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FEATURED EVENT

made_in_sea_luskMADE IN SEATTLE: KIM LUSK
A Dance for Dark Horses
World Premiere

MAR 8–11 / 7:30PM
Velocity 1621 12th Ave
$20 ($25 at the door) / $17 MVP Member / $15 under 25 (w/ ID) / $50 Patron
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The first evening-length work by this fast-rising choreographer, A Dance for Dark Horses is packed with Lusk’s signature “gut-busting parody”, dry humor, and physical virtuosity.  With an original score inspired by 90s pop beats, Lusk promises to tell stories about failure, success, and the power of group magic. / Photo by Ryan Hume

UPCOMING EVENTS

AJnC Dance Theater Presents "Young Manic / I Wanted to Be on Broadway" / FEB 16-18 + 23-25ACCESS VELOCITYAJnC DANCE THEATER
Young Manic / I Wanted To Be On Broadway

FEB 16–18 + 23–25 / 8PM
Velocity 1621 12th Ave
$16 ($20 at the door)
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AJnC Dance-Theater, directed by Cornish alum Amy J Lambert, presents their second evening-length production, Young Manic / I Wanted To Be On Broadway, where 12 performers grapple with childhood dreams of Broadway fame. Through Cunningham-style modern dance, a few show-tunes, and a glitzy light installation to boot, the performers cope with their own personal and community disappointments when the show must go on.

READ “The Things That Matter in Life (Are Useless)”—Amy J. Lambert, Velocity’s STANCE: Journal of Choreographic Culture


workshop_hypernova_calWORKSHOP/AUDITION: RAINBOW FLETCHER | HYPERNOVA

SAT FEB 24 / 2PM–4PM
Velocity 1621 12th Ave
Drop-in: $20

HYPERNOVA contemporary dance company seeks to cast 6–9 guest artists in their newest work, Eleven Eleven: A High-Energy Meditation on Coincidence. This piece will debut in Northwest New Works at On The Boards, June 16 + 17, with more performances in fall 2018. This workshop/audition will be an opportunity for dancers to share in the experience of trying on a new aesthetic and vocabulary of movement. Attendees can expect athletic, full-bodied phrase work that takes you through space with detailed, fast-twitch speed and articulation. Auditioning is encouraged, but not required to attend.


workshop_alice-gosti_calWORKSHOP/AUDITION: ALICE GOSTI

SUN MAR 4 / 6–10PM
Velocity 
1621 12th Ave
Drop in: $20 MVP Member ($25 regular)

Explore and learn movement materials + improvisational scores around the primary themes of Alice Gosti’s new work Material Deviance in Contemporary American Culture (MDICAC). Dancers will be selected to be part of the Seattle performances (premiering at On the Boards, March 29–31 at 8pm and April 1 at 5pm). Performers of all backgrounds and types are encouraged to audition. / Photo by Tim Summers

 

 


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WORKSHOP: THE HIJACK EXPERIENCE
(Body as camera, as film, as choreographer, as subject.
Turn it in, turn it out, turn it on, turn it off)

MAR 10–11 / 2:30–5PM
Velocity 1621 12th Ave
Sliding scale // Both days: $45–$75 / One day: $25–$35

HIJACK will teach some of their favorite methods, including work influenced by Nancy Stark Smith’s Underscore on work influenced by Lisa Nelson’s work as a filmmaker. Classes are open to anyone; there will be dancing and choreographing and improvising. HIJACK, based in Minneapolis since 1993, is the choreographic collaborate of Kristin Van Loon + Arwen Wilder and specializes in the inappropriate. They have performed in both social and theatrical spaces, and taught and performed in New York (DTW, PS122, HERE Art Center), Japan, Russia, Seattle at SFDI, and more. Join them on Saturday, March 10 at Northwest Film Forum for an hour-long program of dance with film: HIJACK Making Dances (SAT MAR 10 / 7:45PM / Northwest Film Forum)


master-class_kidd-pivot_calendarMASTER CLASS: STG PRESENTS KIDD PIVOT IMPROVISATION CLASS

THU MAR 22 / 6PM–7:30PM
Velocity 1621 12th Ave
Limited capacity; pre-registration required. $12 MVP Member ($15 regular)
SOLD OUT. To be added to the waitlist, email info@velocitydancecenter.org.

