// Creative / process //
CREATIVE / PROCESS classes and workshops are taught by leading movement practitioners and reflect current developments in the field of contemporary dance. Each series takes a multi-faceted approach that integrates technique and creative process.
CREATIVE / PROCESS SERIES
Velocity Founders Studio 1621 12th Ave
$15 Drop-in / $12 MVP
Buy a full class series for just $60 for 6 weeks ($10/class)
VICTORIA JACOBS: BEGIN HERE
WEDS MAR 1 – APR 5 / 6-7:45PM
REGISTER $60 (Full Series) / $15 Drop-in / $12 MVP
Begin with what you come into the room with. Begin with your likes, your dislikes, your wants and your needs. Move through your fears and your attractions. Move through your strength and your weakness. Taste your experience. Bring all of yourself. Move with all of your self. End holding more of yourself. End by leaving and walking into your own life.
Movement exploration drawn from contemporary dance technique and Gyrotonic principles will empower you to bring more of your own essence to your dances, your words, your body, and your relationships in and out of the studio.
VICTORIA JACOBS believes that each of us can get to know our own body’s language in a way that makes life richer and more enjoyable. She loves to teach movement in a way that helps you to make more sense to yourself. She is a passionate researcher of fluid functional structure in the lineage of Aileen Passloff (Judson Dance Theater) and Jill Ableson (SPRe Bodywork). Her background includes contact improvisation, flamenco, and contemporary dance technique, and she holds a BA in Writing/Dance from Bard College, NY. She has been teaching movement arts since 2004 and currently teaches the Gyrotonic Expansion System at Seattle Changing Room. victoriajacobs.me
WEDS APR 12 – MAY 17 / 6-7:45PM
REGISTER $60 (Full Series) / $15 Drop-in / $12 MVP
We are here.
We are in space.
We are here in space, together, with others.
I’m interested in a physical and creative practice that moves past the binary of good and bad in our bodies, observations, choices, and actions. In this process we will engender a tone of curiosity, exertion, play, and attention to what’s happening and our experience of it.
We don’t have to get rid of technique or aspirations for clarity to move past the dogma of good/bad and right/wrong in our bodies and work. Rather we can use rigor in all forms as the vehicle to expand our physical, emotional, and creative toolkit. It is my hope that in this workshop, together, we will develop a culture of curiosity, playfulness, vulnerability, and accountability to each other and our creative selves.
This series is not an audition, rather it will contribute to research for a new project.
ZOE SCOFIELD is a dance and visual artist based in Seattle since 2002. Born and raised in Georgia, Zoe began ballet at a young age, instilling in her a deep love and interest in structure, discipline and performances’ ability to create a transformative experience. In 2004 she founded zoe | juniper with collaborator Juniper Shuey, presenting their work at national and international arts centers. Residencies, awards and grants include MacDowell Colony, Guggenheim Fellowship, Princess Grace Foundation, Artist Trust, NEFA, NPN, Wesleyan University, Velocity Dance Center and On the Boards, among others. She regularly teaches workshops and lectures on dance, collaboration and installation. She served as guest faculty at Walnut Hill, Boston Conservatory, Columbia College, UCBoulder, CalArts, American University, NYU/Tisch and as a guest panelist for PICA Educating Dance Audiences, NEA and Cornish College. zj are co-founders of What We Talk About… an in-process feedback session for artists of all disciplines.
2013 Stranger Genius award winner zoe | juniper (zj) is a Seattle-based dance and visual arts team The Boston Globe describes as a “crazy dream you just can’t shake.” Co-founded by choreographer Zoe Scofield and visual artist Juniper Shuey, the company creates stunning multidisciplinary dance performance and installation works. Over the past 13 years zj has been commissioned and presented nationally and internationally by Jacob’s Pillow, On the Boards, Dance Theater Workshop/NYLA, Bates Dance Festival, PICA, DiverseWorks, PS122, Spoleto Festival, Columbia College, PuSh Festival, Wesleyan University, American Realness, Pennsylvania Ballet, ICA Boston, Joyce Theater, DancePlace, Frye Art Museum, Yerba Buena Center, Trafo House, REDCAT, OzArts, SIFFx, Carolina Performing Arts, Fringe Arts Festival, CNDC Anger and others. Awards and residencies include The MacDowell Colony, Bellagio Rockefeller Foundation, Princess Grace Foundation, Mellon Foundation and MAPFund.
HEATHER KRAVAS: LABOR, STRUCTURE, DESIRE
WEDS MAY 31 – JUNE 28 (5-week Series) / 6-7:45PM
REGISTER $50 (Full Series) / $15 Drop-in / $12 MVP
HEATHER KRAVAS is a choreographer and performing artist. Since 1995, she has investigated choreographic, somatic and collaborative practices to explore the limits of dance as a contemporary form. Often repetitive and exceptionally structured, her dances consider and activate the edges of human experience – boredom, indulgence, disappointment and desire. Her upcoming work, visions of beauty premieres at On the Boards March 30 – April 2.
Kravas’s performances have been presented at venues including Chez Bushwick, The Chocolate Factory, Dance Theater Workshop, Danspace Project at St. Mark’s Church, The Kitchen, Movement Research at Judson Church, On the Boards, Performance Space 122, Fusebox Festival and Tonic as well as internationally. Her varied collaborations include choreography with Canadian/European artist Antonija Livingstone (2003-2008) and extensive improvisation with cellist Okkyung Lee as the nono twins (1999-2004). Since 2001 she has worked as an interpreter and rehearsal assistant for DD Dorvillier’s human future dance corps and also performed in the work of Marina Abramovic, Jennifer Allen, Alain Buffard, Amy Cox, Dayna Hanson, Amii LeGendre and Yvonne Meier.
Kravas is a 2016 Creative Capital Artist and 2015 Doris Duke Impact Awardee and has previously received support from Foundation for Contemporary Art, MAP Foundation, National Performance Network, 4Culture, PACT/Zollverein, CCNFC Belfort, f.u.s.e.d., Bossak/Heilbron Foundation, the Yard and Seattle Arts Commission.
SPRING 2017 SERIES:
Series 1: JAN 18 – FEB 22: Amy O’Neal
Series 2: MAR 1 – APR 5: Victoria Jacobs
Series 3: APR 12 – MAY 17: Zoe Scofield
Series 4: MAY 31 – JUNE 28 (5-week Series): Heather Kravas
CREATIVE / PROCESS series ARCHIVE
To see all Velocity CREATIVE / PROCESS Series (formerly called Investigative Movement Practices (IMP)) since 2013, CLICK HERE.
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