Biography:

Cave Dogs brings together visual artists, musicians, dancers, storytellers, and writers in the spirit of experimental interdisciplinary collaboration. Our performances consist of innovative, large-scale shadow projections cast onto a scrim from sculptures, props, and the human body. Using improvisational techniques, the cast shadows move in concert with projected video imagery, spoken narrative, and original soundtrack. Working with a variety of artistic media, we tell stories, create visual tableaus, and produce effects that approach the dreamlike quality of early experimental film. Cave Dogs tells stories that charm, intrigue, challenge, and captivate adults and children alike. The text, visual imagery, and sounds weave together to create a rich multi-media artifact that documents, preserves, and celebrates important cultural voices and stories. Cave Dogs has received grants from the Jim Henson Foundation (NYC), The NLT Foundation (Boston, MA), and Franklin Furnace (NYC), and The State University of New York (New Paltz, NY). The have recently performed at the Center for Contemporary Art in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Their New York City performances include P.S. 122, Henry Street Settlement, HERE, Time and Space Limited, The Woodstock Comeau Property, The Widow Jane Mine and SUNY New Paltz - McKenna Theater and Studley Theater. Boston Performances included an extended run at Mobius, as well as engagements at The School of the Museum of Fine Arts, The Massachusetts College of Art, The Cambridge Multicultural Art Center, and Boston College. Cave Dogs was recognized by Boston's PBS affiliate, WGBH, as a part of their Greater Boston Arts documentary series. WBUR, Boston's NPR affiliate, featured the Cave Dogs on the afternoon radio show, "Here and Now," exploring the unique creative process of the group and its musical sources.

Project Description:

"Legacies" is a multi-media, contemporary shadow performance that explores the influences of pacifism, activism, materialism and poverty as forces that both bind and erode three families over the course of several generations within the same New York City apartment building. With each suddeeding generation (World War I and the union building/busting era, the late 1960s, and the present), the inherited material, political, and spiritual legacies are revealed and represented in a narrative woven together with shadow and video projections and an original soundtrack. The exploration of this landscape is part documentary and part fictionalized realism developed through extensive research, live recordings, and written preservation of oral traditions.