Jeremy Wade Brings FOUNTAIN to Velocity, 2/15-16

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Velocity Presents the VELOCITY GUEST ARTIST SERIES, feautring Jeremy Wade (Berlin/NYC)'s FOUNTAIN tonight, February 15 & the 16th at 8 PM at the Velocity Founders Theater, 1621 12th Ave on Capitol Hill.

Tickets: $15 online / $18 at the door / $12 students + seniors. For the box office and more information, call 206.325.8773 or visit www.velocitydancecenter.org/boxoffice.

The Bessie Award-winning American choreographer and performer Jeremy Wade is known for his excessive performances, which provoke borderline experiences in interaction with his audience. Fountain is a celebrated solo from Wade that has evolved from experiments and performances staged since 2010. The work circumvents traditional audience-performer dynamics and facilitates a generous group experience that evolves into a sensual engine.

In his solo Fountain, Wade assumes the role of preacher, shaman and fool by offering himself as a medium to receive and transform the energy of the theater space taking the audience on an emotional and alchemical journey. Wade's choreographic technique is a unique encounter of aesthetic, sociological, and neurological dimensions. He derives movement from intense attention to the multiplicity of impulses in the body that are drawn from neurological processes, social constructions of norm, and aesthetic decisions. The stage becomes an engine where intersubjective actions/reactions envelope the audience for maximal sensation and association.

Jeremy Wade graduated from the School of New Dance Development in Amsterdam in 2000. Wade premiered his first evening length work Glory at Dance Theater Workshop in New York, for which he received a New York Bessie Award. Since then Wade has been living in Berlin, working closely with HAU and dramaturge Eike Wittrock. Besides the creation of performances and a rigorous teaching practice, Wade has always been drawn to the curation, production and hosting of ecstatic events.

Besides the creation of performances and a rigorous teaching practice Wade has always been drawn to the curation, production and subsequent hosting of ecstatic events. This interest in curation evolved from his experience as a vibrant host of parties and Night Clubs in New York City during the mid 90s to becoming a founding member in 2003 of Chez Bushwick a Live / Work loft for the performing arts in industrial Bushwick, Brooklyn. He curated the "Politics of Ecstasy" Festival in January of 2009 at the Hebbel am Ufer together with Meg Stuart, Eike Wittrock, and Brendan Dougherty. Wade also curated a queer performance series in 13 editions from 2009 to 2011 at Basso, Berlin titled "Creature Feature". For more information visit www.jeremywade.de.

Fountain is a production by Jeremy Wade in co-production with Danspace, NYC, HAU, Berlin. Sponsored with funds from the Hauptstadtkulturfonds and by the Mayor of Berlin Senate Chancellery Cultural Affairs. With support by Tanzfabrik Berlin and Uferstudios.

There will be a Post-Show Speakeasy Conversation with Heather Kravas tonight, February 15, as well as a workshop, "Articulating Disorientation (Improvisation/Exploration)" on February 15 and 16, 10AM-1PM at the Velocity Steward Studio 1621 12th Ave on Capitol Hill. $60 PRE-REGISTER / $35 DROP-IN* *Students are encouraged to take the entire workshop. Due to the workshop's accumulative nature, drop-ins will only be allowed on the first day.

Mayor's Arts Award and Genius Award winning Velocity Dance Center is Seattle's forward-thinking laboratory and essential incubator for dance and emerging ideas. With artist-driven, community-centered artistic programs, Velocity is instrumental in making Seattle a destination city with one of the most active dance communities in the nation. With artist-led classes and workshops every day, performances every week, three annual dance festivals, ongoing humanities programs that activate thoughtful conversations, as well as weekly community events from social dances to family-style dinners, Velocity is a portal for those new to dance and an important community resource. Home to hundreds of independent dance artists and renowned for producing innovative, cutting-edge work, Velocity has featured performances and master classes by art stars Pat Graney, Reggie Watts, Miguel Gutierrez, Tere O'Conner, Anouk van Dijk, Deborah Hay, Faye Driscoll, 33 Fainting Spells, KT Niehoff, Zoe Scofield/Juniper Shuey, Danielle Agami and many more. Velocity is Seattle's only dedicated contemporary dance venue where groundbreaking work and disciplined practice coexist.

For more about Velocity Dance Center, go to www.velocitydancecenter.org or call 206.325.8773.

Photo Credit: Romain Etienne