TETHER is the meeting place for Zoey Cane Belyea and Devon J. Adams as they explore new ways of storytelling combining dance and theatre. They rehearse often and perform freely throughout the process. Tether is the tension that holds me to you. It is the space between my knowing and your knowing; the cord we balance our questions on. Tether is the way sometimes one follows and sometimes one leads. Tether is a boundary that sets us free.
Zoey Cane Belyea is a performer especially interested in collaborative ensemble work, physical theatre, and dance. She has worked with several companies including Seattle Shakespeare Company, Book-It Repertory Theatre, Theater Schmeater, Gale Theatre Company, Mouth Radio, and several collaborations with Joanna Garner including the trampoline drug dream, Wild Places. Her performance in Crooked at Theater Schmeater earned a Seattle Times Footlight Award for best performance in 2010.
Zoey has directed several student and professional performances and is a practiced leader of devising processes. She served as the Director for the Paramount Theatre’s Youth Theatre Company, teaching devising and bring student voices and stories to the professional stage. She also serves as the Artistic Director of TETHER theatre/dance, a collective with whom she develops new work that lives in the edge environment between traditional theatre and dance.
Through her background in physical theatre, Zoey continues to explore her relationship with dance. She develops original movement and dance with ensembles of all types and abilities.
Zoey is currently working on two collaborative dance projects. Was it the Wind began in workshop at the Oregon Fringe Festival. This piece explore listening and our relationship to truth and is being created in collaboration with Erin Bednarz’s sound design.
JEFFREY GILLESPIE FOR THE ASHLAND DAILY TIDINGS: “Movement was reminiscent of work of Twlya Tharp, White Bird and others, but outside of that, the process seemed fairly original in concept and execution. Despite a complicated set of circumstances, once the downpour lifted somewhat to a steady drizzle and the performance began to wind down, I was left feeling relaxed, contemplative, and intrigued.” View full video of the OFF performance here.
Zoey is also in beginning stages to develop a piece that tracks the stories of several wilderness fire fighters in Southern Oregon and Northern California. This piece uses dance to explore the line between creation and destruction and encourages audience to consider their place in the collective journey towards sustainability.
In addition to design work as part of several devisign processes, Zoey has worked as video designer, set designer, prop designer, and costume designer with companies such as Balagan Theatre, Gale Theatre Company, Mouth Radio, and frequently designs for her own work with TETHER theatre/dance. She contributed prop design to Balagan Theatre’s August, Osage County which won the 2013 Gregory Award for Best Play in Seattle. Her video work for Gale Theatre’s Florence, which explore the history of silent films and took place in an abandoned electrical substation, was nominated for a B Iden Payne award in 2014. Other award winning credits with Gale include set and costume design for Wail, awarded “Best Non-Traditional Theatre Experience” by Central Texas Theatre in 2015.
Zoey has written in collaboration with several devising projects, including work on the scripts for Florence and W.K. with Gale Theatre Company. She has written short plays on commission for Live Girls! Theatre, and as part of 14/48: The World’s Quickest Theatre Festival. Most recently, she writes poetry and prose for her work with TETHER theatre/dance.
Zoey graduated from Seattle University in 2012 with a B.A. in Theatre. She studied primarily with Rosa Joshi, Ki Gottberg, and Kate Wisnewsky, and Harmony Arnold. She has studied Viewpoints and Suzuki with Sheila Daniels, Michael Place, Cyrus Khambatta, Rich Brown, and Katherine Wilkenson. In 2014 she was selected for The Orchard Project Core Company where she trained in ensemble creation techniques and clown with Cat Mueller . At the Orchard Project she also studied with members of Elevator Repair Service, Mabou Minds, Pig Iron Theatre Company, Underbelly, PeMo, Critical Mass, and many others.
Zoey has been a teaching artist since interning with Seattle Children’s Theatre in 2011. She has worked with all age ranges from preschool to advanced high school and undergraduate students. In addition to teaching for SCT, she also worked with Arts Corps as an Artist in Service in 2012-13, building new structures for innovative arts integration campus wide at Madrona K-8 School in Seattle. She worked in and out of classrooms in Austin, TX with The Zach and The Paramount Academy for the Arts. She often taught and performed with The Paramount’s Literacy to Life program. In Ashland she works in Schools with Stories Alive, and recently finished a year as Interim Education Director of ScienceWorks Hands On Museum, again bringing her unique lens on arts integration and the creative process to camps and school programs.