Focus on discovering and revealing articulations and timings in the body, and explore kinetic relationships both within your own body and to the space around you. The class is explorative and non-performative and is intended for advanced level dancers and actors. See Kidd Pivot and Electric Company Theatre’s Betroffenheit performance at The Moore Theatre on Friday March 23 + 24, 2018. For tickets, visit stgpresents.org.


gas_a-m-whitehead_calGUEST ARTIST SERIES: ANNA MARTINE WHITEHEAD
Notes on Territory

SAT MAR 31 / 4PM
Velocity 1621 12th Ave
$10
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What are the architectural linkages between cathedrals, prisons, castles, and public housing, and how do brown, black, and feminized bodies find freedom within them? This performance talk is equal parts intimate performance lecture and conversation. Anna Martine Whitehead’s Notes on Territory is a multimedia movement project in the guise of a lecture on the history of containment architecture. / Photo by Ryan Bach


BASH-2018_calSPRING BASH: BETTER TOGETHER

THU APR 12
Velocity
 1621 12th Ave
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Celebrate our powerful dance community with performances, cocktails, conversation, and local deliciousness with Seattle arts leaders and straight up dance lovers. Velocity’s Spring BASH is our most important event of the year. It allows us to continue to provide pivotal support to local artists, develop dancers and choreographers, create socially conscious art and dance outreach in our communities, and distinguish Seattle as a national center for outstanding dance. More details to come.

 


accessvelocity_calACCESS VELOCITY: FULL TILT

APR 27–28
Velocity 1621 12th Ave

Full Tilt provides an avenue for Seattle dancers to meet, perform new work, and form connections with both emerging and established choreographers. This year’s choreographers are: Marlo Ariz (Martin), Jeremy Cline, Tyra Kopf, Melissa Sanderson, and Hayley Shannon. Access Velocity is Velocity’s curated production support program for artists and community groups presenting in our flexible Founders Theater. More information about this event to come.

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sean-dorsey-jumpDANCE YOUR STORY: MOVEMENT + SELF-EXPRESSION WORKSHOP
with transgender choreographer Sean Dorsey

WED MAY 2 / 4PM–6PM
Velocity 1621 12th Ave
FREE

Always wanted to dance but didn’t feel comfortable because you are trans / transgender / nonbinary / gender fabulous / queer? This free, all-levels dance and self-expression workshop for trans/nonbinary/LGBTQ people and friends will be led by award-winning transgender dancer/choreographer Sean Dorsey. They will lead us through mindful breathing, meditation, a gentle warmup, and movement exercises, culminating with creative self-expression through movement. This workshop is especially welcoming to beginners, but open to creators of all skill levels. / Photo by Lydia Daniller


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GUEST ARTIST SERIES: SEAN DORSEY
THE MISSING GENERATION

MAY 3–6 / 7:30PM
Velocity 1621 12th Ave
$20 ($25 at the door) / $17 Velocity + TDBC Members / $15 under 25 (w/ ID) / $50 Patron
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In partnership with Three Dollar Bill Cinema’s Translations: Seattle Transgender Film Festival, Velocity presents Sean Dorsey Dance’s THE MISSING GENERATION, a dance-theater work giving voice to longtime survivors of the early AIDS epidemic. It is “a love letter to a forgotten generation of survivors—those who witnessed and experienced the loss of part of an entire generation of gay and transgender people to AIDS in the 1980s and 1990s.”


sean-dorsey-danceTRANS + ALLY DANCE CLASS…TERRIFIED BEGINNERS WELCOME!
with transgender choreographer Sean Dorsey and dancers from their company

SAT MAY 5 / 2PM–3:30PM
Velocity 1621 12th Ave
Drop-in $15 ($12 Velocity MVP Member)

This welcoming, super-friendly dance class—led by award-winning transgender dancer/choreographer Sean Dorsey and dancers from their company—will include breathing and relaxation, simple stretches, beginner movement exercises, and space for conversation. Everyone, especially terrified beginners, is welcome. Please arrive early to register, change clothes, etc. / Photo by Kegan Marling


accessvelocity_calACCESS VELOCITYCONVERGE DANCE FESTIVAL

FRI MAY 25 / 8PM
SAT MAY 26 / 6PM + 9PM

Velocity 1621 12th Ave

Converge Dance Festival supports Seattle-area dance artists in their growth and career advancement. This year’s artists are: Abigail Zimmerman, Angelica Delashmette, Emily Curtiss, Hope Goldman, Jordan Macintosh-Hougham, Jordan Rohrs, Stephanie Golden, and Warren Woo. Access Velocity is Velocity’s curated production support program for artists and community groups presenting in our flexible Founders Theater. More information about this event to come.

