// Made in Seattle //
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. Worth My Salt premieres at Velocity OCT 17-19 + OCT 24-26, 2014.
As a member of legendary Seattle companies Pat Graney, D9 Dance Collective and Mark Haim Dance + Theater Kuehner is recognized as a leading PNW contemporary dancer. As part of the groundbreaking dance duo The Cherdonna and Lou Show, from 2008-2013 Kuehner and Ricky Mason created 5 evening-works developing thousands of adoring, intergenerational fans.
Drawing on Carl Sagan’s series Cosmos and female icons Kate Bush, Diane Keaton, and Marie Antoinette – Worth My Salt looks at the timely theme of gender inequity through the lens of an existential crisis. How do we prove our worth? How do we feel worthy? Cherdonna’s unique vision brings together dance and drag with clowning’s ability to tug on heartstrings, cabaret’s warm intimacy, and performances’ ability shatter taboos to make sharp social commentary.
Featuring costumes by celebrated designer Mark Mitchell, recently receiving acclaim for his exhibition Burial at The Frye Art Museum, visual design by award-winning performance and film-maker Corrie Befort of Salt Horse and choreographic mentorship by Guggenheim awardee Dayna Hanson.
Learn more at cherdonna.com.
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ABOUT MADE IN SEATTLE
Made in Seattle is Velocity’s new dance development program dedicated to growing the Northwest’s creative community by commissioning, producing and presenting evening-length dance works by some of the most talented and experimental artists from our region; as well as collaborative projects between Seattle artists and inter/national leaders in the field. It is tremendously challenging for local dance artists to find the support necessary to create new work. With Made in Seattle, Velocity is helping to fill this gap.
Artists receive pivotal resources: financial support, a commissioning fee, free rehearsal space, a production residency, a fully produced performance; as well as professional development through artistic, administrative, dramaturgical and philanthropic support.
Begun in 2012, and curated by Velocity’s Executive/Artistic Director, Made in Seattle has produced the world premieres of AmyO/tinyrage (2012), Danielle Agami/Ate9 (2012), Ezra Dickinson (2013), and Kate Walich + The YC with Andrew Bartee (2014).
The goal of this program is to increase the artistic quality of new contemporary dance pieces created at Velocity by increasing our direct support to artists during the critical Development Phase of a new work. Made in Seattle is particularly interested in helping mid-career artists. This program also fosters excellence in the Seattle dance scene by supporting extended collaborative projects that bring together local artists and international leaders in the field of dance.