Next Fest 2019

NEXT FEST 2019 – Ritual and Rebellion
Curated by Nia Amina-Minor, Fausto Rivera, + Cameo Lethem
THURS. Dec. 12 – SUN. Dec. 15 / 7:30 PM
@ Velocity

Ritual is… remembering, repeating, holding sacred.
Rebellion is… refusal, resistance, interruption. 

Next Fest NW is Velocity’s experimental new works festival, celebrating contemporary dance and movement-based artists innovating in our region. Throughout its history, it has provided a platform for urgent explorations that will seed projects for years to come. This year the curatorial team celebrates the lineage of experimentation at the heart of this festival, while exploring how we can cultivate projects and artists beyond the performance dates. We are inviting selected artists to experiment with us as we move Next Fest toward a system of multi-year peer support, organizational and artistic collaborations, and community sustainability.

This year, the curators have worked in collaboration with Velocity Artistic Director Erin Johnson to create this year’s prompt Ritual and Rebellion. These words are about how we relate to the systems and practices we’ve inherited. They are ways we integrate the past into our present moment, and they are the actions that move us closer to who we want to be. Tell us about the work you want to make within the context of this theme of Ritual + Rebellion. Why make this work here? Why make it now? Why make it in this way? Give us insight into what motivates this work, and how you are engaging with the past and looking toward the future with this new piece. 

Proposals for installations, performances, live art and other formats welcome.

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