Tahni Holt, Cherdonna Shinatra and Tere O'Connor Set for Velocity's Fall 2014 Season

Tahni Holt, Cherdonna Shinatra and Tere O'Connor Set for Velocity's Fall 2014 Season

Velocity's exciting Fall Season includes two world-premieres -- celebrated Portland choreographer Tahni Holt, and Seattle's drag community premiere provocateuse, Cherdonna Shinatra -- and the arrival of major American choreographer, Tere O'Connor, in Seattle for a nine-day Velocity Open For(u)m.




SEPT 4 / 7PM + SEPT 5-6 / 10PM

Velocity Founders Theater / 1621 12th Ave

TICKETS $20 / $25 at the door / $15 student + senior / $17 MVP

Celebrated Portland choreographer Tahni Holt's provocative world-premiere Duet Love plays with our precious notions of hetero-romance. Holt and a stellar Pacific Northwest artistic team, draw from iconic photographs of famous couples as a driving force to disrupt and question how gendered bodies are portrayed in performance. Developed during a June and August 2014 Velocity residency, Duet Love thrives upon queer twists by asking: How does audience desire inflect the experience of masculine/feminine into the movement and emotion of dancing bodies? Performed by Ezra Dickinson, Keyon Gaskin, Allie Hankins and Lucy Yim. Music composed by Luke Wyland with special guest Corinna Repp. Dramaturgy by Robert Tyree. Lighting design by Jeff Forbes. Costume design by Jayme Hansen and Kate Fenker. Artistic advice by Chris Larson.

After the Velocity world premiere, Duet Love heads to PICA's TBA Festival in September 2014.

Interactive People Programs supplementing Holt's performance of Duet Love:

TUES SEPT 2 / 9:30-11:15
Velocity Founders Studio / 1621 12th Ave
$15 / $12 MVP

SEPT 4 / 5:30-8:30PM
Velocity / 1621 12th Ave
LAB $30 / $25 MVP / Includes ticket to THUR performance

Audience Labs aim to demystify dance through an equal emphasis on conversation, presentation, participation and social interaction. Facilitated by Velocity Artistic Director Tonya Lockyer, this audience lab focuses on Tahni Holt's Duet Love. The Audience Lab includes a ticket to the performance, refreshments and a post-show conversation with the artist.

TAHNI HOLT's varied collaborations and solo work have been presented throughout the Northwest and beyond: On The Boards and Bumbershoot, PICA's TBA Festival, Reed College's Raw Art Week, Fusebox Festival, The Lucky Penny (Atlanta); Movement Research's Monday at Judson Church (NYC); as well as far off places in France, Romania and Idaho. In 2010 Holt was curated into the PORTLAND 2010 Biennial and is an Oregon Arts Commission Fellowship awardee (2007). TahniHolt.com

SEPT 5-7 / 7PM
Velocity Founders Theater 1621 12th Ave
TICKETS $20 / $25 at the door / $15 student + senior / $17 MVP / All Access Pass $50

The official kick-off to the Seattle dance season, the 12th annual Fall Kick-off celebrates the talent and imagination of Seattle's contemporary dance scene. Re-live the best performance moments of 2014 and preview what's to come in 2015. The all-star line-up features zoe|juniper, Kate Wallich + The YC, ilvs strauss, Amy O'Neil, Alice Gosti, Cherdonna Shinatra and more! At Velocity's 2013 sold-out Fall Kick-Off, 52 companies represented the breadth and diversity of Seattle dance. Every year at the event, Velocity also celebrates the un-sung heroes of Seattle dance with the annual Dance Champion Awards.

New this year, taking advantage of national presenters being in Seattle for the 2014 Western States Arts Alliance Conference, The Fall Kick-Off will also serve as the first PNW Contemporary Dance Platform. Presenters from state and national arts organizations will be invited to attend the showcases and experience the talent, diversity and innovation of our region's dance artists, raising the profile of Pacific Northwest Dance and cultivating artists' touring and residency opportunities. To help local dance artists take full advantage of the Platform, Velocity will offer a free Professional Development Workshop on best practices in interacting with presenters, pursuing opportunities, and business aspects of sustaining a healthy career in dance.

The Fall Kick-Off is also Velocity's annual fall fundraiser for 2014-2015 programs.



OCT 17-19 + 24-26 / 8PM

Post Show Conversation + Cocktails / OCT 18 + 25 with Seattle celebs

Velocity Founders Theater / 1621 12th Ave

TICKETS $20 / $25 at the door / $15 student + senior / $17 MVP

This fall, Jody Kuehner aka Cherdonna Shinatra, an icon in the LGBTQ, burlesque and drag communities, premieres her first evening-length solo show/art project, Worth my Salt. Featuring costumes by extraordinary designer Mark Mitchell, visual design by Corrie Befort and Sari Breznaue, and performance mentorship by Guggenheim awardee Dayna Hanson. Drawing on Carl Sagan's series Cosmos and female icons Kate Bush, Diane Keaton, and Marie Antoinette - Worth My Salt looks at the timely theme of gender inequity through the lens of an existential crisis. How do we prove our worth? How do we feel worthy? Cherdonna's unique vision brings together dance and drag with clowning's ability to tug on heartstrings, cabaret's warm intimacy, and performances' ability to shatter taboos to make sharp social commentary.

Founded in 2012, Velocity's Made in Seattle new dance development program has produced and presented four acclaimed, sold-out performances--extended, multi-dimensional projects that have been transformational for artists and audiences alike. Made in Seattle grows the local creative community by commissioning evening-length dance works by some of our region's most talented artists. We increase the quality of new contemporary dance by expanding our multi-dimensional, direct support to artists during the critical development phase of new work. Made in Seattle particularly helps midcareer artists, who are often under-supported.

Interactive People Programs accompanying Kuehner's Worth my Salt include:

SPEAKEASY SERIES: The Art of Politics and the Politics of Queer Part II

OCT 5 / 6PM

Velocity / 1621 12th Ave

FREE and open to all

Kuehner and designer Mark Mitchell share their work, discussing the queer politics of art-making. The audience is invited into the conversation over a delicious family-style meal.