NEXT FEST NW 2016: pastforward

 

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— Seattle Magazine

“If you’re wondering what’s about to come around the corner for new dance in Seattle,
this is the place to look.”
— The Stranger

 

PHOTO COURTESY OF CHAMP ENSMINGER

 

 

NEXT DANCE CINEMA 2016
DEC 5 / 7PM + 8:30PM
Northwest Film Forum 1515 12th Ave
TICKETS $10 (ONE SCREENING) / $15 (BOTH SCREENINGS)

 

NEXT FEST NW 2016 PERFORMANCES
DEC 9-11 / 7:30PM
Velocity Founders Theater 1621 12th Ave

TICKETS $20 / $25 at the door / $18 Under 25 w/ ID / $17 MVP / $50 Patron

 

NANCY STARK SMITH GLIMPSE 3 PERFORMANCE INSTALLATIONS
DEC 16 + 17 / 5-7PM
Velocity Founders Theater
1621 12th Ave
TICKETS $15 / $12 MVP

 

Velocity Presents Next Fest NW 2016: pastFORWARD—two weeks of performances, screenings and special events celebrating Northwest innovators in contemporary dance and dance cinema.

From transgender takes on Balanchine’s “Serenade,” to architectural drag, and reciprocal navel gazing – this year’s artists create new historical narratives and imagine brave new futures. Don’t miss exciting new performances by: Ethan Folk + Ty Wardwell, Syniva Whitney (Gender Tender), Quinn Hallenbeck, Sabina Moe, Alisa Popova, and Hayley Shannon.

On December 5, join us for Next Dance Cinema, a single night, double screening of local and inter/national dance films. Next Dance Cinema screens work by artists exploring the potential between dance and film, and offers audiences insight into the cutting-edge possibilities.

Iconoclast Nancy Stark Smith is also in residence at Velocity for The Glimpse Project: three weeks of workshops, conversations, community performance scores, and a performance installation to close out Next Fest NW 2016. Stark Smith is a legendary central figure in a generation of brave experimentalists whose work in the 60s and 70s continues to have a profound impact on the “cutting-edge” of contemporary dance today.

 

NEXT FEST NW PERFORMANCES

 

NEXT FEST NW 2016 PERFORMANCES
DEC 9-11 / 7:30PM
Velocity Founders Theater 1621 12th Ave

TICKETS $20 / $25 at the door / $18 Under 25 w/ ID / $17 MVP / $50 Patron


PHOTO NIKOLAI LESNIKOV


See how emerging artists are imagining new futures.
From transgender takes on Balanchine’s “Serenade,” to architectural drag, and reciprocal navel gazing – this year’s artists create new historical narratives and imagine brave new futures. Don’t miss exciting new performances by: Ethan Folk + Ty Wardwell, Syniva Whitney (Gender Tender), Quinn Hallenbeck, Sabina Moe, Alisa Popova, and Hayley Shannon.
 
Curated by Tonya Lockyer and a peer panel including Heather Kravas, Alice Gosti, Wade Madsen, and Lorraine Lau.

 

 

next dance cinema 2016

 
NEXT DANCE CINEMA 2016
DEC 5 / 7PM + 8:30PM
Northwest Film Forum 1515 12th Ave
TICKETS $10 (ONE SCREENING) / $15 (BOTH SCREENINGS)

 

PHOTO FROM BRETT LOVE’S “FLOATING”

Velocity’s annual Next Dance Cinema offers dance lovers and film lovers alike insight into how contemporary dance cinema continues to expand the possibilities of the screen.

ONE NIGHT ONLY two unique screenings of trail blazing local and inter/national dance films.

SEE THE FULL LINE-UP >>

 

glimpse 3 performance installations

 
Glimpse 3 PERFORMANCE INSTALLATIONS
DEC 16 + 17 / 5-7PM
Velocity Founders Theater
1621 12th Ave
TICKETS $15 / $12 MVP

 

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PHOTO RAISA KYLLIKKI KARJALAINEN

 

Step into a living world—somewhere between a 3D moving art installation, a visit to the zoo, and your living room. An international group of dancers (and one musician) share the results of their research into the potentials of the Underscore through a live improvised composition.

