// Velocity 2014 calendar //

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ARTISTS AS ACTIVISTS: SCUBA SPEAKEASY LIGHTING TALKS 
THURS APR 24 / 7PM
Velocity Founders Theater 1621 12th Ave
FREE

SCUBA artists NAKA Dance Theater, Elia Mrak + Erica Badgeley, Nichole Canuso, and SuperGroup present what is fuelling their current work and creative process in a series of lightning talks followed by an open community conversation. More info >>

 

2debi red sweater_SQUARESCUBA 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

A weekend of critically acclaimed performances by four nationally emerging talents in contemporary dance. Featuring a new 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). More info >>

EYE OF LEO PHOTO WEB_photo Joseph LambertGUEST ARTIST SERIES:
SARA SHELTON MANN (SF)
THE EYE OF LEO SHOWING
MAY 25 / 7PM WITH POST-SHOWING CONVERSATION
Velocity Founders Theater 1621 12th Ave
TICKETS $12 / $9 MVP

Legendary San Francisco iconoclast choreographer Sara Shelton Mann crafts solos for three of Seattle’s most provocative dance artists — Alia Swersky, Alice Gosti Beth Graczyk.

 

 

Alexis Convento and Bennyroyce RoyonSTRICTLY SEATTLE PERFORMANCES 2014
JULY 25
 / 8PM
JULY 26 / 2PM + 8PM
Broadway Performance Hall 1625 Broadway
TICKETS $18 / $12 students + seniors / $15 MVP

Super-charged new works by zoe | juniper, Pat Graney, Bennyroyce Royon, Jody Kuehner, Shannon Stewart, Rosa Vissers + Bryon Carr created during the three-week Strictly Seattle Summer Dance Intensive. More info >>

IMG_5086_Driscoll_by Stephen SchreiberDANCE INNOVATORS IN PERFORMANCE
Part of the Seattle Festival of Dance Improvisation (SFDI)
JULY 31 / 8PM
Broadway Performance Hall
 1625 Broadway
TICKETS $12

A critical mass of exciting artists who have been dancing everywhere but in the mainstream. More info >>

 

BB-PE|Mo_photo by Tino Tran_squareTHE FALL KICK-OFF + BIG BANG! 2014
SEPT 18-21, 2014
Velocity 1621 12th Ave

Celebrate the kick-off to the Seattle Dance Season. The annual Fall Kick-Off is one of Velocity’s most high-energy weekends of dance. Each night brings Seattle’s gifted and charismatic artists together to benefit Velocity and celebrate the talent and imagination of Seattle’s dance scene.

Seattle Dance Showcases re-live the best performance moments of the last season and preview what’s to come. The BIG BANG! has Velocity bursting at the seams with live music, dance, film and spectacle 7:30 – 11:30PM. Each night is one-of-a-kind and not to be missed. A benefit for Velocity’s 2015 Programming.

Cherdonna_FB_3__Eric Paguio_squareMADE IN SEATTLE:
JODY KUEHNER AKA CHERDONNA SHINATRA
World Premiere
 THE CHERDONNA SHOW: WORTH MY SALT
Velocity Founders Theater
1621 12th Ave
OCT 17-19 + OCT 24-26, 2014 / 8PM

TICKETS $20 / $25 at the door / $15 student + senior / $17 MVP

Jody Kuehner, aka “huge-haired, worship-worthy” Cherdonna Shinatra, creates her first evening length Cherdonna Show, Worth My Salt — a one-of-a-kind dance spectacular commissioned, produced and presented by Velocity’s Made In Seattle dance development program. More info >>
 

PAST 13/14 EVENTS

 

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VELOCITY’S ANNUAL BASH:
MADE IN SEATTLE
THURSDAY APRIL 10
5:30PM VIP RECEPTION / 6:30PM DOORS OPEN
AXIS Pioneer Square 308 1st Avenue South
TICKETS $250 VIP / $120

