Yearly archive 2017
Belly Dancing: Caught Between Cultures

Belly Dancing: Caught Between Cultures

In this essay Mulla-Carrillo compares the way belly-dancing has been viewed in Eastern and Western societies, shedding light on how Islamophobia impacts the practice of belly-dancing today. Sumaya Mulla-Carrillo is a dance major at Cornish College of the Arts, originally from San Jose, CA. Images of Middle Eastern dance consist of forbidden and exotic women wearing lavish costumes. In popular culture, belly dancers from Egypt, Iran, and Saudi...
Sunken Cities: A Layered Reality

Sunken Cities: A Layered Reality

In this stream-of-consciousness piece, Renee Boehlke, local choreographer and director, reflects on the process of her Bridge Project piece, Sunken Cities, performed at Velocity Dance Center on January 26th – 29th, 2017. The Bridge Project offers four choreographers up to 45 hours of rehearsal space in which to create and perform a new work in four weeks. During this time Velocity also provides a costume stipend, and an audition...
STANCEcast: Curation Conversation

STANCEcast: Curation Conversation

April Sellers (Minneapolis Dancemaker / curator) interviews Tonya Lockyer (Velocity Artistic Director) and Alice Gosti in this conversation about curation and creative practices. Tonya and Alice discuss what brings them together as collaborators and their history of working together on Gosti’s Bodies of Water and How to Become a Partisan. The conversation touches on Lockyer’s forward-thinking approach to dance curation, challenging the limits of what people expect dance to be; as...
MVP Artist: Syniva Whitney / Gender Tender

MVP Artist: Syniva Whitney / Gender Tender

NAME: Syniva Whitney MVP: Artist MVP SINCE: July 2016 BIO: Syniva Whitney makes performance inspired by their non-binary, trans, queer, black + multiracial identity. This on-going movement based research started the project Gender Tender and created the Gender Tender Method for dance and performance. They have shown their dance, acting, visual art and film based work at various venues in Seattle and nationally most recently at Velocity’s Next...