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strictly-seattle-18_zoe-scofield_calSTRICTLY SEATTLE 2018

INTENSIVE: JUL 8–28
Velocity 1621 12th Ave
Early Bird Pricing: register by April 1
Regular Pricing: register by July 9, 12:01am
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PERFORMANCES: JUL 27–28
FRI JUL 27 / 8PM
SAT JUL 28 / 2PM + 8PM
Broadway Performance Hall 1625 Broadway, Seattle
$20 ($25 at door) / $17 MVP Member / $15 under 25 (w/ ID) / $50 Patron
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One of our flagship summer festivals, Strictly Seattle is complete immersion into the Seattle dance scene. Five adult programs inspire beginning-through-professional level dancers with rigorous physical and compositional training in a challenging, invigorating environment. Strictly Seattle is a supportive community of open experimentation and camaraderie where dancers form alliances for future collaborations. Participants also work with a Seattle choreographer to create a new work, culminating in a professionally produced performance. / Photo by Kelly O


sfdi-16_calSEATTLE FESTIVAL OF DANCE IMPROVISATION (SFDI) 2018
25TH ANNIVERSARY

JUL 29–AUG 5
Velocity 1621 12th Ave
Early Bird Pricing: register by April 1
Regular Pricing: register by July 30, 12:01am
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DANCE INNOVATORS PERFORMANCE
$20 full day ($15 drop-in)
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“The leading convening of practitioners in dance improvisation in the United States,” SFDI is a week of master classes, discussions, performances, and other activities with international dance innovators. SFDI curators, a multiracial group gathered annually by Velocity’s director Tonya Lockyer, cultivate a diverse curriculum honoring many styles of dance improvisation with influences from pop culture, political activism, indigenous ritual, mixed abilities, gender exploration, hip-hop, butoh, and more.


MADE IN SEATTLE: MARK HAIM
Untitled New Work

Premiere FALL 2018 (Date TBD)
Velocity
1621 12th Ave
$20 ($25 at the door) / $17 MVP Member / $15 under 25 (w/ ID) / $50 Patron

“A conceptual work realized with quiet passion.”The New York Times

Mark Haim has created work for some of the world’s most celebrated dance companies including the companies of William Forsythe, Jose Limon, and Jiri Kylian. His last work This Land is Your Land premiered in Seattle before touring to Paris, the American Dance Festival, and the prestigious American Dance Platform at New York’s Joyce Theater. His new solo opus connects 400+ individuals across nearly 100 years and 15 countries—Haim is gathering 400 “movement prayers” from individuals he’s met and worked with throughout his exceptional international career. Performing this chain of movements from “oldest to youngest” (ages 90-4), Haim’s performance ritual (and its companion film) will celebrate the fleeting interconnectedness of us all. More info coming soon!


shit goldSH*T GOLD

1st + 3rd Mondays / 10PM
Velocity 1621 12th Ave
FREE + open to all
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SH*T GOLD is Velocity’s open mic performance night for artists experimenting in any genre, for those unafraid to fail. Low stress. High focus. Arrive at 9:30PM to sign up (or email gold@velocitydancecenter.org on the day of event). You’ll have five minutes or less to take a risk. The bar will be open; the floor will be yours!

 

 


Velocity’s programs are made possible thanks to the support of our sponsors and partners: The Glenn H. Kawasaki Foundation, Case van Rij, Jeremy Steward and Eric Hartmann, Barbara Lewis + Joe Cable, Carlo Scandiuzzi, The Seattle Office of Arts & Culture, 4 Culture, NEA Artworks, ArtsWA, ArtsFund, Seattle Theatre Group, and the generosity of season supporters and individual donors.