Arrows & Errors
Fall 2017

University Settlement, Speyer Hall

Arrows & Errors is a tumble elsewhere to more unformed spaces with no grooves, no tracks, no edges. The performance takes inspiration from the Ali Smith novel, How to Be Both, about a teen coping with their mother's death and a 16th century painter who recently discovers they are a ghost. As the characters begin to deal with their loss of both mother figure and real body, they also experience absence where something was and now isn't. Arrows & Errors explores this gap where something becomes nothing. What is it like to go there? Sweeney, Cranor and collaborators follow the traces of that nothingness—from left-behind objects to old soft-shoe routines without their original performers to eroded memories where only fragments remain to simple silences where we let go of what happened before.

Vulture-Wally (2013)

Incubator Arts Project
St. Marks Church-in-the-Bowery / 2nd Floor / 131 East 10th St.

Vulture-Wally is a dance piece that uses spoken word, song, and dialog to create a long-form poem about who owns our bodies and who authors our stories. Based on the 19th century Austrian Alps folk novel Geier-Wally, the dance dissects the melodramatic hero(ine) by examining individual body parts and pairing the movement with deconstructed classic film scores.

IMPORTANT NOTE: This show moves throughout the theater and invites you to move with it, so wearing comfortable shoes and attire is suggested. Fixed seating options will be available for those in need. Run time: 65 minutes

Vulture-Wally is made possible by Lower Manhattan Cultural Council's Swing Space program.

Choreography: Jillian Sweeney with performers
Performers: Siobhan Burke, Lydia Chrisman, Jillian Sweeney, Tara Willis
Music of: Bernard Hermann
Writers: Jillian Sweeney & Jeffrey Cranor
Direction: Jeffrey Cranor

this could be it (2009)
A multi-media solo riffing on a series of out-of-body moments Jillian actually experienced and involving a landscape of bell chimes, radio waves, breakfast cereal, and imagined movies.

Performed & co-written by: Jillian Sweeney
Co-written & directed by: Jeffrey Cranor
Sound & video by: Brian Rogers
Lighting by: Chloe Z. Brown
Presented by: The Chocolate Factory
script excerpt (PDF)

furies are circuitous (2008)
A dance duet as a winding path of bodies, particularly the sort of fast and furious winding that happens when arms entwine.

Performed by: Tara O'Con & Jillian Sweeney
Original music by: Jason Sebastian
Presented by: DanceNow Festival

imaginary lines (2007)
A dance theater solo about a home-bound woman who swings between the hyper-real and surreal amidst floor plans, body maps, origami chairs, and installation art.

Performed by: Jillian Sweeney
Co-written & directed by: Jeffrey Cranor
Set by: Jillian Sweeney & Jeffrey Cranor
Lighting by: Ayumu Poe Saegusa
Presented with support from: HERE Arts Center
script excerpt (PDF)

close (2005)
A duet of comings and goings and of walks, runs, reverse runs, rolls, gestures, one lift and one embrace.

Performed by: students at Smith College
Music by: Kilowatts
Set & Lighting by: Dan Rist
Presented by: Smith College