Interviews
Sunken Cities: A Layered Reality

Sunken Cities: A Layered Reality

In this stream-of-consciousness piece, Renee Boehlke, local choreographer and director, reflects on the process of her Bridge Project piece, Sunken Cities, performed at Velocity Dance Center on January 26th – 29th, 2017. The Bridge Project offers four choreographers up to 45 hours of rehearsal space in which to create and perform a new work in four weeks. During this time Velocity also provides a costume stipend, and an audition...
STANCEcast: Curation Conversation

STANCEcast: Curation Conversation

April Sellers (Minneapolis Dancemaker / curator) interviews Tonya Lockyer (Velocity Artistic Director) and Alice Gosti in this conversation about curation and creative practices. Tonya and Alice discuss what brings them together as collaborators and their history of working together on Gosti’s Bodies of Water and How to Become a Partisan. The conversation touches on Lockyer’s forward-thinking approach to dance curation, challenging the limits of what people expect dance to be; as...
MVP Artist: Syniva Whitney / Gender Tender

MVP Artist: Syniva Whitney / Gender Tender

NAME: Syniva Whitney MVP: Artist MVP SINCE: July 2016 BIO: Syniva Whitney makes performance inspired by their non-binary, trans, queer, black + multiracial identity. This on-going movement based research started the project Gender Tender and created the Gender Tender Method for dance and performance. They have shown their dance, acting, visual art and film based work at various venues in Seattle and nationally most recently at Velocity’s Next...
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...
Tere O'Connor Community Forum at Velocity

Tere O’Connor Community Forum at Velocity

Velocity partnered with On the Boards in a celebration of master American choroeographer Tere O’Connor, hosting performances of his seminal works BLEED, poem, Secret Mary, and Sister. As part of this educational/community partnership, Velocity and OtB hosted Irreconcilability, a series of activities focused on O’Connor’s influential views on dance and contemporary culture. Irreconcilability was curated by Velocity Artistic Director Tonya Lockyer with Tere O’Connor. Irreconcilability culminated in...
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...
Worth My Salt: Post-Show Talk

Worth My Salt: Post-Show Talk

Following the October 25th performance of her spectacular first full-length solo work as Cherdonna Shinatra, Worth My Salt, Jody Kuehner sat down with Seattle theatre celebrity David Schmader in an interview and open exchange with the audience. View below some moments from the conversation, with transcripts to read along. Featured image by Jenny Peterson.   Worth My Salt Post-Show Talk 1 from VelocityDanceCenter on Vimeo. DS: This...
RE-POST: A Fiendish Conversation

RE-POST: A Fiendish Conversation

As we giddily anticipate the upcoming series of Cherdonna Shinatra’s Made in Seattle events, we re-post Seth Sommerville’s interview with the artist originally published on SeattleMet’s website. The original can be viewed on the site here. Featured image by Eric Paguio.   By day Jody Kuehner lives the life of a mild-mannered dancer, but at night she morphs into an entirely different flashy character that gallivants and...
What does it mean to you to make work in Seattle?

What does it mean to you to make work in Seattle?

As we giddily anticipate the series of Cherdonna Shinatra’s Made in Seattle events, we re-post an interview with Jody Kuener/Cherdonna Shinatra alongside fellow artists Mark Haim and Ezra Dickinson. These interviews were originally posted April 1,2014. Featured image by Eugenie Frerichs.  STANCE: What does it mean to you, to make dance/performance work in Seattle? Why is your work made in Seattle?   Jody Kuehner/Cherdonna Shinatra: This city has...
Artist Spotlight: Michael Schumacher

Artist Spotlight: Michael Schumacher

This piece profiles Michael Schumacher, a returning Seattle Festival of Dance Improvisation (SFDI) 2014 Teaching Artist. The Seattle Festival of Dance Improvisation is a week of dancing, dialogue and discovery. For me personally, SFDI is an opportunity to connect to new artists and feed established friendships. One of the artists that I am humbled to call a friend is Michael Schumacher, whom I am so thrilled to...
The thoughts you made me think: Post-Show Q+A with Daniel Linehan

The thoughts you made me think: Post-Show Q+A with Daniel Linehan

Recorded on September 13, 2013 after Velocity Guest Artist Daniel Linehan’s performance of Not About Everything and The Karaoke Dialogues: Seattle Trial at Velocity Dance Center in Seattle, WA (September 12-14, 2013). This post-show conversation was part of the Velocity Open Forum: The Good Life, a week of supper clubs, book clubs, workshops + community conversations with a focus on ethics and sustainability, taking place alongside Linehan’s...
Beth Graczyk + Alice Gosti Interview Sara Shelton Mann

Beth Graczyk + Alice Gosti Interview Sara Shelton Mann

STANCE is delighted to share another artist2artist podcast, produced by Beth Graczyk. In Beth’s words: This is an interview with Sara Shelton Mann conducted by Alice Gosti and myself, Beth Graczyk. Sara taught an intensive during Velocity’s Seattle Festival of Dance Improvisation (SFDI) focusing on enlivening the body and its potential through multiple avenues of energy work. Utilizing Qigong, contact improvisation, imagery, biomechanics, bodywork and full-body dancing...