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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...
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
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...
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...
RE_POST: The State of the Arts: The Capitol Hill Arts District and Why it Matters

RE_POST: The State of the Arts: The Capitol Hill Arts District and Why it Matters

This article was originally published on VanguardSeattle.com on February 16, 2015. Countless articles have been written around the country in the last few years about how communities that were once thriving cultural centers have been drained of the creative and engaged people that made it what it was. Art might still be shown in some of these places, but is no longer made there, as the artists...
Who's The Artist Now?

Who’s The Artist Now?

Tonya Lockyer (Velocity Artistic + Executive Director) originally published this essay in CityArts magazine.    Our image of artists has changed radically throughout history. Today they’re often considered “creative entrepreneurs”—a model some people worry heralds the end of the artist entirely. It doesn’t. Bach considered himself an artisan, not an artist but a master craftsman. He was a problem-solver, famously commissioned by a count to compose variations...
Velocity's TEDxRanier Talk: Mother, for you I made this.

Velocity’s TEDxRanier Talk: Mother, for you I made this.

Tonya Lockyer and Ezra Dickinson recently spoke at the TEDxRainer event Known/Unknown, representing Velocity Dance Center. Lockyer introduces and contextualizes Dickinson’s work Mother for you I Made this, honoring the emancipatory and community-building powers of dance. Part performance and part activism, Ezra Dickinson’s Mother for you I made this is aimed at activating a conversation about the failed mental health care system in America through memories of Dickinson’s childhood...
Weekly Websites 11.24.14

Weekly Websites 11.24.14

Driven by our goal to cultivate and nurture artistically motivated social engagement, we at STANCE are aware of the treasures often found in reaching outside ourselves. Artistry does not thrive in isolation, and neither does discussion. Our age of technology puts a wealth of perspectives at our literal fingertips, providing a multitude of sparks to prompt or continue discussions and engagement. Conversation, Information, and Inspiration are scattered...
RE-POST: Requiem Ascending

RE-POST: Requiem Ascending

Tere O’Connor is in Seattle! Velocity is partnering with On the Boards in a celebration of master American choreographer Tere O’Connor, culminating in performances of his seminal works BLEED, poem, Secret Mary, and Sister. As part of this educational/community partnership, Velocity and OtB host Irreconcilability, nine days of activities focused on O’Connor’s influential views on dance and contemporary culture. In the midst of this incredible performance series, we...
RE-POST: Artist's Notes

RE-POST: Artist’s Notes

Tere O’Connor is in Seattle! Velocity is partnering with On the Boards in a celebration of master American choreographer Tere O’Connor, culminating in performances of his seminal works BLEED, poem, Secret Mary, and Sister. As part of this educational/community partnership, Velocity and OtB host Irreconcilability, nine days of activities focused on O’Connor’s influential views on dance and contemporary culture. As we anticipate the performances which begin tomorrow, we...
Weekly Websites 11.17.14

Weekly Websites 11.17.14

Driven by our goal to cultivate and nurture artistically motivated social engagement, we at STANCE are aware of the treasures often found in reaching outside ourselves. Artistry does not thrive in isolation, and neither does discussion. Our age of technology puts a wealth of perspectives at our literal fingertips, providing a multitude of sparks to prompt or continue discussions and engagement. Conversation, Information, and Inspiration are scattered...
Claudia LaRocco Presents: Interview with Tere O'Connor

Claudia LaRocco Presents: Interview with Tere O’Connor

Tere O’Connor is going to be in Seattle next week! Velocity partners with On the Boards in a celebration of master American choreographer Tere O’Connor, culminating in performances of his seminal works BLEED, poem, Secret Mary, and Sister. As part of this educational/community partnership, Velocity and OtB host Irreconcilability, nine days of activities focused on O’Connor’s influential views on dance and contemporary culture. As we anticipate this...