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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...
Who's The Artist Now?

Who’s The Artist Now?

Tonya Lockyer and Vanessa DeWolf are having a public conversation, partially inspired by the article below written by Lockyer and originally published in CityArts magazine, at Studio Current as part of Project Winter: All Art All February. What are the intersections between artist advocacy, support, and art-practice? Can we look differently at art practice? How are Studio Current and Velocity Dance Center our art practice? Your thoughts...
How to Transition: 21 Questions in my Notebook

How to Transition: 21 Questions in my Notebook

FORMS THAT HAVE ARRIVED, AND BEFORE THEIR ARRIVAL – 1. Does every movement need to be “valid” in order to be performed? 2. How do we validate movements? 3. Do movements not “arrive” until they can be expressed in a geometrical form and performed over and over again? 4. Are movements that cannot be repeated consistently less complete than movements that can be repeated consistently? If so,...
Notes on Next Fest NW 2013

Notes on Next Fest NW 2013

Often during the Sunday evening performance of Velocity’s Next Fest NW 2013, I found myself sitting up in my seat.  Watching dance does make me more conscious of my posture, but in this case it had to do with following the radical actions unfolding—and as quickly, vanishing—before me.  I wouldn’t call myself jaded but as a contemporary art critic and curator for the last twenty-plus years, it’s not...
How does the idea of failure relate to your artistic process?

How does the idea of failure relate to your artistic process?

How does the idea of failure relate to your artistic process? No experience did more to develop my theatrical ability than studying clown theatre with George Lewis at Freehold Theatre. The Clown lives in the moment of failure, makes discoveries in moments of failure, cuts the shit and opens up to reveal the true self in failure and connects sincerely with the audience in those moments of...