NIGHTLIGHT: Buck Moon
Drama Tops + Gender Tender + Rachaels Children + DJ Nia
In-person Dance Party
Fremont Abbey | Get Directions
Finally, in-person dancing! This special vaccinated edition of NIGHTLIGHT, Velocity Dance Center’s monthly late-night full moon ritual and dance party, takes place at the Fremont Abbey. Artist instigators Fox Whitney and Moonyeka have invited Drama Tops, Gender Tender, Rachaels Children, and DJ Nia to join them in creating an event that offers people a chance to indulge their desire to party, transmute, manifest, and dance hard. This event space requires that attendees be vaccinated.
NIGHTLIGHT is a late-night gathering inspired by full moon feelings and the need to come together when and how we can! Instigators Fox and Moonyeka invite a rotating group of featured artists to create an invitation/incantation for the digital realm that offers people a chance to indulge their desire to party, transmute, manifest, and dance hard. Instructions on how to engage during the event will be shared by artists beforehand. Artists will also offer party-goers a gift to mark each special occasion.
Drama Tops: Seattle’s hottest post-modern, nightlife performance rotational duo was born with the artistic partnership of Elby Brosch (he/him) and Shane Donohue (he/him). They began making work together four years ago with the creation of a solo on two bodies. The dynamic between their trans body and cis body has created beautiful moments of frustration, competition, tenderness, and comedy. Jordan Macintosh-Hougham, a non-binary dancer, joined Drama Tops rounding out expression, perspective, and dynamism. The Drama Tops blends the worlds of nightlife and concert modern dance. You may have seen the Drama Tops perform in their self-produced show, Drama Tops, this is for you, at Washington Hall, at On the Boards in Northwest New Works, at Velocity in Fall Kick Off, at Kremwerk in Family Meal and Catharsis, in Heels! At Cha Cha, and at a pop-up party at Photon Factory.
Rachaels Children are an experimental punk band from Seattle whose sound combines rhythmic looping guitars, driving beats, and wailing vocals to create a crescendo of noise that is equal parts beautiful and terrifying. Imagine if Bikini Kill and Talking Heads had three babies and raised those babies on sugar, anger, and rock n’ roll.
The group says their passion for creating sound “stems from a desire to reject compliance and provide a space for communal tantrums.” This is a band that will look you in the eye, bark in your face, and send you home wanting more.
Gender Tender is an interdisciplinary performance project created by the artist Fox Whitney that centers his queer black mixed transgender point of view. He creates experiences that investigate the nature of queer relationships, trans histories and the surreal nature of transformation Gender Tender engages a team of artists trained in Fox’s unique methods modeled on cults, sitcoms, and riots. This special pandemic edition of a Gender Tender meta band features artists new and veteran that Fox was in a covid pod with this past year: Will Courtney, Moonyeka, and Nat Barry.
From cumbia to dancehall. DJ Nia has been hosting intentional, healing, political, sexy parties for years. When they are not DJing they are involved with the community, strategizing for the fall of empire, singing, being, and breaking free.