Delicious Seasonal Dinner ♥ Dessert by The Kingfish Cafe ♥ Craft Cocktails ♥ Open Bar

GUESTS OF HONOR | Mark Haim + The Paul G. Allen Family Foundation

Velocity celebrates Seattle as a radiator of risk + innovation in an evening to support our groundbreaking work and Made in Seattle new dance development artists. Join us for performances by celebrated Made in Seattle artists Amy O’Neal, Ezra Dickinson, Kate Wallich + Matt Drews and Jody Kuehner (Cherdonna Shinatra), live and silent auctions and a raucous raise the paddle — followed by a DJ’d dance party. More info >>

HolmesKJ01_by Green DengSPEAKEASY SERIES EVENT:
DANCE ARTIST K.J. HOLMES + POET JULIE CARR IN PERFORMANCE
Co-presented with 10 degrees, Studio Current + On the Boards
MAR 1 / 5:30PM
10 degrees 
1312 E Union St 
Suggested donation $5

An evening of viewing videos of collaborations between poets + dancers from the late 1970s to now (including Steve Paxton + Lisa Nelson, Margaret Jenkins, Contraband, Ralph Lemon + others) followed by an excerpt of K.J. Holmes new piece with Julie Carr, Q+A and conversation. More info >>

SE_IMG_9416_squareMADE IN SEATTLE:
Kate Wallich + The YC with Andrew Bartee
World premiere: Super Eagle
FEB 13-16 / 8PM
Velocity Founders Theater 1621 12th Ave
TICKETS $20 / $25 at the door / $15 students + seniors / $17 MVP

Seattle choreographer Kate Wallich/The YC and Pacific Northwest Ballet dancer/choreographer Andrew Bartee join forces to collaborate and create their first evening length work Super Eagle with Wallich’s company The YC, premiering as part of Velocity’s Made in Seattle dance development program. More info >>

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SPEAKEASY SERIES:
SUPER EAGLE: THE GUTS + GLORY OF COLLABORATION
SUN FEB 9 / 7PM
Velocity Founders Theater 1621 12th Ave
Pay-what-you-can

Join us for a screening of the film Super Eagle: The Overture, a visual prelude to the world premiere of Kate Wallich + The YC with Andrew Bartee’s Super Eagle February 13-16, followed by a conversation demystifying the art of collaboration and the challenges of translation. The YC’s stellar company shares their process from conception to co-creation. More info >>

Colleen McNeary_courtesy of the artistTHE BRIDGE PROJECT 2014
JAN 31 – FEB 2 / 8PM
Velocity Founders Theater
 1621 12th Ave
TICKETS $18 / $20 at the door / $12 students + seniors / $15 MVP

Featuring new work by Shannon Stewart, Babette McGeady, Anna Conner and Colleen McNeary. The Bridge Project is Velocity’s new works series that challenges 4 of Seattle’s most promising emerging choreographers to create 4 new works in the pressure cooker of just 3 weeks.

Confluence+Rebellion_FlyerImageNOtextSPEAKEASY SERIES:
CONFLUENCE + REBELLION WITH TORBEN ULRICH, BETH BRACZYK + ANGELINA BALDOZ
THURS JAN 16 / 7PM
Velocity Founders Theater 1621 12th Ave
FREE + open to the public

Join us for an experiential evening with renowned director Torben Ulrich, dancer Beth Graczyk and musician Angelina Baldoz as they share elements of their project Cacophony for 8 Players, and generate discussion around the nature of influence, inspiration and collaboration. More info >>

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DEC 9-15

NEXT FEST NW PERFORMANCES // DEC 13-15 / 8PM
Velocity Founders Theater 1621 12th Ave
TICKETS $18 / $12 students + seniors / MVP $15

NEXT DANCE CINEMA // DEC 9-10 / 7PM
Northwest Film Forum 1515 12th Ave
TICKETS $11 / $8 student + senior / $6 NWFF member + MVP
Tickets available through Northwest Film Forum

