SuperGroup, Nichole Canuso Dance, NAKA Dance Theater and More Set for Velocity's SCUBA 2014

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SuperGroup, Nichole Canuso Dance, NAKA Dance Theater and More Set for Velocity's SCUBA 2014

Velocity's SCUBA 2014 features performances by four nationally emerging talents in contemporary dance: Minneapolis's "excessively smart, super imaginative" SuperGroup, Philadelphia bright light Nichole Canuso Dance Company in a solo work influenced by her mentor renowned British movement/theater artist Wendy Houstoun, and San Francisco's NAKA Dance Theater performance inspired by their research trip to Northern Japan in response to Japan's earthquake, tsunami and nuclear meltdown. PLUS a SCUBA-commissioned world premiere, Paraphrase, by Seattle's own Elia Mrak + Erica Badgeley,

Velocity initiated SCUBA in 2002 to create a national platform providing precious touring opportunities to contemporary dance artists. SCUBA gives audiences a fantastic view of the breadth of choreographic invention across the country, while every year sending a Seattle artist on their first national tour.


WED April 23 / 8:9:30PM

Mining the techniques of Qigong, Bboying and Flying Low, through games, exercises and phrases, we will train the pathway from horizontal to vertical, and back to horizontal again. Transforming the force of gravity around us to run, fall, jump, suspend, and pause, we will learn how to play in the extremes of our physicality. We will hone our senses, to hear music more acutely, observe the space more fully, and invite the touch of others with more tactility. This is an integral technique that transforms the body into an infinite combination of pathways. We will risk, we will sweat, we will perform. We will train.


THURS April 24 / 7PM

Free + open to the public

Velocity Founders Theater 1621 12th Ave

SCUBA artists present what is fuelling their current work and creative process, followed by an open community conversation and Q+A.

NAKA Dance Theater: March 2014 marked the third anniversary of the 3.11 earthquake, tsunami and nuclear meltdown in Northern Japan. Drawing from their presentation Artists as Activists in Fukushima, Debby Kajiyama and Jose Navarrete speak about their research trip to Northern Japan in 2012 and the development of their SCUBA work, BAILOUT! or Can you picture this prophecy? The temperatures are too hot for me.

Elia Mrak + Erica Badgeley: "Dramaturgy of the Body" - What is 'dramaturgy', and how does the body source it?

SuperGroup: Part academic lecture, part embodied practice, part novice theater game, SuperGroup offers a glimpse into their collaborative process and their search for the intelligent multitasking performer.

Nichole Canuso: Canuso creates performance that invite the audience to become a part of the work - stepping inside and navigating the terrain of the dance. She will show a video of her most recent project "The Garden", sharing some of the questions and discoveries from this process.

SCUBA Post-Show Conversation

SAT April 26 / Directly following Saturday's SCUBA performance
Free + open to the public

Velocity Founders Theater 1621 12th Ave

Join Elia Mrak, Erica Badgeley, Nichole Canuso, NAKA Dance Theater's Jose Navarrete + Debby Kajiyama, and SuperGroup for a conversation about their work and process with Executive/Artistic Director Tonya Lockyer.


April 25-27 / 8PM

Tickets $18 / $20 at the door / $12 students + seniors / $15 MVP

Velocity Founders Theater 1621 12th Ave

A weekend of critically acclaimed performances by four nationally emerging talents in contemporary dance. Featuring a new work by Seattle's Elia Mrak + Erica Badgeley, with Seattle premieres by Nichole Canuso Dance Company (Philadelphia), NAKA Dance Theater (San Francisco) and SuperGroup (Minneapolis).

SCUBA is a visionary Velocity program in partnership with ODC in San Francisco, Philadelphia Dance Projects and independent Minneapolis curator, Laurie Van Wieren that has helped propel onto the national stage SCUBA alumni zoe|juniper, Lingo and Salt Horse.


Elia Mrak + Erica Badgeley (Seattle)

Paraphrase (World premiere)

Paraphrase is a conversation. A story. A narrative. A battle between two extraordinary performers, to be the clearer, the more creative, the more colorful, the more physical, the more imaginative - storyteller. Mrak and Badgeley are exceptional improvisers who delight in pushing each other to the edge.

Elia Mrak fuses physical technique with imagination, to transform his practices of Qigong, Bboying and Flying Low, into a dramaturgy of theater. Born in Seattle, he has performed, taught and directed throughout the last decade in Europe, Central/South America, and the United States. Mentors include: David Zambrano (BELGIUM), Park Young-Cool (KOREA) and FeverOne (USA/Rocksteady). He is rooted in Seattle through partnerships with Velocity Dance Center, Washington Hall, and The Beacon (Massive Monkees). In 2014, Elia Mrak received the prestigious Iberescena Fellowship to create "The Samurai Project", a three-country collaboration throughout the Americas with Viko Kaizen (MEXICO) and Martin Piliponsky (ARGENTINA). They will hold auditions in Seattle, Buenos Aires and Mexico City throughout 2014.

Erica Badgeley. Since graduating with a B.A. Dance from the University of Washington, she has performed with: Kate Wallich | The YC, Danielle Agami / Ate9, Jeffrey Fracé and Elia Mrak. Her work has been presented at Velocity's "NEXT Fest Northwest", On the Boards "12 Minutes Max," and the University of Washington. Internationally, she has performed with Idan Sharabi in Montreal, and trained with David Zambrano in Barcelona. Originally trained at Pacific Northwest Ballet and LINES Ballet, her athletic, rebellious spirit has led her to Flying Low, Break Dance, and the practice of integrating her past into her present through improvisation. She also transforms her performance practice into her pedagogy as a GYROTONIC Instructor.

Nichole Canuso Dance Company (Philadelphia)

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