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Weekly Websites 09.29.14

Weekly Websites 09.29.14

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...
Weekly Websites 09.22.14

Weekly Websites 09.22.14

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...
CONFIDENCE. SELF-ESTEEM. PRIDE.

CONFIDENCE. SELF-ESTEEM. PRIDE.

[She had worked on this piece for the last two-and-a-half years, with her sister-in-law and her husband, who were also art makers of their own unique personalities & styles. At the time of her performance, people left; a room that was more than half full suddenly became empty. No one stayed because nobody had heard of her name before. They were not sure if it would be...
What Velocity Wants To See in an Arts District

What Velocity Wants To See in an Arts District

This Fall Velocity hosted a Community Forum on sustainability. Participants shared ideas about how to sustain our creative communities economically, socially, and environmentally. I thought the conversation would come down to artists lamenting their lack of financial resources. But to my surprise they identified the biggest challenge to their sustainability, as how their work as artists, was not valued by society—and how they internalize that lack of...
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...
Artists as Activists: SCUBA's NAKA Dance Theater

Artists as Activists: SCUBA’s NAKA Dance Theater

Debby Kajiyama and José Navarrete of NAKA Dance Theater (San Francisco) will present an excerpt of their multi-disciplinary site-specific performance BAILOUT! or Can you picture this prophecy? The temperatures are too hot for me at Velocity’s SCUBA 2014. The work investigates modern day humans’ relationship to the earth through the lens of Japan’s 2011 earthquake and tsunami and the ongoing Fukushima disaster. Drawing from the artists’ experiences...
Gregory Maqoma: Moving History

Gregory Maqoma: Moving History

My direct maternal ancestor Robert Cushman chartered the Mayflower. This is really cool from a historical perspective—and could be cool from a spiritual perspective, if it weren’t one of the many catalysts for the violent destruction of entire civilizations. Maybe it’s because of this that Gregory Maqoma’s story hit me so hard. Gregory Maqoma is the direct descendant of a Xhosa chief, also named Maqoma, who fought...
A Triage of Sex, Death and Power

A Triage of Sex, Death and Power

Power is the not-so-middle ground A pithy friend of mine once said to me (and I like to repeat it as often as possible) that there are only two subjects of any kind in all human pre-occupation: sex and death. The primal urgency of desire, which we can know and experience in a multitudinous variety of physically and emotionally intimate ways, and the certain finality of death,...
RE-POST: Surrender: Dance in Prison

RE-POST: Surrender: Dance in Prison

This piece by Amii LeGendre first appeared in Contact Quarterly Vol. 37 No. 1 Winter/Spring 2012 and on the Earthdance blog in August 2012. Amii returned to the Velocity community in July 2013 to teach Intro to Contact Improvisation at the Seattle Festival of Dance Improvisation 2013. I sweated a lot the first day I taught dance at the prison. The prisoners sweated a lot. Prison is...
The Death of the Audience in St. Genet’s Paradisiacal Rites

The Death of the Audience in St. Genet’s Paradisiacal Rites

“Saint Genet [by Jean-Paul Sartre] is a cancer of a book, grotesquely verbose, its cargo of brilliant ideas borne aloft by a tone of viscous solemnity and ghastly repetitiveness.” –Susan Sontag in Against Interpretation and Other Essays “The practice of writing, as described in Genet’s novels, is a mode of destabilization and disruption, a means by which to render conventional narrative forms and representational economies strange…” Elizabeth...
Pretend Pretension podcast: An Android wonders why anybody dances in the first place

Pretend Pretension podcast: An Android wonders why anybody dances in the first place

This is a podcast that aims to talk in circles, about dancing, something, and nothing. You’ll see! “Pretend Pretension” is a robotic, semi-academic musing on why anybody dances in the first place. Its a rather unusual thing to train the human body to move in unusual ways. Friendly android Peter attempts to clarify what exactly is so imperative that a human would train their body so unusually...