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SFDI 2017: What Opened Their Eyes

SFDI 2017: What Opened Their Eyes

After an improvisation jam guided by Joe Goode during Velocity’s Seattle Festival of Dance Improvisation 2017, he offered a prompt participants to respond to if they wished. Here are some of the responses from people who chose to answer this: “Share an experience you had that opened your eyes.” 1. I was interviewing a girl from Rwanda as a class assignment. After I asked about her personal history...
Freedom Through Dance: Pat Graney's "Keeping the Faith" Prison Project

Freedom Through Dance: Pat Graney’s “Keeping the Faith” Prison Project

Written by Cornish College of the Arts student Hannah Cavallaro, this essay is a thoughtful, personal response to the article Baring and Bearing Life Behind Bars by Jessica Berson. Berson arrives at the Washington Corrections center for Women to see the performance created and performed by the inmates, who had worked with Pat Graney for three months. She describes Graney’s “Keeping the Faith” Prison Project from a fresh...
Strategies to Manage Stress

Strategies to Manage Stress

This Strictly Seattle LunchTime Talk was conducted by Tonya Lockyer on July 20th, 2017.   Some stress is normal. Intensified stress can be a helpful warning system that signals us to respond to whatever is causing the stress. Avoidance of stress can also be unhealthy. There are many different causes of stress. Change – even positive change like graduating from college or getting married – can be...
SFDI ARTIST SPOTLIGHT: Joe Goode

SFDI ARTIST SPOTLIGHT: Joe Goode

SFDI ARTIST SPOTLIGHT: JOE GOODE “To make something, to build something, is not just exerting the force of your skill and intelligence upon the world. It is also a process of looking inward, of gaining new perspective, of inhabiting your life in a more deliberate way. This can be powerful and transformative.” – Joe Goode JOE GOODE makes dances to survive. In his own words, creating dances has been...
SFDI ARTIST SPOTLIGHT: Taisha Paggett

SFDI ARTIST SPOTLIGHT: Taisha Paggett

SFDI ARTIST SPOTLIGHT: TAISHA PAGGETT “Art making develops a type of curiosity that, I think, makes is a radical practice . . . to break open fixed narratives and ask why anything has to be the way it is.” – taisha paggett taisha paggett’s  work challenges dance, visual art, activism and education: What do they demand of us? How do they shape communities? What possibilities do they...
A Home at Velocity

A Home at Velocity

The following interview was conducted by Serra Shelton on February 24th, 2017. Maeve Haselton, Dance Major at Cornish College of the Arts, has been involved with Velocity since 2011, taking classes, workshops, volunteering, and now interning in its supportive community.   How did you first find Velocity? I first found Velocity as a high school freshman.  I went to DANCE This camp at Centrum.  Amy O’Neal was...
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...
Speakeasy Series: Lightning Talks (SFDI 2016)

Speakeasy Series: Lightning Talks (SFDI 2016)

SPEAKEASY SERIES: LIGHTNING TALKS is an annual event that happens in conjunction with Seattle Festival of Dance Improvisation (SFDI) In this popular evening of performance, presentations, and community dialogue, Seattle Festival of Dance Improvisation (SFDI) intensive faculty share what’s currently driving their research and practice. Watch video of the 2016 Lightning Talks below! The SFDI Lighting Talks are part of an annual conversation series curated by Tonya...
Speakeasy Series: History of Contact Improvisation Through the Body (SFDI 2016)

Speakeasy Series: History of Contact Improvisation Through the Body (SFDI 2016)

SPEAKEASY SERIES: History of Contact Improvisation through the Body: From Unimaginable to Resonance & Meaning Journeying in time from 1972-2016, this demonstration/conversation explores the development of a post modern dance form. Conceived and facilitated by Karen Nelson with Katherine Cook including Stephanie Nugent, Shel Wagner Rasch, Cyrus Khambatta, Aaron Schwartzman, Arwen Wilder, Krista DeNio, and Cathie Caraker. Watch the Speakeasy here: Speakeasy Series: History of Contact Improv Through...