There were magpies in my landscape and there were scarecrows.
The scarecrows on the ground are the same thing as the magpies in the sky, they are a part of the landscape.
– Gertrude Stein
This June and July, Lin Hixson and Matthew Goulish of Every house has a door travel to Helsinki for a residency at Mad House to work on their new performance collaboration Scarecrow with Helsinki’s Essi Kausalainen. With Lin directing, and Matthew and Essi performing as well as contributing writing, choreography, costumes, and video, the work proceeds from common interests in inter-species communication (human, plant, animal). Essi’s choreographic poetry and humor provides a starting point for a circuit of research, language, and gesture, with choreography derived from snail behavior and the deleted dance of the Scarecrow in The Wizard of Oz.