Next Fest NW is Velocity’s new works series celebrating what’s happening in contemporary dance, movement-based performance and dance cinema in the Northwest. Next Dance Cinema features the best in local and international dance on screen. This popular local film festival, founded in 2006 by Velocity to feature local dance filmmakers, expands this year to include two nights and to feature some of the best in new dance cinema from around the globe. Presented by Velocity in partnership with Northwest Film Forum. More info >>

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With choreographer/filmmaker Dayna Hanson (2013 A.I.R.)
NOV 10 / 6:30-9:30PM
Velocity Founders Theater 1621 12th Ave
FREE

Artists and attendees engage in constructive dialogue facilitated by choreographer/filmmaker Dayna Hanson (Velocity 2013 A.I.R.) with hosts Zoe Scofield (zoe | juniper) + Tonya Lockyer. More info >>

 

gregory-maqoma-01DANCE LECTURE SERIES
Contemporary Dance in Africa: A Public Conversation with Gregory Maqoma
OCT 22 / 11:30AM – 12:30PM 
Velocity Dance Center 1621 12th Ave
FREE
Join Gregory Maqoma for a public conversation with Velocity Executive/Artistic Director Tonya Lockyer directly after his Master Class. Maqoma will talk about his work and dance history, the electrifying creative fomentation happening in African dance today, and the complexities of a contemporary ‘African identity’. More info >>

 

A panel talk + community conversation exploring gender stereotypes and the body. From small press zines through mainstream comic superheroes, dance performance and “nerdlesque”, hear from some of the most engaged local artists + publishers on the topic. Come share your view on how these perceptions of embodiment influence pop culture — or is it the other way around?

Panelists: Charles “Zan” Christensen, Jennifer K. Stuller, Jo Jo StilettoMaya SotoKelly Froh + Eroyn Franklin. More info >>

An Arts Crush Featured Event. Curated by Melinda Fox (geek/activist/nonprofit strategist).

square_Tree_CR Kaoru OkumuraSPEAKEASY SERIES:
THE ENGENDERING PROJECT: EVER BETWEENING
OCT 6 / 5-6:30PM
Velocity Founders Theater 1621 12th Avenue
FREE

Join director/performer Joan Laage (Kogut Butoh), collaborators Kaoru Okumura and Jackie An, with artists Douglas Ridings, Tanja Woloshen and Velocity co-founder Michele Miller in a roundtable discussion focused on gender fluidity and transformation in the creative arts. More info >>

 

BIG BANG! // SEPT 26 / 7:30-11:30PM
SEATTLE DANCE SHOWCASES // SEPT 27 + 28 + 29 / 8PM
Velocity 1621 12th Ave
TICKETS BIG BANG! $10-$500 / Showcases $20 or $50

Celebrate the kick-off to the Seattle Dance Season. The annual Fall Kick-Off is one of Velocity’s most high-energy weekends of dance. Each night brings Seattle’s gifted and charismatic artists together to benefit Velocity and celebrate the talent and imagination of Seattle’s dance scene.

Friday, Saturday and Sunday Seattle Dance Showcases re-live the best performance moments of the last season and preview what’s to come. Thursday’s BIG BANG! has Velocity bursting at the seams with live music, dance, film and spectacle 7:30 – 11:30PM. Each night is one-of-a-kind and not to be missed. A benefit for Velocity’s 2014 Programming. More info >>

Daniel Linehan Zombie Aphoria_squareCR Jean Luc TangheVELOCITY OPEN FORUM: THE GOOD LIFE
SEPT 5-14, 2013
All events free unless otherwise noted.

