"astonishing work of visual, musical, and physical art."
- Trey Hatch, The Stranger
Scott/Powell Performance is rooted in a dedicated 24-year collaboration between choreographer Mary Sheldon Scott and composer Jarrad Powell. Created in 1994, Scott/Powell Performance has a history of strong artistic vision, and is recognized as an important creative force in the Pacific Northwest. Their performance research has resulted in a series of "mysterious and beautiful works filled with oblique references to the natural world." (The Seattle Weekly). Scott’s choreography uses the rigor of a technical and charged movement vocabulary to expose a physical voice that is elemental and visceral. Powell’s sound scores, lyrical and haunting, create powerful and evocative sonic landscapes that challenge and shape the performance space. Robert Campbell, installation artist, digital print maker, filmmaker and video artist, is a frequent collaborator with Scott and Powell.
Scott/Powell Performance has been presented through On the Boards, Portland Institute of Contemporary Art's TBA Festival, Dance Theater Workshop/NYC, Myrna Loy Center/Helena Presents, The Southern Theater/Minneapolis, Pacific Northwest Ballet's Celebrate Seattle Festival, Western Washington University, American College Dance Festival, Bumbershoot Festival, Velocity Dance Center, Cornish College of the Arts and the Composer/Choreographer Series. Projects of Scott/Powell Performance have received funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, the National Performance Network Creation Fund, Artist Trust, 4Culture/King County, The Mayor’s Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs/City of Seattle, the Washington State Arts Commission, and the Washington Composer’s Forum. Scott/Powell Performance was a 2008 SCUBA Touring Program Company.