Speakeasies
Identity Riot Speakeasy: Velocity's NFNW 2014

Identity Riot Speakeasy: Velocity’s NFNW 2014

In conjunction with Next Fest NW, Velocity presented the Speakeasy Series: Identity Riot, where we examined the New West from the perspectives of feminism, riot grrrls; African-American and Filipino-American dance culture. View the footage of this speakeasy event, and help us continue online the discussion centered around the weaving together personal history and current affairs in our fast-changing city. Curated by Tonya Lockyer and hosted by dance...
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...
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...
Irreconcilability: Guest Curator's Note

Irreconcilability: Guest Curator’s Note

GUEST CURATOR’S NOTE Open Forum: Irreconcilability Tere O’Connor a partnership of On the Board’s and Velocity by Tonya Lockyer Tere O’Connor is one of my dance heroes. A radically inventive choreographer, mentor and thinker, he is an inspiration to generations of dance makers, and a provocative, eloquent advocate for the politics and poetics of dance. Perhaps the clearest indication of his importance to the field is his...
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...
Beyond the Ephemerality of Dance

Beyond the Ephemerality of Dance

Velocity Dance Center is working to make the 2015 Seattle Festival of Dance Improvisation the world’s first carbon-neutral dance festival. The incredible lightning talk given by Kidd Pivot dancer and SFDI 2014 faculty member Eric Beauchesne inspired this goal. Read the transcript of the speech below. The SFDI Lighting Talks are part of an annual conversation series curated by Tonya Lockyer.     We bend our knees, we...
The Multitasking Audience

The Multitasking Audience

The following essay was read by SCUBA 2014 Artists SuperGroup (Minneapolis) at Velocity’s Artists as Activists: SCUBA Speakeasy (April 24, 2014). Welcome. Our piece is also participatory so if you could stay where you are that would be great. As you can see Erin is following Sam’s movement, Erin is doing her best to follow Sam’s movement, not worrying about doing things right or wrong. I’ll be...
The Infinite into Finite

The Infinite into Finite

Velocity hosted a special Speakeasy Series event, Confluence + Rebellion on January 16, 2014 — an experiential evening with Cacophony for 8 Players director Torben Ulrich, dancer Beth Graczyk and musician Angelina Baldoz sharing elements of their project and generating discussion around the nature of influence, inspiration and collaboration. The venerable Washington Performance Hall is in the midst of a restoration campaign to secure funds and raise...
Encourage Inspire Activate: Living with the mentally ill

Encourage Inspire Activate: Living with the mentally ill

The following is a response by Ezra Dickinson to the LIFE:ART: Living with the Mentally Ill Speakeasy Conversation on April 14, 2013 at Velocity. The event took place alongside the world premiere of Velocity’s Made in Seattle presentation of Ezra Dickinson’s Mother for you I made this May 6-19, 2013. As an only child, I had no idea that I was being raised by a schizophrenic mother....
Seattle Women + Provocative Art // A letter to Speakeasy participants from A K Mimi Allin

Seattle Women + Provocative Art // A letter to Speakeasy participants from A K Mimi Allin

The following is a letter from A K Mimi Allin written after Seattle Women + Provocative Art: Artists Respond to Elles @ SAM,  a multi-disciplinary think-tank curated by Allin in cooperation with Velocity Executive/Artistic Director Tonya Lockyer, presented by Velocity’s Speakeasy Series on November 15, 2012. First, thanks for attending the Velocity Speakeasy “Seattle Women + Provocative Art” last Thursday evening! I had a very good time and hope you did too. I was surprised we...
Quiet Riot: Modern Dance as Embodied Feminism by Tonya Lockyer

Quiet Riot: Modern Dance as Embodied Feminism by Tonya Lockyer

The following essay offers some historical context on how women choreographers have been, in Tonya Lockyer’s words, “kicking-ass as ambitious, forward-thinking creatives for over a hundred years”. Consider this writing while reflecting on Amy O’Neal’s recent “feminine tour de force” at Velocity, attending the upcoming event curated by A K Mimi Allin–Seattle Women + Provocative Art: Artists Respond to Elles @ SAM presented by Velocity’s Speakeasy Series...
Questions inspired by Turbulence

Questions inspired by Turbulence

STANCE asked Vanessa if she’d be willing to share some of the questions and responses Keith Hennessy and Circo Zero’s performance Turbulence: A dance about the economy and the Velocity Speakeasy talk THE ART OF POLITICS + THE POLITICS OF QUEER brought up for her regarding her own process as an artist, performer and artist supporter: If the premise is one of participation, then what is an...