A week of multidisciplinary art, book clubs, workshops, Speakeasy Events and conversations takes place alongside Guest Artist Daniel Linehan’s performances Not About Everything + The Karaoke Dialogues: Seattle Trial with a focus on what it means to take an ethical approach to life and art. Velocity Open Forums invite one-and-all into open, free-wheeling conversations on issues in contemporary art and society. More info >>

 

Daniel LinehanGUEST ARTIST SERIES:
DANIEL LINEHAN (WA/Belgium)
Not About Everything + The Karaoke Dialogues: Seattle Trial
PERFORMANCES: SEPT 12-14 / 8PM
OPEN FORUM SEPT 5-14
Velocity Founders Theater 1621 12th Avenue
TICKETS $18 / $12 students + seniors / MVP $15

Velocity presents a homecoming for Washington State native and emerging international superstar, Daniel Linehan. Linehan performs his critically acclaimed Not About Everything and leads a 6-day Residency with a cast of Seattle guest artists to create the latest installment of The Karaoke DialoguesMore info >>

Stephanie Skura_ Ian Douglas_72_squareDANCE INNOVATORS IN PERFORMANCE
Part of the 20th Seattle Festival of Dance Improvisation (SFDI)
AUG 1 / 8PM
Broadway Performance Hall
 1625 Broadway
TICKETS $12 general
POST-SHOW TALK / 10PM  Velocity

A critical mass of exciting artists who have been dancing everywhere but in the mainstream. Performances by John Jasperse, Sara Shelton Mann, Chris Aiken, Jill Sigman, Louis Gervais, Salt Horse, Karen Nelson + more! More info >>

 

 

STRICTLY SEATTLE PERFORMANCES 2013
JULY 26 / 8PM
JULY 27 / 2PM + 8PM
Broadway Performance Hall 1625 Broadway
TICKETS $18 general / $12 students + seniors / $15 MVP

Super-charged new works by zoe | juniper +  KT Niehoff + Marlo Martin + Mark Haim + Ellie Sandstrom + Ricki Mason created during the three-week Strictly Seattle Summer Dance Intensive. More info >>

 

Tiki and Pat Graney editWHAT WE TALK ABOUT WHEN WE TALK ABOUT. . .
STRICTLY SEATTLE EDITION WITH PAT GRANEY
July 21 / 6:30-9:30PM
Velocity Founders Theater 1621 12th Ave
FREE

In this special Strictly Seattle edition of WWT@WWT@, Strictly Seattle students and attendees engage in constructive dialogue facilitated by Seattle dance legend Pat Graney and hosts Zoe Scofield (zoe | juniper) + Velocity. Created in collaboration with Velocity 2013 A.I.R. zoe | juniper. More info >>

 

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No one to witness and adjust #4
Open Performance Research + Process
MAY 23-24 / 12-9PM
Velocity Steward Studio 1621 12th Ave
Post-show Q+A with Jeremy M. Barker (NYC)
FREE

Audiences watch zoe | juniper’s research process from the unique perspective of the floor, lying down for an intimate 30 minute experience, surrounded by movement and video. Part of an ongoing series of chamber studies reframing the development process of zoe | juniper’s BeginAgain, commissioned by On the Boards. More info >>

Ezra-Dickinson_CR-Anthony-Rigano_squareMADE IN SEATTLE: EZRA DICKINSON
Mother for you I made this
MAY 6-19 / 7pm Daily
Various Downtown Locations
TICKETS 
$18 / $12 students + seniors

Part performance and part activism, Ezra Dickinson‘s Mother for you I made this is aimed at activating a conversation about the failed mental health care system in America through memories of Dickinson’s childhood as he lived with and unknowingly cared for his schizophrenic mother. More info >>

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SEATTLE YOUTH DANCE COLLECTIVE (SYDC) SHOWING
MAY 11 / 4PM
Velocity Founders Theater 1621 12th Ave
Suggested Donation $5

Check out new choreographic and collaborative works created by the young members of Seattle Youth Dance Collective with mentorship by SYDC faculty Amy O’Neal and Maya Soto, and guest mentors Tonya Lockyer and KT Niehoff.
More info >>

SS_CR-Adam-SekulerSCUBA 2013
APR 26-28 / 8PM
Velocity Founders Theater
 1621 12th Ave
TICKETS $18 / $15 MVP / $12 students + seniors

