Velocity Dance Center Announces Fall/Winter Season 2019-2020
Velocity Dance Center announces our Fall/Winter 2019-2020 Season with an exciting line-up of artist-centered programs, local residencies, PNW all-stars, and incredible guest artists from across the country.
This year, we are kicking things off in September with our annual Fall Kick-Off (September 16-22), this time focusing all of the programs on supporting, nurturing, and celebrating our artists with $5 classes, free workshops, conversations, resource fairs, and cocktail mixers. At the end of the week, we'll be throwing a party with pop-up performances by local luminaries like Noelle Price, Daniel Costa, Dakota Camacho, + more, as well as the announcement of our 2019/2020 Artist-In-Residence!
Late September and early October are packed with local and guest artists alike: Come to our first Speakeasy of the season on Thursday September 26 for a conversation and participatory lab forum with Seattle artists Jake Laundry, Jordan MacIntosh-Hougham, and Afroditi Psarra. Artists will be presenting and opening their practice to attendees to play and engage, with everything from tweeting to embroidered synthesizers!
One week later, Portland-based artist Takahiro Yamamoto will be presenting his performance Property of Opaqueness, co-presented with the Henry Art Gallery as part of their exhibition Carrie Yamaoka's recto/verso. Taka will be giving a talk on his research into ways of looking in performance and in the gallery at the Henry on October 5, and performing at Velocity on Sunday October 6.
A mere 10 days after Takahiro's performance, Velocity is honored and thrilled to welcome back Sean Dorsey Dance for one-weekend-only of the company's critically acclaimed BOYS IN TROUBLE. From October 17-20, this trailblazing Bay-area choreographer brings Seattle a timely and urgent commentary on contemporary masculinity, placing a trans and queer lens onto intersectional questions of embodiment, violence, Black queer love, whiteness, shame and posturing.
We launch into November with NYC-based artist Keith Hennessy's weekend performance of Sink (NOV 9 + 10). Wavering between punk and contemplative, transformative and fucked, Sink is an intimate and confrontational portrait of the current era through the embodied perspective of a middle aged, white, gay male artist.
In December, Velocity brings back our annual Next Fest NW, a festival of 4-9 works made in residency at Velocity, all inspired by the same prompt. This year's prompt and application process will be announced and open September 16, with the selected artists announced by mid-October. Mark your calendars for this year's NextFest, running December 12-15; there's no better place to see the region's artists come together in the spirit of exploration than at this festival!
This year, we're closing our fall season in early January with a very special weeklong residency with Gabrielle Civil and an ensemble of Seattle artists called Wild Beauty. From January 12-18, Gabrielle will work closely with Randy Ford, Neve Mazique-Bianco, and Fox Whitney on What happens if we take our time?, a Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. ritual / black movement intensive. In the week leading up to MLK's birthday, these core artists will take residency at Velocity to move in blackness across/beyond spectrums of gender, sexuality, queerness, ability, and art.