FEATURING IMANI SIMS, EMMA LEE TOYODA, SPUR and MOONYEKA

Presented in partnership with Cafe Racer

Wed, SEP 21 | 8:00 PM

Cafe Racer | 1510 11th Ave

Campfire – $10 | Bonfire – $20 | Starfire – $30

FIRELIGHT: dance + music + storytelling is a monthly performance event presented by Velocity Dance Center in partnership with Cafe Racer. Artists of different backgrounds will come together to experiment, transform and light up the night with new performance offerings and collaborations. FIRELIGHT channels the power of fire to bring people together, create new possibilities and destroy what no longer serves us.

FIRELIGHT features a rotating group of artists coming together for this recurring event to experiment and connect across all disciplines of performance. FIRELIGHT is the brainchild of Velocity’s Artistic Director Fox Whitney and will be part of an ongoing Velocity residency at Cafe Racer happening every third Wednesday of the month. FIRELIGHT features an all QTBIPOC curatorial team and is inspired by another Velocity program: NIGHTLIGHT: full moon performance + dance party event curated by artists Fox and Moonyeka. For FIRELIGHT, Fox plans to continue encouraging collaborations across disciplines a la NIGHTLIGHT while expanding the roster of QTBIPOC artists participating as curators and organizers over the course of the residency.

The very first FIRELIGHT happens on Wed, SEP 21 | 8 PM featuring interdisciplinary artist and poet Imani Sims, interdisciplinary dance artist Moonyeka, and music + sound art from Emma Lee Toyoda and Spur!

Presented in partnership with Cafe Racer

ARTIST BIOS

Moonyeka

Moonyeka

Moonyeka [they/them] is a nonbinary Filipinx femme interdisciplinary artist with a specialty in dance and movement-based storytelling. Moonyeka is one of Velocity Dance Center’s Creative Residents for 2022 where they will be diving into performance research that centers QT + POC show girl histories, performance intelligences of working girls, and so much more.

Amongst many projects and collaborations Moonyeka is a co-curator for NIGHTLIGHT, a Velocity Dance Center program, where they invite a roster of dance/performing artists and live musicians to create unique performances that explore the spectrum of dance party and ritual. Moonyeka is also one of the vocalists and lyricists of The Gender Tender Experiment, led by Fox Whitney.

Find out more about group offerings such as Aswang Movement Incantations, Q Tuts, SLITHER: a sensual movement practice, and other class offerings at Patreon: patreon.com/moonyeka and on Instagram @m00nyeka

Imani Sims

Imani Sims

Imani Sims [they/them] is a Queer Black Femme with plant witch tendencies and a love for craft cocktails. Their obsession with Afrofuturism is reflected in the number of books on their shelves and the number of times they’ve read Octavia Butler’s entire collection of work. Imani spent 20 years as a poet, eventually got published and now spends most of their awake hours reading and walking their tiny french bulldog. They are committed to integrating art, ritual, and the Black aesthetic into experiences designed for QTBIPOC folk and looking towards the stars for inspiration.

Emma Lee Toyoda

Emma Lee Toyoda

Emma Lee Toyoda [they/them] is a queer-trans korean-japanese non-binary sunflower growing on stolen Dxʷdəwʔabš (Duwamish) land. ELT makes empathetic sadpunk tunes for you to wipe your tears with and nod your head to.
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Photo by Samira Shobeiri

Spur

Artist information coming soon.

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