Velocity Dance Center And Studio Kate Wallich Present YC2: NEW DANCES II

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Velocity Dance Center And Studio Kate Wallich Present YC2: NEW DANCES IIStudio Kate Wallich and Velocity Dance Center are excited to announce YC2's second evening of work running September 20-23 at Velocity's Founders Theater. New Dances II will be performed by the dancers of YC2 and feature works by former Batsheva dancer Tom Weinberger, New York City based choreographer Sidra Bell and Seattle's Kate Wallich with costuming by Seattle stylist duo cuniform.

Internationally acclaimed teacher and choreographer Tom Weinberger creates a new work for YC2 over the course of multiple rehearsal/residency periods. Weinberger's new evening length work Familiar Foreign Body recently sold out four nights at Velocity in June. The dancers of YC2 learned and will perform world-renowned New York City based choreographer Sidra Bell's work Beyond the edge of the Frame, set by Lillian Barbeito, Artistic Director of LA based repertory company BODYTRAFFIC. Kate Wallich will also choreograph a new work on the YC2 dancers, with original music by local composer Luke Bergman.

"For this season of YC2 we wanted the dancers to have a wide range of experience from process to performance. We chose two new creations from choreographers from different aesthetic and cultural backgrounds, allowing the dancers to experience varying rehearsal structures and forms of collaboration. With one of the goals of this program being to connect dancers to future job opportunities and collaborators, we chose to give them the experience of working within a repertory setting, dually introducing them to Sidra's movement language while experiencing what it's like to work with BODYTRAFFIC's co-artistic director Lillian Barbeito.

There are many ways to be a working dancer in the field, and we built YC2 as a platform to provide dancers with the time and space to discover what path they want to take."-Kate Wallich, Studio Kate Wallich Artistic Director

"Velocity is an incubator for artists, teachers, new works, and the holistic training of professional dancers," says Velocity's Artistic + Executive Director Tonya Lockyer. "We've been committed to Kate Wallich as a maker and teacher since the beginning of her career. It's exciting to continue that collaboration by supporting YC2."

"As an incubator for both performers and choreographers, YC2 shows promise, and has a solid foundation from which to push creative boundaries" -Seattle Dances

YC2 was formed in 2017 by Studio Kate Wallich in partnership with Velocity Dance Center as a platform for dancers to exercise artistic agency while receiving consistent training, and paid rehearsal and performance opportunities. YC2 has empowered dancers to thrive artistically in professional situations and has been the company in residence at Velocity Dance Center. Now in their second season, the dancers of YC2 worked with Kate Wallich, former Batsheva dancer Tom Weinberger, Lillian Barbeito from LA based dance company BODYTRAFFIC, and Lavinia Vago and Thomas House from The YC during creative work sessions in developing new works, training, re-staging works and community engagement practices. This session, Studio Kate Wallich has supported 6 dancers over 220 hours of paid rehearsal time, provided 110 hours of training, and subsidized access to up to 150 hours of additional class time. YC2 dancers also benefited from Velocity's ongoing programming.

YC2 has performed at Velocity Dance Center, selling out four shows in October 2017 and performed around Seattle including Velocity's Fall Kick Off, Pioneer Square Art Walk at Peter Miller Books and on Portage Bay Reach for Sauna Dance with Speedboat, a long form site specific work. Dancers from YC2 have gone on to perform and tour with The YC, MADBOOTS DANCE, zoe | juniper, Ate9 Dance Company, Cherdonna/DONNA, Dayna Hanson, Kim Lusk, Tectonic Marrow Society and more. YC2 dancers are also makers in their own right and have presented work at On the Boards' 'Northwest New Works Festival' and 'Open Studio' programs, Velocity Dance Center's 'Bridge Project', Seattle Dance's 'Dance Crush', Photon Factory and more.

After this season YC2 will continue to develop and expand, bringing in Artists in Residence and choreographers for the Seattle Dance community to benefit from.

YC2 'New Dances II' is a co-production between Studio Kate Wallich and Velocity Dance Center.

'Beyond the Edge of the Frame' was originally commissioned by and for BODYTRAFFIC and premiered at The Joyce Theater in 2012.

Performance Dates + Times:

  • Thursday, SEP 20; 8PM

  • Friday, SEP 21; 8PM

  • Saturday, SEP 22; 8PM

  • Sunday, SEP 23; 8PM

Location: Velocity; 1621 12th Ave, Seattle

Tickets: $20 advance ($25 at the door); $17 MVP members; $15 under 25 (w/ ID); $50 Patron

Open Rehearsal for Press

Wednesday, SEP 12th, 12-1PM

Velocity; 1621 12th Ave, Seattle Event Page

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