Belly Dancing: Caught Between Cultures

Belly Dancing: Caught Between Cultures

In this essay Mulla-Carrillo compares the way belly-dancing has been viewed in Eastern and Western societies, shedding light on how Islamophobia impacts the practice of belly-dancing today. Sumaya Mulla-Carrillo is a dance major at Cornish College...
STANCEcast: Curation Conversation

STANCEcast: Curation Conversation

April Sellers (Minneapolis Dancemaker / curator) interviews Tonya Lockyer (Velocity Artistic Director) and Alice Gosti in this conversation about curation and creative practices. Tonya and Alice discuss what brings them together as collaborators and their history of working together...
Alice Gosti: Bodies of Water

Alice Gosti: Bodies of Water

Alice Gosti’s Bodies of Water was a 5-hour spectacle and community gathering on the Seattle Waterfront co-produced by Velocity and Friends of Waterfront Seattle. Read Gosti’s poetic statement about the source of her ambitious work about Seattle’s relationship...
The Color of Dance Speakeasy: Showing Out 2016 Contemporary Black Choreographers

The Color of Dance Speakeasy: Showing Out 2016 Contemporary Black Choreographers

On February 28, 2016, an incredible intergenerational gathering of Seattle dance luminaries came together for the Velocity Speakeasy The Color of Dance-History of Black Dance in Seattle.  The first of its kind in our city,...
Speakeasy Series: Keith Hennessy Post-Show Talk

Speakeasy Series: Keith Hennessy Post-Show Talk

Last Sunday, March 13, 2016 Keith Hennessy returned to Velocity to perform his one man show, Bear/Skin, and engaged in post show discussion. Artistic Director Tonya Lockyer’s letter of introduction for the show:  “It changed...
Conversation: Tonya Lockyer + Lane Czaplinski

Conversation: Tonya Lockyer + Lane Czaplinski

  For the first time, Velocity, On the Boards, + SQUID MGMT joined together to bring a united voice of Seattle/Portland dance to NYC during APAP | NYC 2016, a conference of the Association of Performing Arts Presenters. In order to...
Velocity's TEDxRanier Talk: Mother, for you I made this.

Velocity’s TEDxRanier Talk: Mother, for you I made this.

Tonya Lockyer and Ezra Dickinson recently spoke at the TEDxRainer event Known/Unknown, representing Velocity Dance Center. Lockyer introduces and contextualizes Dickinson’s work Mother for you I Made this, honoring the emancipatory and community-building powers of dance. Part...
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Sunken Cities: A Layered Reality

Sunken Cities: A Layered Reality

In this stream-of-consciousness piece, Renee Boehlke, local choreographer and director, reflects on the process of her Bridge Project piece, Sunken Cities, performed at Velocity Dance Center on January 26th – 29th, 2017. The Bridge Project offers four choreographers up to 45 hours of rehearsal space in which to create and perform a new work in four weeks. During this time Velocity also provides a costume stipend, and an audition...
MVP Artist: Syniva Whitney / Gender Tender

MVP Artist: Syniva Whitney / Gender Tender

NAME: Syniva Whitney MVP: Artist MVP SINCE: July 2016 BIO: Syniva Whitney makes performance inspired by their non-binary, trans, queer, black + multiracial identity. This on-going movement based research started the project Gender Tender and created the Gender Tender Method for dance and performance. They have shown their dance, acting, visual art and film based work at various venues in Seattle and nationally most recently at Velocity’s Next...
Speakeasy Series: Lightning Talks (SFDI 2016)

Speakeasy Series: Lightning Talks (SFDI 2016)

SPEAKEASY SERIES: LIGHTNING TALKS is an annual event that happens in conjunction with Seattle Festival of Dance Improvisation (SFDI) In this popular evening of performance, presentations, and community dialogue, Seattle Festival of Dance Improvisation (SFDI) intensive faculty share what’s currently driving their research and practice. Watch video of the 2016 Lightning Talks below! The SFDI Lighting Talks are part of an annual conversation series curated by Tonya...
Speakeasy Series: History of Contact Improvisation Through the Body (SFDI 2016)

Speakeasy Series: History of Contact Improvisation Through the Body (SFDI 2016)

