Belly Dancing: Caught Between Cultures

Belly Dancing: Caught Between Cultures

In this essay Mulla-Carrillo compares the way belly-dancing has been viewed in Eastern and Western societies, shedding light on how Islamophobia impacts the practice of belly-dancing today. Sumaya Mulla-Carrillo is a dance major at Cornish College...
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...
Alice Gosti: Bodies of Water

Alice Gosti: Bodies of Water

Alice Gosti’s Bodies of Water was a 5-hour spectacle and community gathering on the Seattle Waterfront co-produced by Velocity and Friends of Waterfront Seattle. Read Gosti’s poetic statement about the source of her ambitious work about Seattle’s relationship...
The Color of Dance Speakeasy: Showing Out 2016 Contemporary Black Choreographers

The Color of Dance Speakeasy: Showing Out 2016 Contemporary Black Choreographers

On February 28, 2016, an incredible intergenerational gathering of Seattle dance luminaries came together for the Velocity Speakeasy The Color of Dance-History of Black Dance in Seattle.  The first of its kind in our city,...
Speakeasy Series: Keith Hennessy Post-Show Talk

Speakeasy Series: Keith Hennessy Post-Show Talk

Last Sunday, March 13, 2016 Keith Hennessy returned to Velocity to perform his one man show, Bear/Skin, and engaged in post show discussion. Artistic Director Tonya Lockyer’s letter of introduction for the show:  “It changed...
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...
Velocity's TEDxRanier Talk: Mother, for you I made this.

Velocity’s TEDxRanier Talk: Mother, for you I made this.

Tonya Lockyer and Ezra Dickinson recently spoke at the TEDxRainer event Known/Unknown, representing Velocity Dance Center. Lockyer introduces and contextualizes Dickinson’s work Mother for you I Made this, honoring the emancipatory and community-building powers of dance. Part...
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Darrell Jones Lightning Talk // Velocity SFDI 2014

Darrell Jones Lightning Talk // Velocity SFDI 2014

Darrell Jones gave a stirring talk on identity, community, and vogueing at Velocity Dance Center as a part of our 2014 Seattle Festival of Dance Improvisation (SFDI). Watch the footage of his Lightning Talk below, and keep the conversation going. You can find other probing topics and inspired artists under Lighting Talks The SFDI Lighting Talks are part of an annual conversation series developed and curated by...
Libretto: How to become a partisan

Libretto: How to become a partisan

The Libretto used in Alice Gosti’s How to become a partisan, which was produced through Velocity’s Made in Seattle program and premiered April 25, 2015. Alvaro Valsenti 93 – by Alice Gosti [ENGL] In the dark matter, sunflowers turn to the sun for a season die and rot in a mash of putrified brown gold is it for me is it for us is it for them...
Historical Information about the Partisan Resistance

Historical Information about the Partisan Resistance

The story opens with the image of a character called Diavolo (Devil, a sergeant), sitting on his motorcycle, smoking a cigarette, and waiting for a girl. When Vera appears at a distance, Diavolo notices the attention she gets from a group of soldiers and he is struck by her attractiveness. The narrator’s gaze passes from Diavolo to Vera, who is staring pensively at a big German pistol...
Mark Haim + Jesse Zaritt Post Performance Discussion at Velocity

Mark Haim + Jesse Zaritt Post Performance Discussion at Velocity

Mark Haim (SEA) and Jesse Zaritt (NYC) lead a community discussion following the showing of their work-in-progress duet created during a workshop and residency at Velocity Dance Center. Haim and Zaritt offer insights into the work and their creative process, and garner an interesting discussion with the audience about the heritage and influence of their work, and the potential and fragility that lies within living dance. Watch...
RE_POST: The State of the Arts: The Capitol Hill Arts District and Why it Matters

RE_POST: The State of the Arts: The Capitol Hill Arts District and Why it Matters

This article was originally published on VanguardSeattle.com on February 16, 2015. Countless articles have been written around the country in the last few years about how communities that were once thriving cultural centers have been drained of the creative and engaged people that made it what it was. Art might still be shown in some of these places, but is no longer made there, as the artists...
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...
Who's The Artist Now?

Who’s The Artist Now?

Tonya Lockyer (Velocity Artistic + Executive Director) originally published this essay in CityArts magazine.    Our image of artists has changed radically throughout history. Today they’re often considered “creative entrepreneurs”—a model some people worry heralds the end of the artist entirely. It doesn’t. Bach considered himself an artisan, not an artist but a master craftsman. He was a problem-solver, famously commissioned by a count to compose variations...
What is the New West?

What is the New West?

Is there a New West? What does it mean to make performance out of the vibrant culture of the evolving 21st century American West? A range of dance artists, in their proposals for Velocity’s Next Fest NW program, weighed in on what comprises The New West. The breadth of their insight is as expansive as the West itself, and their collective reflections organically shape a multifaceted answer...
Owen David: What is the New West? Next Fest NW14

Owen David: What is the New West? Next Fest NW14

  We are thinking about frontiers and pioneers; about circling the wagons, mutual dependence, and the struggle for worth; and about how white masculinity, sovereignty, socio-economic agency, and the ghost of Eden all lie tangled in some notion of an American wilderness. We are coming at this as members of the post-recession millennial generation, an amalgam of fantasies, desires, and fears about the American Dream; at once...
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...