Velocity Dance Center Presents THE SAMURAI PROJECT, 8/22

Velocity Dance Center Presents THE SAMURAI PROJECT, 8/22

In a three-city tour connecting Buenos Aires, Seattle + Mexico City, Velocity SCUBA 2014 Artist Elia Mrak (SEA), Viko Hernandez (MEX) + Martin Piliponsky (ARG) debut a bold and athletic trio and create a new work on three Seattle dancers. All ideas, images, and movements are created in collaboration with The Samurai Project August workshop participants and further refined during a weeklong residency with selected dancers.


A partnership of The Samurai Project + Velocity

MON-FRI AUG 4-15 / 11:30AM-5pm (REST DAYS AUG 9 + 10)
Velocity Founders Studio 1621 12th Ave
REGISTER $425 entire workshop / $300 SFDI Participants ­- call 206.325.8773 to register with the SFDI discount

An immersive workshop to study technique, train in improvisational practice, and contribute to the creation of a new piece. Work together with Elia Mrak (USA), Viko Hernandez (Mexico) + Martin Piliponsky (Argentina) and cultivate community. Learn physical floor work based on the principals of David Zambrano's Flying Low, develop musicality through folk dancing and breakdancing, improve your partnering abilities, and improvise with more confidence and skill. Create a solo, compose within a group and train physically and creatively.

Four dancers will be selected to spend an additional week creating a new work performed AUG 22 (8PM + 10PM) at Velocity in a shared evening with Mrak, Hernandez + Piliponsky.

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Elia Mrak, Viko Hernandez, and Martin Piliponsky have been collaborating together since 2010, performing, teaching, and building community throughout Mexico, Argentina and the USA. They are building their tribe through technique, education, and creation. This is a big step in solidifying their presence across the pan-American dance scene and beyond. They will premiere a new evening-length work in Mexico City on September 19th.

Elia Mrak - is a storyteller. His work fuses physical technique with the imaginative spirit. Transforming his practice of Qigong, Bboying and Flying Low, he weaves stories through the dramaturgy of the theater. He has performed, taught, and directed throughout the last decade of working in Europe, Central/South America, and the United States. He includes in his list of masters: David Zambrano (BELGIUM), Park Young-Cool (KOREA) and FeverOne (USA/Rocksteady). He is rooted in Seattle, where he works, both solo and in partnership with Velocity Dance Center, Washington Hall, Cornish College of the Arts, The Beacon (Massive Monkees) and Seattle Aikikai. He was a 2014 SCUBA artist commissioned to create a new work by Velocity, and funded to tour it through Minneapolis, Philadelphia and San Francisco.