SPEAKEASY SERIES: History of Contact Improvisation through the Body: From Unimaginable to Resonance & Meaning Journeying in time from 1972-2016, this demonstration/conversation explores the development of a post modern dance form. Conceived and facilitated by Karen Nelson with Katherine Cook including Stephanie Nugent, Shel Wagner Rasch, Cyrus Khambatta, Aaron Schwartzman, Arwen Wilder, Krista DeNio, and Cathie Caraker. Watch the Speakeasy here: Speakeasy Series: History of Contact Improv Through...
Gearshift

Gearshift

Tonya Lockyer (Velocity’s Artistic Executive Director, Co-Chair Capitol Hill Arts District) talks about how to build and preserve the arts on Capitol Hill. Her presentation was part of Gearshift, Capitol Hill Housing’s annual community forum, held on May 26th, 2016.
You're Never Too Old to Dance with Edna Daigre

You’re Never Too Old to Dance with Edna Daigre

On Sunday, February 28 2016, Edna Daigre participated in our Speakeasy entitled The Color of Dance-History of Black Dance in Seattle. Check out this article from our friend Marcie Sillman and KUOW profiling Edna. You’re Never Too Old to Dance in Seattle’s Central Area
From Elsewhere #LuluNation + Crew Podcast

From Elsewhere #LuluNation + Crew Podcast

#QTPOCDance – Dance of Life, Identity, & Gender – DANA MICHEL & 2016 Showing Out Crew This week, we are reposting this podcast from #LuluNation + Crew in conjunction with Velocity and CD Forum’s show this weekend, Showing Out: Contemporary Black Choreographers The original MixCloud post: Start at 1 minute and 48 seconds Contemporary Black Choreographers and Dancers showcased to promote their upcoming shows. DANA MICHEL of “Yellow...
Three Generations Speakeasy

Three Generations Speakeasy

THREE GENERATIONS SPEAKEASY: RECENT SEATTLE DANCE HISTORIES The weekend of February 19, 2016, Velocity welcomed Guggenheim Fellow and Seattle dance luminary, Bill Evans, back to our city for a weekend of performance and discussion rooted in Seattle dance histories. Velocity Co-Founder KT Niehoff and Seattle dance historian and writer Sandra Kurtz joined Bill on Sunday to discuss their perspectives on our city’s dance history, and the funding and cultural...
Participate in Process Speakeasy: Bridge Project 2016

Participate in Process Speakeasy: Bridge Project 2016

The Bridge Project is Velocity’s 4-week program for movement-based artists new to making work in Seattle, or who have been making work in Seattle for three years or less. This intensive residency offers four artists up to 45 hours of free rehearsal space for a new project while working with a cast of auditioned dancers. Additionally, all artists receive the creative, financial and administrative support of a...
Petra Zanki's Curating Performing Arts

Petra Zanki’s Curating Performing Arts

Curating Performing Arts Zagreb: Frakcija, 2011. 2nd Print Run. Curating Performing Arts, edited by Petra Zanki, together with Tea Tupajić and Florian Malzacher, is the world’s first publication fully dedicated to investigating the concept of the curator in performing arts, from its pragmatic limitations, its relations to art and artists up to its conditions within the field of immaterial labour and its role within the system of the...
What is Utopia? Next Fest NW15

What is Utopia? Next Fest NW15

A single body, comfortable, at home, moving with confident purpose and ease. Belonging. Seen because you want to see me. Heard because you want to hear me. Understood because you already understand. Connected because we have always been connected. My queer trans body articulating our humanity. Patsy Cline starts playing and you are reminded of your lover/ex-lover/childhood/ father/the drag performance you just attended. You slip into your...
Art in Prisons Speakeasy

Art in Prisons Speakeasy

Velocity presented the Art in Prisons Speakeasy on Sunday September 13. Leigh Sugar guided a discussion about the current incarceration system in Washington and nation-wide with guest speakers Pat Graney, Lillian Hewko, Eli Hastings, Aaron Counts + Daemond Arrindell. The six artists communicated the significance of the American criminal justice system in which prisoners are separated by physical, racial, socio-economic, and geographic boundaries and, therefore, stripped of...