Speakeasies
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...
Culture in a Political World: Arts, Academia and the Occupation of Palestine

Culture in a Political World: Arts, Academia and the Occupation of Palestine

A curatorial note from activist & dancer Emma Klein: I am intrigued and drawn to art termed “political”. I am engaged by artists’ potential to use their work as a means to express controversial opinions and themes. Historically, art makers have pioneered radical debate and conversation, we have been targets of hate as a result of our work, and we have paved the way for important societal...
Activity and Passivity in Art and Life

Activity and Passivity in Art and Life

Carrie Ahern Reflects on the Speakeasy Discussion around “Borrowed Prey”: I strive to make work where both myself and the audience are active participants. This is a primary reason why I have stopped making dances for proscenium spaces or traditional venues or why I don’t make traditional modern dances –period. It just kept feeling that I was here and you (the audience) was there. False and dead...