Yearly archive 2012
It's A Mess

It’s A Mess

(The following is a creative response written during Keith Hennessy and Circo Zero’s performance of Turbulence: A dance about the economy on September 21, 2012 at Velocity Dance Center)   It’s a mess and cassette tapes are everywhere, cardboard is covering the mirrors on the wall, the audience is sitting in the usual place but also on the edges and also here, where I am by the...
How does the idea of queerness relate to your work and process?

How does the idea of queerness relate to your work and process?

Queer is slippery. Queer asks questions and is most comfortable with a wide variety of answers. It allows seemingly incongruous elements to exist in the same body and consciousness. Queer slips in and out through the cracks of perception, allowing a glimpse—or a sense of it—for just a moment before slipping away. Queer is an absent presence—it is here, now and it is not here and not...
Take the QUEER NEW WORLDS Quick Draw Challenge!

Take the QUEER NEW WORLDS Quick Draw Challenge!

WHAT TO DO: Check out the following quote. Respond to one of the questions in 250 words or less. See it in STANCE! “Queer means odd or strange. Queer is a term of political solidarity for all who are not heterosexual, monogamous, and obedient. Queer is a political and aesthetic strategy of disruption and disobedience. Queer is an attitude towards the body, especially its sex and gender,...
RE-POST: What is Queer?

RE-POST: What is Queer?

Previously posted on his blog Random/Often Ridiculous this past September, Eric Pitsenbarger’s thoughtful response to the first Velocity Book Club Happy Hour is an exploration of the conversation that developed at the gathering. The discussion was inspired by STANCE’s first focus “Queer New Worlds”. Eric is a writer and dancer based in Seattle, WA.—the editor   Leading up to Keith Hennessy’s performance this week-end, I attended Monday’s...
The Grey Space

The Grey Space

Writing about “queerness” can prove difficult. What it is, how to define it, how it relates to our identities, economies and movements is too complex for basic assertions. It’s not that it’s shifty or secretive. It’s just that the core of queerness is about the recognition of the fundamental complexity of identity and desire; the acceptance that change is the only constant and that it applies to...
Culture in a Political World: Arts, Academia and the Occupation of Palestine

Culture in a Political World: Arts, Academia and the Occupation of Palestine

A curatorial note from activist & dancer Emma Klein: I am intrigued and drawn to art termed “political”. I am engaged by artists’ potential to use their work as a means to express controversial opinions and themes. Historically, art makers have pioneered radical debate and conversation, we have been targets of hate as a result of our work, and we have paved the way for important societal...
Activity and Passivity in Art and Life

Activity and Passivity in Art and Life

Carrie Ahern Reflects on the Speakeasy Discussion around “Borrowed Prey”: I strive to make work where both myself and the audience are active participants. This is a primary reason why I have stopped making dances for proscenium spaces or traditional venues or why I don’t make traditional modern dances –period. It just kept feeling that I was here and you (the audience) was there. False and dead...
Lasting resonation of Theft+Devotion: Love, Chaos, Citation and Temples of Radicalism

Lasting resonation of Theft+Devotion: Love, Chaos, Citation and Temples of Radicalism

What still resonates with me from NEXTfestNW: Theft+Devotion? Fifty people gathered around a twenty-foot long table having an intimate conversation for the Opening Night Roundtable hosted by John Boylan. We gathered on the Founder’s Theater stage, warm lighting reflecting off the oak floors, drinks in hand. Guest speaker and The Project Room founder Jess Van Nostrand observed that each art form has its own rules and laws...