Yearly archive 2013
A Triage of Sex, Death and Power

A Triage of Sex, Death and Power

Power is the not-so-middle ground A pithy friend of mine once said to me (and I like to repeat it as often as possible) that there are only two subjects of any kind in all human pre-occupation: sex and death. The primal urgency of desire, which we can know and experience in a multitudinous variety of physically and emotionally intimate ways, and the certain finality of death,...
RE-POST: Surrender: Dance in Prison

RE-POST: Surrender: Dance in Prison

This piece by Amii LeGendre first appeared in Contact Quarterly Vol. 37 No. 1 Winter/Spring 2012 and on the Earthdance blog in August 2012. Amii returned to the Velocity community in July 2013 to teach Intro to Contact Improvisation at the Seattle Festival of Dance Improvisation 2013. I sweated a lot the first day I taught dance at the prison. The prisoners sweated a lot. Prison is...
The Death of the Audience in St. Genet’s Paradisiacal Rites

The Death of the Audience in St. Genet’s Paradisiacal Rites

“Saint Genet [by Jean-Paul Sartre] is a cancer of a book, grotesquely verbose, its cargo of brilliant ideas borne aloft by a tone of viscous solemnity and ghastly repetitiveness.” –Susan Sontag in Against Interpretation and Other Essays “The practice of writing, as described in Genet’s novels, is a mode of destabilization and disruption, a means by which to render conventional narrative forms and representational economies strange…” Elizabeth...
A Personal Reflection on Ezra Dickinson's MOTHER FOR YOU I MADE THIS

A Personal Reflection on Ezra Dickinson’s MOTHER FOR YOU I MADE THIS

This post is a response to Ezra Dickinson’s Mother for you I made this, a performance produced through Velocity Dance Center’s Made in Seattle program. Ezra Dickinson’s mother is schizophrenic, and my mother died of cancer. These might be assumed to be fairly different circumstances, but the social and familial implications of both illnesses are quite similar, especially the idea of a child becoming a parent to...
You Call It Hunger, I Call It Bitchmuse

You Call It Hunger, I Call It Bitchmuse

LET ME INTRODUCE YOU What you are calling hunger I think is the same as what I call Bitchmuse. Let me introduce you to Bitchmuse. I’ve known her all my life in her many guises. We used to have a volatile, on-again, off-again relationship. I courted her, she demurred. She pursued me, I balked. The reunions were blissful, but often brief. Since I became “serious” about making...
Encourage Inspire Activate: Living with the mentally ill

Encourage Inspire Activate: Living with the mentally ill

The following is a response by Ezra Dickinson to the LIFE:ART: Living with the Mentally Ill Speakeasy Conversation on April 14, 2013 at Velocity. The event took place alongside the world premiere of Velocity’s Made in Seattle presentation of Ezra Dickinson’s Mother for you I made this May 6-19, 2013. As an only child, I had no idea that I was being raised by a schizophrenic mother....
Pretend Pretension podcast: An Android wonders why anybody dances in the first place

Pretend Pretension podcast: An Android wonders why anybody dances in the first place

This is a podcast that aims to talk in circles, about dancing, something, and nothing. You’ll see! “Pretend Pretension” is a robotic, semi-academic musing on why anybody dances in the first place. Its a rather unusual thing to train the human body to move in unusual ways. Friendly android Peter attempts to clarify what exactly is so imperative that a human would train their body so unusually...
Hot Mess: The Interview

Hot Mess: The Interview

Joyce Liao interviews Rachel Grant, Kaitlin McCarthy and Jenny Peterson, the creators of Hot Mess. Hot Mess was an independently-produced evening of new dance performance that premiered through the Access Velocity program at Velocity Dance Center on February 22nd and 23rd, 2013. How did Hot Mess happen? Rachel: I have to give Kaitlin all the credit on this one: she decided to just make this show happen,...
Double Quick Draw! On Audience Engagement and Criticism

Double Quick Draw! On Audience Engagement and Criticism

The following material originally appeared in Steven Gomez’s blog, Theatrical Experimentation, in February 2013. The first is a response to a writing prompt (“Who do you create your work for, and how does this influence your creative process?”) at the STANCE gathering on February 18th. The second is an independent blog post of Steven’s. We chose to publish these two pieces in conjunction because we feel they...
Together // a chapter from Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore's new book

Together // a chapter from Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore’s new book

In one of my early club moments, I was inspired by a beat I hadn’t heard before to climb up onto a black dance cube in the red, green, yellow, blue spotlights and that’s where I first heard the deep droning voice in the song that went “People are still having sex. Lust keeps on lurking… Nothing makes them stop. This AIDS thing’s not working.” This was...
Dramaturgy and Time

Dramaturgy and Time

See more posts from the STANCE Focus ABOUT:TIME >> As a dramaturg, I spend my time supporting people’s art in every way I can. Dramaturgy, for me, is simply the art of asking questions of the artists and the art-making process in support of the emergent production. When I think about dramaturgy and shaping time, I see that my efforts are divided into three ‘time zones’ that...
Tara Dyberg and Jesse French talk immigration, power, and the science of sound

Tara Dyberg and Jesse French talk immigration, power, and the science of sound

A year ago Tara Dyberg, a dancer with Ate9 and formerly, Les Ballets Jazz de Montreal, began the process of immigrating to the United States from Canada. As she tells it in this episode of STANCEcast, regular encounters with domineering U.S. border agents shrunk her physical and emotional self. Empowered by achieving permanent resident status, Dyberg is ready to take on a new role in making dances....