Context: Velocity
Gearshift

Gearshift

Tonya Lockyer (Velocity’s Artistic Executive Director, Co-Chair Capitol Hill Arts District) talks about how to build and preserve the arts on Capitol Hill. Her presentation was part of Gearshift, Capitol Hill Housing’s annual community forum, held on May 26th, 2016.
The Color of Dance Speakeasy: Showing Out 2016 Contemporary Black Choreographers

The Color of Dance Speakeasy: Showing Out 2016 Contemporary Black Choreographers

On February 28, 2016, an incredible intergenerational gathering of Seattle dance luminaries came together for the Velocity Speakeasy The Color of Dance-History of Black Dance in Seattle.  The first of its kind in our city, emerging dance artists engaged with Seattle dance legends, on whose shoulders we stand. The event was hosted by Dani Tirrell, and featured Melba Ayco, Tyrone Crosby (Koach T), Alex Crozier, Jade Solomon...
You're Never Too Old to Dance with Edna Daigre

You’re Never Too Old to Dance with Edna Daigre

On Sunday, February 28 2016, Edna Daigre participated in our Speakeasy entitled The Color of Dance-History of Black Dance in Seattle. Check out this article from our friend Marcie Sillman and KUOW profiling Edna. You’re Never Too Old to Dance in Seattle’s Central Area
Speakeasy Series: Keith Hennessy Post-Show Talk

Speakeasy Series: Keith Hennessy Post-Show Talk

Last Sunday, March 13, 2016 Keith Hennessy returned to Velocity to perform his one man show, Bear/Skin, and engaged in post show discussion. Artistic Director Tonya Lockyer’s letter of introduction for the show:  “It changed my life” – that’s how a Seattle artist described the last time Keith Hennessy performed at Velocity. Turbulence (a dance about the economy) was a hybrid of improvised dance happening and political...
From Elsewhere #LuluNation + Crew Podcast

From Elsewhere #LuluNation + Crew Podcast

#QTPOCDance – Dance of Life, Identity, & Gender – DANA MICHEL & 2016 Showing Out Crew This week, we are reposting this podcast from #LuluNation + Crew in conjunction with Velocity and CD Forum’s show this weekend, Showing Out: Contemporary Black Choreographers The original MixCloud post: Start at 1 minute and 48 seconds Contemporary Black Choreographers and Dancers showcased to promote their upcoming shows. DANA MICHEL of “Yellow...
Three Generations Speakeasy

Three Generations Speakeasy

THREE GENERATIONS SPEAKEASY: RECENT SEATTLE DANCE HISTORIES The weekend of February 19, 2016, Velocity welcomed Guggenheim Fellow and Seattle dance luminary, Bill Evans, back to our city for a weekend of performance and discussion rooted in Seattle dance histories. Velocity Co-Founder KT Niehoff and Seattle dance historian and writer Sandra Kurtz joined Bill on Sunday to discuss their perspectives on our city’s dance history, and the funding and cultural...
Participate in Process Speakeasy: Bridge Project 2016

Participate in Process Speakeasy: Bridge Project 2016

The Bridge Project is Velocity’s 4-week program for movement-based artists new to making work in Seattle, or who have been making work in Seattle for three years or less. This intensive residency offers four artists up to 45 hours of free rehearsal space for a new project while working with a cast of auditioned dancers. Additionally, all artists receive the creative, financial and administrative support of a...
Conversation: Tonya Lockyer + Lane Czaplinski

Conversation: Tonya Lockyer + Lane Czaplinski

  For the first time, Velocity, On the Boards, + SQUID MGMT joined together to bring a united voice of Seattle/Portland dance to NYC during APAP | NYC 2016, a conference of the Association of Performing Arts Presenters. In order to contextualize this event, curators Tonya Lockyer + Lane Czaplinski, met to discuss regional hierarchies, artists guidance, curation, and how their organizations work together to foster artists in this region. Read the full...
What is Utopia? Next Fest NW15

What is Utopia? Next Fest NW15

A single body, comfortable, at home, moving with confident purpose and ease. Belonging. Seen because you want to see me. Heard because you want to hear me. Understood because you already understand. Connected because we have always been connected. My queer trans body articulating our humanity. Patsy Cline starts playing and you are reminded of your lover/ex-lover/childhood/ father/the drag performance you just attended. You slip into your...
Art in Prisons Speakeasy

Art in Prisons Speakeasy

Velocity presented the Art in Prisons Speakeasy on Sunday September 13. Leigh Sugar guided a discussion about the current incarceration system in Washington and nation-wide with guest speakers Pat Graney, Lillian Hewko, Eli Hastings, Aaron Counts + Daemond Arrindell. The six artists communicated the significance of the American criminal justice system in which prisoners are separated by physical, racial, socio-economic, and geographic boundaries and, therefore, stripped of...
Darrell Jones Lightning Talk // Velocity SFDI 2014

Darrell Jones Lightning Talk // Velocity SFDI 2014

Darrell Jones gave a stirring talk on identity, community, and vogueing at Velocity Dance Center as a part of our 2014 Seattle Festival of Dance Improvisation (SFDI). Watch the footage of his Lightning Talk below, and keep the conversation going. You can find other probing topics and inspired artists under Lighting Talks The SFDI Lighting Talks are part of an annual conversation series developed and curated by...
Libretto: How to become a partisan

Libretto: How to become a partisan

The Libretto used in Alice Gosti’s How to become a partisan, which was produced through Velocity’s Made in Seattle program and premiered April 25, 2015. Alvaro Valsenti 93 – by Alice Gosti [ENGL] In the dark matter, sunflowers turn to the sun for a season die and rot in a mash of putrified brown gold is it for me is it for us is it for them...