A collaboration between Laurel Jenkins and Matthew Evan Taylor

Choreographic direction by Laurel Jenkins

Musical composition by Matthew Evan Taylor

Costume design by Mira Veikley

Dancers: Julian Barnett, Julia Berazneva, Kristin Borquist, Laurel Jenkins, Sonnie Jenkins-Kent, Tyler Rai, Maia Sauer, and Jocelyn Tobias

Musicians: Mary Gibson, Patricia Jančova, Randal Pierce, Matthew Evan Taylor, and Polly Vanderputten

As artists in residence at Cold Hollow Sculpture Park, composer Matthew Evan Taylor and I created Beacon Fire. This site-specific work functioned as a sonic treasure hunt, leading the  audience through the landscape between David Stromeyer’s sculptures to experience a series of musical and dance études. As the piece progresses, the audience becomes an integral part of the choreography. Beacon Fire was supported by a 2018 Vermont Arts Council Grant and was postponed until the summer of 2021 due to Covid-19.

Video: Beacon Fire

Venue: Cold Hollow Sculpture Park in Enosburg, VT


-“Beacon Fire premiering at Cold Hollow Sculpture Park” | wcax.com

-“Community Through Dance: An Interview with Laurel Jenkins” | Vermont Arts Council

-“Monumental Vermont Sculpture Park Reopens to the Public” | Art & Object