Weekly Websites 10.20.14

Weekly Websites 10.20.14

Driven by our goal to cultivate and nurture artistically motivated social engagement, we at STANCE are aware of the treasures often found in reaching outside ourselves. Artistry does not thrive in isolation, and neither does...
RE-POST: The Inexplicable, Fascinating Cherdonna Shinatra, The Drag Queen Who's Not a Drag Queen

RE-POST: The Inexplicable, Fascinating Cherdonna Shinatra, The Drag Queen Who’s Not a Drag Queen

As we giddily anticipate the upcoming series of Cherdonna Shinatra’s Made in Seattle events, we re-post Christopher Frizzelle’s essay originally published in The Stranger exploring the creation of Worth My Salt and the starry persona that is...
What Velocity Wants To See in an Arts District

What Velocity Wants To See in an Arts District

This Fall Velocity hosted a Community Forum on sustainability. Participants shared ideas about how to sustain our creative communities economically, socially, and environmentally. I thought the conversation would come down to artists lamenting their lack...
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RE-POST: Pure Choreography

RE-POST: Pure Choreography

Tere O’Connor is coming soon to Seattle. Velocity partners with On the Boards in a celebration of master American choreographer Tere O’Connor, culminating in performances of his seminal works BLEED, poem, SecretMary, and Sister. As part of this educational/community partnership, Velocity and OtB host Irreconcilability, nice days of activities focused on O’Connor’s influential views on dance and contemporary culture. As we anticipate this exciting series of events,...
RE-POST: A Fiendish Conversation

RE-POST: A Fiendish Conversation

As we giddily anticipate the upcoming series of Cherdonna Shinatra’s Made in Seattle events, we re-post Seth Sommerville’s interview with the artist originally published on SeattleMet’s website. The original can be viewed on the site here. Featured image by Eric Paguio.   By day Jody Kuehner lives the life of a mild-mannered dancer, but at night she morphs into an entirely different flashy character that gallivants and...
Weekly Websites 10.13.14

Weekly Websites 10.13.14

Driven by our goal to cultivate and nurture artistically motivated social engagement, we at STANCE are aware of the treasures often found in reaching outside ourselves. Artistry does not thrive in isolation, and neither does discussion. Our age of technology puts a wealth of perspectives at our literal fingertips, providing a multitude of sparks to prompt or continue discussions and engagement. Conversation, Information, and Inspiration are scattered...
Weekly Websites 10.06.14

Weekly Websites 10.06.14

Driven by our goal to cultivate and nurture artistically motivated social engagement, we at STANCE are aware of the treasures often found in reaching outside ourselves. Artistry does not thrive in isolation, and neither does discussion. Our age of technology puts a wealth of perspectives at our literal fingertips, providing a multitude of sparks to prompt or continue discussions and engagement. Conversation, Information, and Inspiration are scattered...
Weekly Websites 09.29.14

Weekly Websites 09.29.14

Driven by our goal to cultivate and nurture artistically motivated social engagement, we at STANCE are aware of the treasures often found in reaching outside ourselves. Artistry does not thrive in isolation, and neither does discussion. Our age of technology puts a wealth of perspectives at our literal fingertips, providing a multitude of sparks to prompt or continue discussions and engagement. Conversation, Information, and Inspiration are scattered...
Weekly Websites 09.22.14

Weekly Websites 09.22.14

Driven by our goal to cultivate and nurture artistically motivated social engagement, we at STANCE are aware of the treasures often found in reaching outside ourselves. Artistry does not thrive in isolation, and neither does discussion. Our age of technology puts a wealth of perspectives at our literal fingertips, providing a multitude of sparks to prompt or continue discussions and engagement. Conversation, Information, and Inspiration are scattered...
What does it mean to you to make work in Seattle?

What does it mean to you to make work in Seattle?

As we giddily anticipate the series of Cherdonna Shinatra’s Made in Seattle events, we re-post an interview with Jody Kuener/Cherdonna Shinatra alongside fellow artists Mark Haim and Ezra Dickinson. These interviews were originally posted April 1,2014. Featured image by Eugenie Frerichs.  STANCE: What does it mean to you, to make dance/performance work in Seattle? Why is your work made in Seattle?   Jody Kuehner/Cherdonna Shinatra: This city has...
Beyond the Ephemerality of Dance

Beyond the Ephemerality of Dance

Velocity Dance Center is working to make the 2015 Seattle Festival of Dance Improvisation the world’s first carbon-neutral dance festival. The incredible lightning talk given by Kidd Pivot dancer and SFDI 2014 faculty member Eric Beauchesne inspired this goal. Watch the footage of his lightning talk and find the speech transcript below.   Eric Beauchesne Lightning Talk from VelocityDanceCenter on Vimeo. We bend our knees, we stretch...
Robert Tyree on Duet Love

Robert Tyree on Duet Love

  The first time Tahni talked with me about the project that would become Duet Love, she had me hang my head off a bleacher. We had just finished a final rehearsal for her 2012 piece SUN$HINE. Laying there, the studio upside down, she instructed: “Take in the room, its depth, its volume, the lights, the mirrors. Just notice it all. Now, gently close your left eye,...
Next Fest NW 2014 Request for Proposals

Next Fest NW 2014 Request for Proposals

REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS Application deadline September 15, 2014 / 5 PM PST NEXT FEST NW 2014 New West A New Works Series for Artists in Washington, Idaho, Alaska, Oregon, Montana and B.C. Performances December 12, 13, 14 2014. photo by Edward Burtynsky 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 NW was established to...
More the Mind Than the Body

More the Mind Than the Body

The world premiere of The Samurai Project final piece will be Friday, August 22nd at 8 and 10pm at Velocity Dance Center (click showtimes for tickets). How can we say something true with our bodies? Learning versus unlearning. A huge part of the Samurai process is deconstruction; exposing the root of why the dancers choose movement to express themselves. There is guidance and structure, but not in...
The Samurai Project from the Inside Out

The Samurai Project from the Inside Out

There will be a free showing of The Samurai Project this Friday, August 15th, from 3-4:30pm. Click here for more information. There will be two shows of the final piece on Friday, August 22nd at 8 and 10pm (click showtimes for tickets).   Take a moment. Pause. Breathe. Picture a blank canvas. Read into this with an open mind. If what you are seeking is a description...