Advocacy
Re-Post: A Working Artistic Relationship Between Dancers and Choreographers

Re-Post: A Working Artistic Relationship Between Dancers and Choreographers

The Dancers Forum Compact was created in New York City to establish guidelines for work conducted between dancers and choreographers. Conversations around dancers’ rights and accepted patterns for abuse in the dance community are still, sadly, rare. Click here to find a PDF of The Dancers Forum Compact >> The forum was created in 1996, after a Dance Theater Workshop retreat for dance professionals. It addresses harassment; but...
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 Seattle Dance Map

The Seattle Dance Map

The Seattle Dance Map was commissioned by Velocity in January 2013, and launches in an installation by Lexi Hamill at Next Fest NW 2013. The online Seattle Dance Map is a visual representation of where dance happens in Seattle. This version of the project represents the core of the dance community. In future versions we hope to include even more non-conventional spaces where dance occurs in this...
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....
Fundraising as a Creative Act

Fundraising as a Creative Act

Dear friends: Considering fundraising a creative act and part of making new work (rather than something desperately akin to pulling teeth) is my goal. In the spirit of clouds and of dance, I have decided to hold an ephemeral sale in support of my current project, cloudland. Since dance leaves no object behind, I am photographing objects that are a part of my life and my dance...