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SCUBA 2014
APR 25-27 / 8PM
Velocity Founders Theater 1621 12th Ave
TICKETS $18 / $20 at the door / $12 students + seniors / $15 MVP

“A kind of Whitney Biennial of dance, this mobile showcase taps the country’s best emerging talent . . . and sends them on the road.” Minnesota Monthly

SCUBA_NAKA_Debby by Kim Anno

NAKA Dance Theater / Photo Kim Anno

A weekend of critically acclaimed performances by four nationally emerging talents in contemporary dance. Featuring a new SCUBA-commissioned work by Seattle’s Elia Mrak + Erica Badgeley, with Seattle premieres by Nichole Canuso Dance Company (Philadelphia), NAKA Dance Theater (San Francisco) and SuperGroup (Minneapolis).

SCUBA COMMUNITY EVENTS

Nichole Canuso_by Peggy Woolsey_squareARTISTS AS ACTIVISTS: SCUBA SPEAKEASY LIGHTNING TALKS 
THURS APR 24 / 7PM
Velocity Founders Theater 1621 12th Ave
FREE

SCUBA artists present what is fuelling their current work and creative process in a series of lightning talks followed by an open community conversation.

In 2012, NAKA Dance Theater‘s Debby Kajiyama and Jose Navarrete travelled to North Japan as volunteers for the clean up efforts in Tohoku, which was extremely damaged by the 3.11 earthquake, tsunami and nuclear meltdown in Northern Japan. In this special presentation with photos and videos, the artists will talk about the environmental disaster in Japan and how artists are responding to this event. Then, see their response BAILOUT! or Can you picture this prophecy? The temperatures are too hot for me in the SCUBA performance April 25-27.

In a part academic lecture, part embodied practice, part novice theater game, SuperGroup offers a glimpse into their collaborative process and their search for the intelligent multitasking performerNichole Canuso shows a video of her most recent project The Garden, sharing some of the questions and discoveries from this process that invites the audience to become a part of the work through new technologies. Elia Mrak + Erica Badgeley discuss “Dramaturgy of the Body” — What is ‘dramaturgy’, and how does the body source it?.

The 2014 Speakeasy Series is sponsored in part by the generous support of Robert Stumberger.

Elia Mrak_webMASTER CLASS SERIES: ELIA MRAK
HORIZONTAL.VERTICAL
WED APR 23 / 8:9:30PM
Velocity 
1621 12th Ave
$15 Drop-in / $12 MVP / $10 with SCUBA ticket

Elia Mrak fuses physical technique with imagination to transform his practices of Qigong, Bboying and Flying Low, into a dramaturgy of theater. Born in Seattle, he has performed, taught and directed throughout the last decade in Europe, Central/South America, and the United States. Mentors include: David Zambrano (BELGIUM), Park Young-Cool (KOREA) and FeverOne (USA/Rocksteady).Through games, exercises and phrases, train the pathway from horizontal to vertical, and back to horizontal again. Read full class description >>

PRESS

PRESS RELEASE — Velocity’s SCUBA National Touring Network for Dance 2014

SCUBA 2014 is co-presented by Velocity Dance Center (Seattle), Ritz Theater (Minneapolis), ODC Theater (San Francisco) and Philadelphia Dance Projects.

Velocity’s presentation of SCUBA 2014 is made possible by generous support from National Endowment for the Arts Art Works, The Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, The Seattle Foundation, 4Culture, ArtsFund, The Office of Arts & Culture,  The Pruzan Foundation, Pacific Continental Bank, Microsoft and the Morris Clitherow Family Fund.