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...
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...
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,...
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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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...
CONFIDENCE. SELF-ESTEEM. PRIDE.

CONFIDENCE. SELF-ESTEEM. PRIDE.

[She had worked on this piece for the last two-and-a-half years, with her sister-in-law and her husband, who were also art makers of their own unique personalities & styles. At the time of her performance, people left; a room that was more than half full suddenly became empty. No one stayed because nobody had heard of her name before. They were not sure if it would be...
Dinosaurs and Sea Hawks

Dinosaurs and Sea Hawks

Inspired by Ezra Dickinson’s “Mother for you I made this” which was supported and produced by Velocity’s Made In Seattle program 2013. Director: Linas Phillips Principal Cast: Linas Phillips, Ezra Dickinson, Melinda Frazier Premiere Status: World Premiere Country: USA Year: 2014
About Being a Queer Artist

About Being a Queer Artist

I dance because language has failed me. There are no words for how I feel. There are no words that can describe this experience. As social creatures, we want nothing more than to be seen for who we are, and have our identities validated. Everything I read about the trans experience, whether written by a trans or cis person, feels problematic. Words are caught in referential structures....
Paraphrasing Paraphrase

Paraphrasing Paraphrase

A response to Elia Mrak + Erica Badgeley’s Velocity 2014 SCUBA performance, paraphrase.   created and performed by erica badgeley and elia mrak music by four tet text inspired by rainer maria rilke the performance we are invited onstage to watch, sitting around the periphery. erica badgeley and elia mrak enter, one carrying a shallow basket filled with cherry blossom petals and the other a pale green...
A Working Artistic Relationship Between Dancers and Choreographers

A Working Artistic Relationship Between Dancers and Choreographers

The Dancers Forum Compact was created in order to establish guidelines for work conducted between dancers and choreographer. We were reminded of it during recent discussions surrounding an incident at Fremont Abbey where a Seattle choreographer reportedly verbally and physically harassed a member of his staff. We thought we would post it here. Click here to find a PDF of The Dancers Forum Compact >> The forum was...
Seattle’s New Dance Book

Seattle’s New Dance Book

Back in 2009, I thought it would be fun to list all Seattle dance companies on my brand-new blog, SeattleDances. I figured there’d be—oh, I don’t know—15 or so local companies? Ha! I hit 40 companies before the internet trail went cold. That blog (which has grown into a beautiful, comprehensive website under the direction of Mariko Nagashima and Anna Waller) now lists more than twice as...
The Multitasking Audience

The Multitasking Audience

The following essay was read by SCUBA 2014 Artists SuperGroup (Minneapolis) at Velocity’s Artists as Activists: SCUBA Speakeasy (April 24, 2014). Welcome. Our piece is also participatory so if you could stay where you are that would be great. As you can see Erin is following Sam’s movement, Erin is doing her best to follow Sam’s movement, not worrying about doing things right or wrong. I’ll be...
Dancing: A Love Story

Dancing: A Love Story

This past January, I received some of the worst news I’ve received in my life: my 19 year old niece had committed suicide. Being a continent away from my brother and his family with little that I could do for them immediately, I did what I was supposed to do that morning—I went to the ballet class I had just begun a week before, and I danced....
Artists as Activists: SCUBA's NAKA Dance Theater

Artists as Activists: SCUBA’s NAKA Dance Theater

Debby Kajiyama and José Navarrete of NAKA Dance Theater (San Francisco) will present an excerpt of their multi-disciplinary site-specific performance BAILOUT! or Can you picture this prophecy? The temperatures are too hot for me at Velocity’s SCUBA 2014. The work investigates modern day humans’ relationship to the earth through the lens of Japan’s 2011 earthquake and tsunami and the ongoing Fukushima disaster. Drawing from the artists’ experiences...
Artist Spotlight: Michael Schumacher

Artist Spotlight: Michael Schumacher

This piece profiles Michael Schumacher, a returning Seattle Festival of Dance Improvisation (SFDI) 2014 Teaching Artist. The Seattle Festival of Dance Improvisation is a week of dancing, dialogue and discovery. For me personally, SFDI is an opportunity to connect to new artists and feed established friendships. One of the artists that I am humbled to call a friend is Michael Schumacher, whom I am so thrilled to...