// Master Class Series + Workshops //




Velocity’s MASTER CLASS SERIES + WORKSHOPS provide the perfect opportunity to learn from and share experiences with leading dance artists from around the globe. Master classes + workshops — ranging from technique, improvisation, creative process and somatics — take place year-round, and bring internationally renowned artists to Velocity through partnerships with UW Meany Hall, Seattle Theatre Group, On the Boards and Cornish College for the Arts.

Past Master Classes + workshops have included: Mark Haim + Jesse Zaritt, Heidi Henderson, Tere O’Connor (NYC), Kyle Abraham (NYC), Ariel Freedman + Danielle Agami (Gaga USA), Andrew de Lotbinière Harwood (Canada), the Merce Cunningham Dance Company (NYC), Kidd Pivot (Canada/Germany), Mark Morris Dance Group (NYC), Chunky Move (AUS), Miguel Gutierrez (NYC), Keith Hennessy (SF), Kathleen Hermesdorf (SF), K.J. Holmes (NYC), Liz Santoro (NYC), Joy Davis (Countertechnique), Gregory Maqoma (South Africa), and many others.







SAT JUNE 18 / 9:30-11:30AM
(Steward 9:30-10:30 / Kawasaki 10:30-11:30)
SAT JUNE 25 / 10:30-11:45AM (Kawasaki)
with post-masterclass discussion 12-12:30PM (Steward)
$15 / $12 MVP each day
cash/check/class card 

This two-day audition and dance workshop is about utilizing physicality, concept, and dance dramaturgy to create intelligible, and visually captivating dance proposals. The participants will become familiar with the material for the performance “365” that is scheduled to premier this Fall. We will create short solo proposals, and interact with the images, text, light, and music that appear in the original work. We will also create collaborative dance scores for each other, and create new dance material in collaboration. The concept of movement dramaturgy will be introduced and highly reflected in this workshop.

Participants will be considered for the evening dance production that will premiere at Velocity on September 1st – 2nd of 2016 as well as for a full-evening production, and a site-specific planned for 2017. Petra looks to work with dancers with the strong dance technique, who are curious and interested in exploring the movement outside of their dance safety zones. The dancers with the affinity for movement research, visual sensibility, and concept-thinking, are highly encouraged to apply. Some home preparation will be required.

PETRA ZANKI is a dance and performance maker who studied movement with renown choreographers and performing artists such as Emio Greco, Jonathan Burrows, Patricia Bardi, Goat Island, Sjord Vreugdenhil (Forsythe Improv Technologies), Deufert & Plischke, and Gob Squad. In 2010 Petra was awarded the best Croatian choreographer at XI. Platform of Young Choreographers, and from 2011 to 2013 was artist-in-residence at the Zagreb Dance Center. In 2012 she was selected among six European choreographers to receive the two-year choreography scholarship SPAZIO from HIPP and The ICK- Amsterdam of Emio Greco. Her dance and theatre works were presented on festivals and venues across Europe, in the US, and Australia. In the US she collaborated with On The Boards, La Mama, Velocity, and PS122.






FRI JULY 8 / 4:30 – 6:30PM
SAT JULY 9 / 2:30 – 6:30PM
Velocity: V2 1525 11th Ave
$40 / $34 MVP
RSVP appreciated but walk-ups accepted


performing gender together, over and over again
This workshop/audition will focus on repetitive actions and their potential to change meaning for the performer and spectator. We will shake, stomp, and tendu durationally, allowing ourselves to move and be moved. We will utilize obsessive/compulsive structures to push our words and movements beyond the recognizable. Paying close attention to how gender may be expressed and repressed, we will examine the performance of feminine and masculine as a daily activity and formal dance.


HEATHER KRAVAS is a Seattle-based choreographer and performing artist investigating choreographic, improvisation, and collaborative practices in contemporary dance to explore the limits of choreography. Her work has been presented inter/nationally including On the Boards, American Realness, The Chocolate Factory, The Kitchen, and P.S. 122.


Her upcoming project, visions of beauty, through accident, failure, and poetry, aims to undermine preconceptions of power and masculinity. visions of beauty is a Creative Capital project, co-produced by On the Boards and P.S. 122. It premieres at On the Boards March 2017.





SAT JULY 23 / 11 – 1:30PM
Velocity Founders Studio 1621 12th Ave
$20 / $18 MVP
RSVP appreciated but walk-ups accepted


Lincoln’s workshop explores the duet form with particular attention to attunement in performance. Participants will improvise, learn solo and partnered material, animate objects, and work with structured scores of mundane virtuosity and precise physicality.

This workshop will serve as an audition for one to two dancers needed to understudy and perform “an attic an exit,” an evening length duet by Rachael Lincoln and Leslie Seiters. Selected dancer/s will perform once during a two-week run at ACT Theater Oct. 26-Nov. 6th and must be available to tour Nov. 7-13th.

In addition, Lincoln is looking for up to 5 dancers for a new work beginning in 2017.

Cited by Dance View Times as a “fresh, literate director with a mastery of dramatic timing,” RACHAEL LINCOLN has been making physical dance theater since 1997. Her work has been presented in venues including Sopiensaele Theater in Berlin, Theater Artaud in San Francisco, The Dublin Fringe Festival, The Bytom Dance Festival in Poland, UCLA, and The Indonesian Dance Festival. Lincoln was a member of The Joe Goode Performance Group and Jo Kreiter’s Flyaway Productions, and has collaborated with Sara Shelton Mann, Bebe Miller, Kathleen Hermesdorf and Kim Epifano in the US and with wee dance company, Sommer Ulrickson, and Jess Curtis in Berlin. With Leslie Seiters, she is co-founder and co-director of the duet company Lean-to-Productions. Rachael has been a member of Bandaloop since 1998 and is currently an Assistant Professor in the dance program at The University of Washington.

Rachael Lincoln and Leslie Seiters’ collaboration spans two decades. Intent on expanding definitions of dance, they choreograph movement, props, rigging, and sound to engage their audiences in an evocative aesthetic experience. In the worlds they create, movement becomes language, objects become characters, and everyday logic is suspended. With equal concern for precision and wonder, Lincoln and Seiters integrate influences from contemporary dance, visual art, fiction, aerial dance, and theater.



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