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,...
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:...
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...
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...
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From the New Editor of STANCE

From the New Editor of STANCE

Hello! My name is William and I am thrilled to be the new Editor of STANCE: Velocity’s Online Journal of Choreographic Culture. I consider my work for STANCE as a gift to the artists who work and strive everyday to keep Velocity moving, no small feat. My wish for STANCE is that it mirrors and supports the work being done, and acts as a repository and archive...
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...
What does it mean to you to make work in Seattle?

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

To gear up for the 2014 Velocity Bash: Made in Seattle, we feature Guest of Honor Mark Haim and two of Velocity’s Made in Seattle artists, Ezra Dickinson and Jody Kuehner/Cherdonna Shinatra. Featured image by Ezra Dickinson.   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 given me...
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...
Artist Spotlight: Tom Koch

Artist Spotlight: Tom Koch

This piece profiles Tom Koch, a Seattle Festival of Dance Improvisation (SFDI) 2014 Teaching Artist. There’s real artistry in Tom Koch’s understanding of the body’s mechanics and interrelationships. Koch started out as an actor, singer and dancer and moved to New York to pursue performance, but after a severe injury, he found his calling in the Alexander Technique. Certified by the American Center for the Alexander Technique...
How to Transition: 21 Questions in my Notebook

How to Transition: 21 Questions in my Notebook

FORMS THAT HAVE ARRIVED, AND BEFORE THEIR ARRIVAL – 1. Does every movement need to be “valid” in order to be performed? 2. How do we validate movements? 3. Do movements not “arrive” until they can be expressed in a geometrical form and performed over and over again? 4. Are movements that cannot be repeated consistently less complete than movements that can be repeated consistently? If so,...
The Infinite into Finite

The Infinite into Finite

Velocity hosted a special Speakeasy Series event, Confluence + Rebellion on January 16, 2014 — an experiential evening with Cacophony for 8 Players director Torben Ulrich, dancer Beth Graczyk and musician Angelina Baldoz sharing elements of their project and generating discussion around the nature of influence, inspiration and collaboration. The venerable Washington Performance Hall is in the midst of a restoration campaign to secure funds and raise...