What is the New West?

What is the New West?

Is there a New West? What does it mean to make performance out of the vibrant culture of the evolving 21st century American West? A range of dance artists, in their proposals for Velocity’s Next...
RE-POST: Requiem Ascending

RE-POST: Requiem Ascending

Tere O’Connor is in Seattle! Velocity is partnering with On the Boards in a celebration of master American choreographer Tere O’Connor, culminating in performances of his seminal works BLEED, poem, Secret Mary, and Sister. As...
Weekly Websites 11.17.14

Weekly Websites 11.17.14

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...
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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Owen David: What is the New West? Next Fest NW14

Owen David: What is the New West? Next Fest NW14

  We are thinking about frontiers and pioneers; about circling the wagons, mutual dependence, and the struggle for worth; and about how white masculinity, sovereignty, socio-economic agency, and the ghost of Eden all lie tangled in some notion of an American wilderness. We are coming at this as members of the post-recession millennial generation, an amalgam of fantasies, desires, and fears about the American Dream; at once...
Hannah Simmons: What is the New West? Next Fest NW14

Hannah Simmons: What is the New West? Next Fest NW14

  To make performance in the American West is to adopt its cultural idiosyncrasies. The vibrant culture of the New American West is currently defined by the influx of computerized devices. Technological innovation is providing us with new tools, new options, and even whole new ways to stimulate the senses. The presence of technology is allowing artists in the West to define new paradigms of expression: genres...
Angelica DeLashmette: What is the New West? Next Fest NW14

Angelica DeLashmette: What is the New West? Next Fest NW14

  As an emerging dance artist in Seattle, I feel that to make performance out of the vibrant culture of the evolving 21st century American West means to ask yourself questions you don’t have the answers to. To ask questions that will perhaps remain unanswered, but which will ignite unfamiliar dialogue within both artist and the audience. When I create work, I begin by asking myself questions....
Anna Conner: What is the New West? Next Fest NW14

Anna Conner: What is the New West? Next Fest NW14

I feel that a surge of a new electric energy has come over the Northwest dance scene, creating an aesthetic very unique to our region. As this new energy changes, we take what we have learned from our brilliant and creative forerunners who continue to pave our way, and combine it with what is happening today. We are concerning ourselves with setting heavy personal limitations, yet creating...
Xavier Vandermay: What is the New West? Next Fest NW14

Xavier Vandermay: What is the New West? Next Fest NW14

Hope for the New West I wish that I could go to sleep and awaken to a West that I’ve imagined: In which we truly embrace one another, in which respect exists for low- to mid-rent tastes as it exists for the high, and where the dance community forgoes the clan mentality in favor of freely “nerding out” along the spectrum of dance. No one is a...
Alexandra Madera: What is the New West? Next Fest NW14

Alexandra Madera: What is the New West? Next Fest NW14

I believe that dance on the West Coast is an amalgamation of highly trained physical movement, theatrics, technology, and cinematic qualities. Artists push boundaries by creating choreography that requires technical skill and beautiful lines while showing broken, awkward, or pedestrian movement concurrently. West Coast dance is a careful juxtaposition of organic movement, theatricality, modern dance, ballet, and pop-culture styles. Performances reflect the desire to be the same...
Nancy Blanco: What is the New West? Next Fest NW14

Nancy Blanco: What is the New West? Next Fest NW14

  I rode a bus into the state of California; I did so laying down at my mother’s feet. We had crossed the border during the night; the large wheels of the bus against pavement sang me a song. The dips and bumps of the road crackled and popped like an old vinyl recording that already held the feeling of nostalgia for our old life. It was...
Holly Logan: What is the New West? Next Fest NW14

Holly Logan: What is the New West? Next Fest NW14

  The one thing we can always look to guide us as dance artists is our history. Dancers have a rich history of pioneers who asked the tough questions and pushed the parameters of our art. When approaching my work I aim to celebrate that history. I find beauty in the ability to mix the classical lines of Humphrey-Weidman with the questions of Yvonne Rainer, alongside the...
Christin Call: What is the New West? Next Fest NW14

Christin Call: What is the New West? Next Fest NW14

  Living and making work in the Northwest for the past ten years, for me, is to exist inside a push and pull of geographical, cultural, and historical demarcations of which I have chosen voluntarily but also do not have full control. I am interested in all the connotations implied by boundaries and borders; interested in what it means to exist inside defined edges. The parameters that...
KT Shores: What is the New West? Next Fest NW14

KT Shores: What is the New West? Next Fest NW14

  Told to funnel my energy into one discipline (dance), time spent in other pursuits was highly criticized. I was reproached time and again for learning arts outside the staid prescription of what a dancer is or is not.   In Europe, I got a taste for moving from a more human center point. All aspects of embodiment as radii allow for a full experience of the...
Colleen McNeary: What is the New West? Next Fest NW14

Colleen McNeary: What is the New West? Next Fest NW14

“If you want to, you can lay me over the table and amuse yourself. And even call in your men. Well… No woman ever died from that. When you’re finished, all I’ll need will be a tub of boiling water, and I’ll be exactly what I was before – with just another filthy memory.” -Jill McBain (played by Claudia Cardinale. Once Upon a Time in the West,...
Tere O'Connor Speakeasy at Velocity

Tere O’Connor Speakeasy at Velocity

GUEST CURATOR’S NOTE Open Forum: Irreconcilability Tere O’Connor a partnership of On the Board’s and Velocity by Tonya Lockyer Tere O’Connor is one of my dance heroes. A radically inventive choreographer, mentor and thinker, he is an inspiration to generations of dance makers, and a provocative, eloquent advocate for the politics and poetics of dance. Perhaps the clearest indication of his importance to the field is his...