Next Fest Northwest
Elby Brosch: What is Utopia? Next Fest NW15

Elby Brosch: What is Utopia? Next Fest NW15

A single body, comfortable, at home, moving with confident purpose and ease. Belonging. Seen because you want to see me. Heard because you want to hear me. Understood because you already understand. Connected because we have always been connected. My queer trans body articulating our humanity. Patsy Cline starts playing and you are reminded of your lover/ex-lover/childhood/ father/the drag performance you just attended. You slip into your...
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...
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...
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,...