// Next FEST NW + Next Dance Cinema //


“A reliable source for predicting our next breakout dance stars.”
— 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

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Photo Tim Summers

ABOUT Next FEST NW

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 Fest NW was established to support new work and investigate different approaches to dance. Through Next Fest NW Velocity aims to foster a robust dance art community where artists have access to facilities, support and creative exchange

Each Next Fest NW presents 3-6 performance artists or collaborative teams, selected through a curated application process, for three public performances. Next Fest NW artists are fully produced in Velocity’s Founders Theater, receive up to 12 hours of free studio rehearsal time, receive a guaranteed honorarium; and benefit from promotional, administrative and technical support. (*Note: Next Dance Cinema is a separate application process.)

Next Fest NW artists are fully produced in Velocity’s Founders Theater and receive up to 12 hours of free studio rehearsal time and also benefit from promotional, administrative and technical support and a guaranteed honorarium. Proposals for installations, and nontraditional performance also welcome.

Who can apply?

  • Current residents of WA, OR, ID, MT, AK, BC over the age of 18
  • Contemporary choreographers and dance-based performance artists at all stages of their careers

Applications for Next Fest NW 2014 will be available in late summer 2014.

about Next Dance Cinema

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Photo Rodrigo Valenzuela + Molly Sides

Velocity and Northwest Film Forum pair up to present Next Dance Cinema, founded by Velocity in 2006 to offer dance lovers and film lovers alike insight into how contemporary dance continues to expand the possibilities of the screen.

Next Dance Cinema accepts submissions from around the globe. Artists are invited to submit innovative examples of screen dance that reflect the body in motion or dance-based performance. Next Dance Cinema is part of Next Fest NW, Velocity’s annual new works series celebrating what’s happening in contemporary dance performance and cinema. Selected works will be screened at the Northwest Film Forum.

Video is accepted in the following categories: staged work remade for the camera (not documentation), choreography created specifically for the camera, as well as the moving body articulated through animation and new media. All work must be no longer than 30 minutes in length. Next Dance Cinema artists benefit from the promotional, administrative and technical support of Velocity and Northwest Film Forum.

Who can apply?

  • Current residents of WA, OR, ID, MT, BC over the age of 18 / no fee
  • National + International artists over the age of 18 / $10 submission fee

Applications for Next Dance Cinema 2014 will be available in Fall 2014.

Past Next Fest NW artists include Gender Tender, Coleman Pester/Tectonic Marrow Society, Nathan Blackwell, Dylan Ward, Alana O Rogers, Matt Drews + Coulliette [the Pendleton House], kt Shores + Lexi Hamill (TOUCH 2013); Shannon Stewart, thefeath3rtheory, Babette McGeady, Erica Badgeley, Molly Sides, Sarah Butler, Paris Hurley + The New Animals (REAL/TIME 2012); Katy DeRosier, Mike Pham, PE|Mo, Laara Garcia, Marlo Martin + Kate Wallich (THEFT+DEVOTION 2011).