“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

A weekend of critically acclaimed performances by three nationally emerging talents in contemporary dance including a world premiere by Maureen Whiting, Seattle’s own Shannon Stewart and Philadelphia’s Green Chair Dance GroupMore info >>

mandy greerWHAT WE TALK ABOUT WHEN WE TALK ABOUT. . . WITH MANDY GREER
APR 14 / 6:30-9:30PM
Velocity Founders Studio 1621 12th Ave
Free

Artists and attendees will engage in constructive dialogue moderated by multidisciplinary artist Mandy GreerZoe Scofield of zoe|juniper and Velocity’s Artistic Director Tonya LockyerCreated in collaboration with 2012 Artist-in-Residence zoe|juniper. More info >>

 

ezra_squareLIFE+ART: LIVING WITH THE MENTALLY ILL
SPEAKEASY CONVERSATION WITH EZRA DICKINSON
APR 14 / 2PM

Velocity Steward Studio 1621 12th Ave
Free

Ezra Dickinson shares his experience creating solos as gifts for his schizophrenic mother and invites an open community conversation about mental health care and how it impacts our families and society. In conjunction with his upcoming Velocity Made in Seattle premiere Mother for you I made thisMore info >>

rite of spring1THE RITE OF SPRING: VELOCITY’S ANNUAL BASH
Avant-garde Glamour | Dinner + 
Apéritifs | Performance
FRIDAY APR 5 / 6:30PM
415 Westlake
 415 Westlake Ave N

Velocity’s annual fundraising event to benefit Seattle’s epicenter of contemporary dance. This year’s theme is an elegant and immersive evening celebrating the revolutionary spirit of experimentation and collaboration of the Ballets Russes (1909-1929) and the Centennial of Nijinsky’s “crime against grace” Le Sacre du Printemps (1913).

Jeremy Wade squareGUEST ARTIST SERIES:
JEREMY WADE (BERLIN/NYC)
Fountain
FEB 15 + 16 / 8PM
Velocity Founders Theater 1621 12th Ave on Capitol Hill

In his solo Fountain, Bessie Award-winning Jeremy Wade assumes the role of preacher, shaman, and fool, by offering himself as a medium to receive and transform the energy of the theater space taking the audience on an emotional and alchemical journey. Wade’s choreographic technique is a unique encounter of aesthetic, sociological, and neurological dimensions.

THE BRIDGE PROJECT 2013
FEB 1-3 / 8PM
Velocity Founders Theater
 1621 12th Ave

New works by Amy JohnsonBritt KarhoffChris McCallister and Elia Mrak

The Bridge Project is Velocity’s new works series that challenges 4 of Seattle’s most promising emerging choreographers to create 4 new works in the pressure cooker of just 3 weeks.

 

HomeBuying_Invite_squareSERVICE + PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT:
PLANT YOUR ROOTS: ARTISTS’ FIRST-TIME HOME BUYING

Velocity 1621 12th Ave
REGISTER $8 for Artist Trust Members / $10 for non-Artist Trust Members

Dream about owning your own home someday? It might be easier than you think. Presenters Wendy Ceccherelli (Arthaven), Randy Engstrom (Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs), Garbo Grossman (Homestead Community Land Trust) + Michelle Taul (Directors Mortgage) will walk you through working with a real estate broker, finding property, credit, and alternative means of borrowing money. Presented in partnership with Artist Trust.

Season Sponsors
Velocity’s programs are made possible thanks to the support of 4Culture, ArtsFund, The Seattle Office of Arts & Culture, Horizons Foundation, The New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Dance Project, with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and additional funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, WESTAF, The National Endowment for the Arts, The Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, The Glenn H. Kawasaki Foundation, The Seattle Foundation, The Boeing Company, Pruzan Foundation, Stewart and Jesse Abelson Foundation, Bank of America, Pacific Continental Bank, Microsoft, and the Snoqualmie Tribe.