MADE IN SEATTLE: ANNA CONNER + CO / BABETTE DELAFAYETTE + JOHN MARC POWELL
MADE IN SEATTLE: ANNA CONNER + CO / BABETTE DELAFAYETTE + JOHN MARC POWELL (BDL | JMP)
OCT 9-11 / 8PM
Velocity Founders Theater 1621 12th Ave
TICKETS $20 / $25 at the door / $15 Students + Seniors / $17 MVP / $50 Patron
Velocity’s next Made in Seattle project brings together three emerging experimentalists gaining recognition for their deeply kinetic, visually saturated performances, in a series of events investigating themes of separation + connection in our digitally-enhanced world.
Velocity also partners with Love City Love to present a weekend of activated environments and events (Oct2-4) in conjunction with Velocity’s Made in Seattle performances by two young boundary-pushing companies—Anna Conner + CO and Babette DeLafayette + John Marc Powell (BDL | JMP)—at Velocity Founders Theater.
ANNA CONNER + CO
Exercises for the unrested: The kingmaker
“Toughly erotic choreography with great skill.”
—The Oregon ArtsWatch
“Conner has a knack for using sets and subsets of bodies to create
curious carvings and contrasts of space onstage.”
– Michael Upchurch, The Seattle Times
A meditative quintet teetering on the edge of chaos, Exercises for the unrested: The kingmaker, plays with the idea of dynamic balance and the instability of human connection. Conner’s viscerally and erotically charged choreography is performed by an outstanding cast: Patrick Kilbane (NW Dance Projects, The YC, Vernae) Calie Swedberg (Saint Genet), Alexander Pham, Hannah Simmons and Cait Wyler. Featuring an original score by ONE and Moped Genius. Costume Consultants: Annie Price and Julia Eckels.
BDL | JMP
separated from the womb we became lions
“Incredibly powerful. (Veil of Forgetfulness) had two performers locked in a battle accompanied by incredibly loud ambient noise. I’m still processing it.”
— Sharon Arnold, owner/director, Roq La Rue
DeLafayette + Powell’s work bridges dance and design at the intersections of human form and technology. Their saturated, sense-assaulting performances activate the somatic, haptic, optic and sonic to expose the body and its vulnerability in our cybernetic world. Already making waves while students at Cornish as The Pendleton House, DeLafayette + Powell have emerged as two of Seattle’s most charismatic experimentalists.
For separated from the womb we became lions DeLafayette investigates dancing within a confined enclosure while encased by Powell’s activated environments, using projections inspired and triggered by DeLafayette’s choreography. An ambient sonic-scape also by Powell viscerally vibrates the audience as sonic swells ebb and flow between minute sounds and cresting cacophonies. Also featuring a stellar cast of outstanding Seattle dancers including Jim Kent (Whim W’Him, Saint Genet, Cherdonna Shinatra), Sean Rosado (The New Animals, DeLouRu Presents, Lingo), Markeith Wiley (The New Animals, DeLouRu Presents, Lingo), Marlys Yvonne (Alonzo King Lines, Lily Kind, Tectonic Marrow Society, The Pendleton House), and Elby Brosh (Dylan Ward, Lou Henry Hoover, Cherdonna Shinatra, Alyza DelPan Monley).
with what we know // activated environments at love city love
with what we know
Velocity at Love City Love
1919 3rd Ave | Seattle, WA 98101
Velocity partners with Love City Love to present a weekend of activated environments and events in conjunction with Velocity’s Made in Seattle presentation of Anna Conner + Co / Babette DeLafayette + John Marc Powell.
with what we know highlights an opening night of activated installations, sculptures, and film, a day of workshops and sensory induced experiences, and a closing night community-focused open music/dance/spoken word jam.
with what we know is a proposition initiated by the artists with Velocity’s Tonya Lockyer and Love City Love’s Jessica Carter.
FRI OCT 2 / 7-10PM
Opening Night | Activated Installations, Sculptures | Solo Performances
Anna Conner + CO / Babette DeLafayette + John Marc Powell in collaboration with The House of ia
SAT OCT 3 / 10-3PM + 6-8PM
Open Gallery | Free Immersive Workshops 11-2PM
Blindfolded Dinner | 6-8PM
Anna Conner + CO / Babette DeLafayette + John Marc Powell
SUN OCT 4 / 12-9PM
Open Gallery 12-6PM | LoveCityLove’s Olisa Enrico leads a Worldless Chorus / Open Improv Jam 6-9PM
Anna Conner + CO / Babette DeLafayette + John Marc Powell
about the artists
ANNA CONNER, named a Featured Artist to Watch in Berlin’s Kaltblut magazine 2014, is a dancer/choreographer based in Seattle, WA since 2006. Her work has been commissioned and presented by Velocity Dance Center, On the Boards, Conduit, Chop Shop, Pacific Dance Makers and Movement Research at Judson Church among others. Conner has received residencies from Ponderosa dance (GER) and Velocity Dance Center (WA). Her work is supported by Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grants, The Seattle Office of Arts and Culture, and 4Culture. Anna Conner + CO works with improvisation, collaboration, research, discussion and reflection. Anna is a managing partner of Open Flight Studio in Seattle.
Choreographer/ Performance Artist BABETTE DELAFAYETTE and Visual/Music artist JOHN MARC POWELL have partnered to form a creative entity that encompasses their omni-disciplinary visions. Babette and John Marc’s work has been presented at Velocity, On The Boards, Cornish College Gallery & Playhouse, 12th Avenue Arts, LoveCityLove, Hedreen Gallery, Steel Gallery at Gage, LxWxH Gallery, Northwest Film Forum, and Benaroya Hall.
WATCH Film – separated from the womb we became lions
WATCH Trailer 2 – Exercises for the unrested: The kingmaker
WATCH Trailer – Exercises for the unrested: The kingmaker
WATCH Trailer – WITH WHAT WE KNOW // ACTIVATED ENVIRONMENTS AT LOVE CITY LOVE
WATCH Excerpt – Exercises for the unrested: The kingmaker
SEE Process Blog – WE BECAME LIONS
LISTEN Made in Seattle – Process / Sound Development – BDL | JMP
WATCH Vimeo Page – BDL
WATCH Vimeo Page – JMP
READ Review – “A Stunner of a Dancer in a Stunner of a Piece.” Michael Upchurch. October 9, 2015.
READ Preview – “Keep it Local and Experimental with Velocity’s ‘Made in Seattle,’ Oct 9 -11.” Claire Biringer. Vanguard Seattle. October 7, 2015.
READ Our Jam Packed Fall Arts Calendar. Seattle Weekly. September 15, 2015.
Anna Conner + CO | Exercises for the unrested: the kingmaker is supported in part by Velocity Dance Center’s Made in Seattle new dance development program, 4Culture, Seattle Office of Arts & Culture, and Foundation for the Arts Emergency Grants, with major support from Case Van Rij.
Babette DeLafayette + John Marc Powell | We Became Lions is supported in part by Velocity Dance Center’s Made in Seattle new dance development program and major support from Case Van Rij.
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