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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...
Christin Call: What is the New West? Next Fest NW14

Christin Call: What is the New West? Next Fest NW14

  Living and making work in the Northwest for the past ten years, for me, is to exist inside a push and pull of geographical, cultural, and historical demarcations of which I have chosen voluntarily but also do not have full control. I am interested in all the connotations implied by boundaries and borders; interested in what it means to exist inside defined edges. The parameters that...
KT Shores: What is the New West? Next Fest NW14

KT Shores: What is the New West? Next Fest NW14

Told to funnel my energy into one discipline (dance), time spent in other pursuits was highly criticized. I was reproached time and again for learning arts outside the staid prescription of what a dancer is or is not. In Europe, I got a taste for moving from a more human center point. All aspects of embodiment as radii allow for a full experience of the circumference. Finished...
Colleen McNeary: What is the New West? Next Fest NW14

Colleen McNeary: What is the New West? Next Fest NW14

“If you want to, you can lay me over the table and amuse yourself. And even call in your men. Well… No woman ever died from that. When you’re finished, all I’ll need will be a tub of boiling water, and I’ll be exactly what I was before – with just another filthy memory.” -Jill McBain (played by Claudia Cardinale. Once Upon a Time in the West,...
Luke Gutgsell: What is the New West? Next Fest NW14

Luke Gutgsell: What is the New West? Next Fest NW14

Everyone seems to think that New York is the sole location where vital and relevant dance is being made. Of course, it is a gem, a home to so many gifted artists who I admire. But for me, it is also an environment where making work requires the sacrifice of one’s very quality of life. The trade-off inherent in this paradigm is enormous. What is lost is...
Carl Lawrence: What is the New West? Next Fest NW14

Carl Lawrence: What is the New West? Next Fest NW14

  Making work in Seattle has become an engagement with Manifest Destiny. What once was the Last Frontier has become a New Frontier, in which the promise of salvation and new beginnings has ceased to be a lateral movement. There is no more land to discover, no further West we can go. Instead, we look up and implore some measure of vertical salvation, in which there is...
Kim Lusk: What is the New West? Next Fest NW14

Kim Lusk: What is the New West? Next Fest NW14

The New West is obsessive innovation and excessive opportunity. It is an ‘And’ Culture. It is stronger and easier and cleverer and healthier and more complex and more out of the box and . . . We see the ‘And’ Culture in the West-Coast-dominated tech industry (your iPhone is small and fast and can tell you the weather and looks good). We see it in West Coast...
Alexandra Maricich+Mariah Martens: What is the New West? Next Fest NW14

Alexandra Maricich+Mariah Martens: What is the New West? Next Fest NW14

The West is freedom. It is cowboys and Native American prints and Manifest Destiny. The West was promised to be wild, and it was. We’ve stolen freedom. They say it comes at a cost and that cost is thievery. We put our feet up in coffee shops and get naked in dance studios across the nation. We can’t smell marijuana anymore because it is just the city...
About Being a Queer Artist

About Being a Queer Artist

I dance because language has failed me. There are no words for how I feel. There are no words that can describe this experience. As social creatures, we want nothing more than to be seen for who we are, and have our identities validated. Everything I read about the trans experience, whether written by a trans or cis person, feels problematic. Words are caught in referential structures....