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Petra Zanki's Curating Performing Arts

Petra Zanki’s Curating Performing Arts

Curating Performing Arts Zagreb: Frakcija, 2011. 2nd Print Run. Curating Performing Arts, edited by Petra Zanki, together with Tea Tupajić and Florian Malzacher, is the world’s first publication fully dedicated to investigating the concept of the curator in performing arts, from its pragmatic limitations, its relations to art and artists up to its conditions within the field of immaterial labour and its role within the system of the...
Identity Riot Speakeasy: Velocity's NFNW 2014

Identity Riot Speakeasy: Velocity’s NFNW 2014

In conjunction with Next Fest NW, Velocity presented the Speakeasy Series: Identity Riot, where we examined the New West from the perspectives of feminism, riot grrrls; African-American and Filipino-American dance culture. View the footage of this speakeasy event, and help us continue online the discussion centered around the weaving together personal history and current affairs in our fast-changing city. Curated by Tonya Lockyer and hosted by dance...
El Norte Speakeasy: Velocity's NFNW 2014

El Norte Speakeasy: Velocity’s NFNW 2014

Starting off Velocity’s Next Fest Northwest Festival, Speakeasy Series: El Norte started our conversation about the New West with a look to the Old West and to Mexican-American and Latino-American artists working in our community. Dance artists Nancy Blanco and Fausto Rivera hosted this performance, talk, and community conversation, with a film screening by Rodrigo Valenzuela. View the footage of the speakeasy event, and help us continue...
What is the New West?

What is the New West?

Is there a New West? What does it mean to make performance out of the vibrant culture of the evolving 21st century American West? A range of dance artists, in their proposals for Velocity’s Next Fest NW program, weighed in on what comprises The New West. The breadth of their insight is as expansive as the West itself, and their collective reflections organically shape a multifaceted answer...
Owen David: What is the New West? Next Fest NW14

Owen David: What is the New West? Next Fest NW14

  We are thinking about frontiers and pioneers; about circling the wagons, mutual dependence, and the struggle for worth; and about how white masculinity, sovereignty, socio-economic agency, and the ghost of Eden all lie tangled in some notion of an American wilderness. We are coming at this as members of the post-recession millennial generation, an amalgam of fantasies, desires, and fears about the American Dream; at once...
Hannah Simmons: What is the New West? Next Fest NW14

Hannah Simmons: What is the New West? Next Fest NW14

To make performance in the American West is to adopt its cultural idiosyncrasies. The vibrant culture of the New American West is currently defined by the influx of computerized devices. Technological innovation is providing us with new tools, new options, and even whole new ways to stimulate the senses. The presence of technology is allowing artists in the West to define new paradigms of expression: genres are...
Angelica DeLashmette: What is the New West? Next Fest NW14

Angelica DeLashmette: What is the New West? Next Fest NW14

As an emerging dance artist in Seattle, I feel that to make performance out of the vibrant culture of the evolving 21st century American West means to ask yourself questions you don’t have the answers to. To ask questions that will perhaps remain unanswered, but which will ignite unfamiliar dialogue within both artist and the audience. When I create work, I begin by asking myself questions. I...
Anna Conner: What is the New West? Next Fest NW14

Anna Conner: What is the New West? Next Fest NW14

I feel that a surge of a new electric energy has come over the Northwest dance scene, creating an aesthetic very unique to our region. As this new energy changes, we take what we have learned from our brilliant and creative forerunners who continue to pave our way, and combine it with what is happening today. We are concerning ourselves with setting heavy personal limitations, yet creating...
Xavier Vandermay: What is the New West? Next Fest NW14

Xavier Vandermay: What is the New West? Next Fest NW14

Hope for the New West I wish that I could go to sleep and awaken to a West that I’ve imagined: In which we truly embrace one another, in which respect exists for low- to mid-rent tastes as it exists for the high, and where the dance community forgoes the clan mentality in favor of freely “nerding out” along the spectrum of dance. No one is a...
Alexandra Madera: What is the New West? Next Fest NW14

Alexandra Madera: What is the New West? Next Fest NW14

I believe that dance on the West Coast is an amalgamation of highly trained physical movement, theatrics, technology, and cinematic qualities. Artists push boundaries by creating choreography that requires technical skill and beautiful lines while showing broken, awkward, or pedestrian movement concurrently. West Coast dance is a careful juxtaposition of organic movement, theatricality, modern dance, ballet, and pop-culture styles. Performances reflect the desire to be the same...
Nancy Blanco: What is the New West? Next Fest NW14

Nancy Blanco: What is the New West? Next Fest NW14

I rode a bus into the state of California; I did so laying down at my mother’s feet. We had crossed the border during the night; the large wheels of the bus against pavement sang me a song. The dips and bumps of the road crackled and popped like an old vinyl recording that already held the feeling of nostalgia for our old life. It was a...
Holly Logan: What is the New West? Next Fest NW14

Holly Logan: What is the New West? Next Fest NW14

The one thing we can always look to guide us as dance artists is our history. Dancers have a rich history of pioneers who asked the tough questions and pushed the parameters of our art. When approaching my work I aim to celebrate that history. I find beauty in the ability to mix the classical lines of Humphrey-Weidman with the questions of Yvonne Rainer, alongside the process...