NIGHTLIGHT: Beaver Moon, presented by Velocity Dance Center at Cafe Racer, is a full moon ritual, performance event and dance party. This special in person edition of NIGHTLIGHT happens Friday, November 19th in partnership with Cafe Racer. Featuring movement artists NEVE, Saira Barbaric and Markeith Wiley, DJ and drag artist Arson Nikki and musical artists Karinyo, Rainbow Coalition Death Cult and SuperCoze. This special evening includes collaborations between live musicians, live movers and punk full moon feels! Curated by artists Moonyeka and Fox Whitney, NIGHTLIGHT brings together some of their favorite local artists inviting all that gather to indulge their desire to party, transmute, manifest, and dance hard from 8pm to close at Cafe Racer. Performances will happen throughout the evening including some special surprises, a warm up ritual moment with Moonyeka and Fox and a packed performance lineup you won’t want to miss. You can come and go as you’d like throughout the evening or stay for the whole night dancing into the wee hours with us!
Cafe Racer’s entrance, main bar, and bathrooms are wheelchair accessible. There are accessible parking spaces outside of the venue on the street. The downstairs seats have room for guests with wheelchairs, canes, walkers and service animals. To reserve spaces downstairs for guests with accessibility needs, please email email@example.com.
NIGHTLIGHT is a gathering inspired by full moon feelings and the need to come together when and how we can. Instigators Fox Whitney and Moonyeka invite a rotating group of featured artists to create a performance experience inspired by the month’s full moon.
ABOUT THE DANCE ARTISTS
NEVE grew up on a river in the part of Lenni Lenape land where they drive trucks, hay-wagons, and horse-drawn wagons over the rolling green hills known as Clinton, New Jersey. Their parents were fairytale, goddess, and art loving bohemians, and early on NEVE got a taste for all that is romantic, timeless, and world-changing. NEVE’s first professional dance experience began when he was eight years old. Scouted by Def Dance Jam Workshop founder and director Aziza, NEVE danced with the all-Black, ability-integrated youth and elder-friendly dance company for five years, their parents commuting them daily from NJ to Harlem, NY. NEVE received their BA in dance and critical visual culture in 2012 from Hampshire College, and moved to the Bay Area to continue their art and embodiment work with Sins Invalid, AXIS Dance Company, and the SF queer porn scene in 2013. In 2014, NEVE met one of their loves of life while on tour with Mangos with Chili, and subsequently moved to Seattle (Duwamish) in 2016 where they still live. Here, NEVE premiered two evening-length musical dance theater works in 2018 and 2019 to critical acclaim.
NEVE is a 2020 Pina Bausch Fellow, one of the first two Americans to ever receive the award (Majesty Royale being the other)! Their new choreographic work, “Flora hereafter: how flowers survive”, commissioned by AXIS Dance Company, will premiere in their 2021 Home Season (Oct 22-23).
NEVE loves life, the delights and pains of embodiment and love, the sparkle-ache and promise of growth, the higher power inside all of us, the earth’s lullabies and war cries, drinking color, and kissing/thinking/dreaming/
NEVE believes in God(exxes), Liberation, Land Back, Right of Return, Reparations, the Loch Ness Monster, the Multiverse, the concept that all living beings are people, and You.