 

Directed by Nancy Stark Smith + Mike Vargas (live music Dec 17th only), with Katherine Cook, and other co-researchers.

 

LEARN MORE >>

 

 

special events

 

15137645_1150309405024607_6171041540668484618_oLAST DANCE V2 FAREWELL PERFORMANCE PARTY
DEC 10 / 9:30PM
Velocity: V2 1525 11th Ave
$5 minimum donation at the door
All proceeds help keep community art space on the hill

 

Say good-bye to V2 with a special one-night-only performance party. Dance happenings by an emerging generation of artists take-over V2. Meet, greet, drink + DANCE. Join the send-off! More info >>

 

 

insights

 
ETHAN FOLK + TY WARDWELL’s guys like me invites the audience to be the taste-makers for the night, voting for three different pieces – 1. a social political work about toxic masculinity + privilege, 2. reciprocal naval gazing, and 3. exploring their fascination with butter.

What could happen in this building or body in the future and what has happened at these sites in the past? SYNIVA WHITNEY’S The Renovation is a ridiculous and serious embodiment of the possibility that anything is possible. A shape shifting cast of artists transforms the space, or tries and fails, or tries and succeeds. Part architectural drag, part DIY home renovation show satire, part space opera, part post modern jazz and somatic dance, The Renovation investigates the spaces above, below, around, on and inside of us all.

QUINN HALLENBECK’S serenade in c is a visceral display of what it takes to be a ballerina: technique, devotion, and a classical music overlord. Through the implementation and manipulation of ballet vocabulary the work challenges George Balanchine’s original Serenade first performed in 1934–a vestige thesis on women in ballet. Obsessing on the alleged stamina, virtuosity, and feminine aesthetic promoted in dance to qualify as a ballerina, a dancer, a woman, Hallenback asks Am I woman enough? Do I work hard enough? Am I beautiful enough?

★ In Becoming the Best, SABINA MOE pointedly compares the pompousness and fragility of high-powered business men with the shallow vanity of majestic birds of paradise. Raw human gesture, tableaux, and heart break work to relieve the weight of terror on your heart in this subtle dark comedy. This is masculinity as it is starved, stripped, and asked “Does Polly want a cracker?”

In watching the dance of the everyday, a.k.a. people watching, ALISA POPOVA explores repetition, specifically of one sports brand, Adidas – the ultimate representation of coolness among Russian “gangster-wannabes.” Her duet Three Stripes and You’re Out plays with alternate frames for watching performance, minimalism, secrecy, and the balance of masculine coolness and its awkward absurdity.

HAYLEY SHANNON confronts learned Patriarchal narratives of being less-than, and discovering personal stories as a gateway to a lineage of endurance from abuse. She who walks in shadows walks in light explores narratives of intergenerational women of harnessing an intuitive power that was taught to be quiet, and dismantling patterns of the compromising of self. With original sound scores by Devin Bews.

 

press

 

A Glimpse into the Underscore
Kaitlin McCarthy, Seattle Dances, December 28, 2016

New Dimensions in New Dance Cinema
Megan Stevenson, Seattle Dances, December 27, 2016

‘Next Fest NW’ Looks to the Future
Kailtin McCarthy, City Arts Magazine, December 14, 2016

The Top Things to Do This Weekend: December 8–11
Seattle Met Magazine, December 8, 2016

The Best Theater, Dance, and Comedy Events in Seattle This Winter
The Stranger’s Seattle Art And Performance Quarterly, December 7, 2016

The Top 15 Things to Do This Week
Seattle Weekly, December 7, 2016

Next Fest 2016 Performances at Velocity Dance Center, December 9-11 (Plus V2 Closing Party)
T.s. Flock, Vanguard Seattle, December 5, 2016

 

Velocity’s presentation of Next Fest NW 2016: pastFORWARD + Next Dance Cinema is made possible thanks to the generous support of 4 Culture, ArtsFund, The Seattle Office of Arts & Culture, The Seattle Foundation, NEA Art Works, The Boeing Company, The Glenn H Kawasaki Foundation, Jeremy Steward + Eric Hartmann, and Case van Rij.

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