Freedom Through Dance: Pat Graney's "Keeping the Faith" Prison Project

Freedom Through Dance: Pat Graney’s “Keeping the Faith” Prison Project

Written by Cornish College of the Arts student Hannah Cavallaro, this essay is a thoughtful, personal response to the article Baring and Bearing Life Behind Bars by Jessica Berson. Berson arrives at the Washington Corrections...
A Home at Velocity

A Home at Velocity

The following interview was conducted by Serra Shelton on February 24th, 2017. Maeve Haselton, Dance Major at Cornish College of the Arts, has been involved with Velocity since 2011, taking classes, workshops, volunteering, and now...
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...
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,...
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...
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Three Generations Speakeasy

Three Generations Speakeasy

THREE GENERATIONS SPEAKEASY: RECENT SEATTLE DANCE HISTORIES The weekend of February 19, 2016, Velocity welcomed Guggenheim Fellow and Seattle dance luminary, Bill Evans, back to our city for a weekend of performance and discussion rooted in Seattle dance histories. Velocity Co-Founder KT Niehoff and Seattle dance historian and writer Sandra Kurtz joined Bill on Sunday to discuss their perspectives on our city’s dance history, and the funding and cultural...
Participate in Process Speakeasy: Bridge Project 2016

Participate in Process Speakeasy: Bridge Project 2016

The Bridge Project is Velocity’s 4-week program for movement-based artists new to making work in Seattle, or who have been making work in Seattle for three years or less. This intensive residency offers four artists up to 45 hours of free rehearsal space for a new project while working with a cast of auditioned dancers. Additionally, all artists receive the creative, financial and administrative support of a...
Petra Zanki's Curating Performing Arts

Petra Zanki’s Curating Performing Arts

Curating Performing Arts Zagreb: Frakcija, 2011. 2nd Print Run. Curating Performing Arts, edited by Petra Zanki, together with Tea Tupajić and Florian Malzacher, is the world’s first publication fully dedicated to investigating the concept of the curator in performing arts, from its pragmatic limitations, its relations to art and artists up to its conditions within the field of immaterial labour and its role within the system of the...
What is Utopia? Next Fest NW15

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...
Art in Prisons Speakeasy

Art in Prisons Speakeasy

Velocity presented the Art in Prisons Speakeasy on Sunday September 13. Leigh Sugar guided a discussion about the current incarceration system in Washington and nation-wide with guest speakers Pat Graney, Lillian Hewko, Eli Hastings, Aaron Counts + Daemond Arrindell. The six artists communicated the significance of the American criminal justice system in which prisoners are separated by physical, racial, socio-economic, and geographic boundaries and, therefore, stripped of...
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...