// SPEAKEASY SERIES //

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The Speakeasy Series is Velocity-curated, community-hosted, series of panel discussions, audience labs, show + tells, performance lectures, informal community conversations and/or other formats.

“It’s rare that the rest of us get a direct invitation to these kinds of conversations—the kinds of conversations that make dance seem less tricky and intimidating, and can help us all to look a little more closely.”—Melody Datz Hansen, The Stranger Slog

 

Each speakeasy has a focus on provocative or timely issues including aesthetics, philosophy, or the intersection of dance and social justice.  The purpose of the Speakeasy Series is to encourage cross-disciplinary dialogue, promote civic engagement, create meaningful links between artists and communities, and support initiatives at the cutting edge of change.

All Speakeasy events are free or by suggested donation, and open to the public.

Have an idea for a Speakeasy event? See “Propose a Project” below!

upcoming SPEAKEASY EVENTS

SPEAKEASY: MARKING THE BODY
PART OF NEXT FEST NW: DISRUPTION

SAT DEC 2 / 5PM-6:30PM
Velocity 
1621 12th Ave
FREE + open to all

Marking the Body will bring together audiences and artists in a timely discussion in the face of Seattle’s current cultural climate. Syniva Whitney invites you to join them in an interdisciplinary inquiry into the resurgence of Seattle artists marking the body in dance, performance art, film, visual art, and installation. 

Syniva Whitney is an experimental artist working in the fields of theater, dance, film, and visual art. For the past seven years, Gender Tender, their performance project, has been their method for generating work. Coined “dancetalkcomedyserious” by GT performer Will Courtney, Syniva’s methods are a natural reflection of their queerness, non-binary gender, and multi-racial identity. Their performances showcase their love of conceptual art, drag, popular culture, and embodiment practices. Life has taken them far from their birthplace and early training as a teen at the Iowa Shakespeare Conservatory. They received their BA in art practice and theory at the Evergreen State College and went on to hone their skill for making risky performance while receiving an MFA at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. They’ve exhibited their work nationally and performed in venues large and small in Minneapolis, Portland, and most extensively in their hometown, Seattle.

The 2017 Speakeasy Series is made possible thanks to the generous support of Robert Stumberger.

VELOCITY OPEN FORUMS

Velocity Open Forums invite one and all into an open, freewheeling discourse on issues in contemporary art and society. Open Forums focus multiple Velocity Speakeasy Events around specific Velocity performances. Curated by Velocity Artistic Director Tonya Lockyer. All events are free unless otherwise noted.

PAST VELOCITY OPEN FORUMS:

Propose a Project

Proposals for Speakeasy events are accepted and reviewed on an ongoing basis.

Please include a description of the issue you would like to investigate, and, if known, a list of potential participants and/or your preferred format(s) ( i.e.: performative talk, family-style dinner, workshop/dialogue, happy-hour book club,  film screening, round-table etc.) Send your proposal, in any stage of development to Tonya Lockyer tonya@velocitydancecenter.org, cc’ing Erin Johnson, Associate Producer: erinjohnson@velocitydancecenter.org.

The Speakeasy Series is curated by Velocity Artistic + Executive Director Tonya Lockyer.

SPEAKEASYS ON STANCe

stance_logo-FRONTRead responses to Velocity Speakeasy Series events on
STANCE: journal of Choreographic Culture.

Have a response to a Speakeasy event? Email stance@velocitydancecenter.org.

SpeakeaSY SERIES ARCHIVE

See all Velocity Speakeasy Series events since the program began in 2011: VIEW ARCHIVE >>