This summer, Velocity’s performance season features new dance works by faculty and participants of our annual Seattle Festival of Dance and Improvisation. From outdoor park performances to showcases and emerging research from both local and international faculty, our summer lineup offers something for everyone. It’s an opportunity to peek into the studio to see the research and development of new ideas that occurs at SFD+I each summer. Get your tickets to experience first-hand how SFD+I serves as a vital hub and catalyst for new dance in our city.

Want to experience this season from a new perspective? Join a Performance Cohort to be on the stage of the SFD+I Performance Cohorts Showcase, or register for Research Week to catch the full DI Series and train with the artists!

We’ll remember your spine, Matr.

Choreography by Jasmine Hern, Featuring the SFD+I 2024 Professional Cohort

JUL 20

We’ll remember your spine, Matr.

Join Jasmine Hearn + SFD+I’s Professional Cohort in an extended embodied listening practice.

This week-long experience bridges practices of dance, movement, and embodied poetics. Together we will listen to the land coordinates of Freeway Park while considering its history and potential future sourcing land and celestial histories of the site’s coordinates.

The creative process centers the prompt, what do I listen to in order to arrive and depart as a keeper of this place and its collective memory?

Together with our breathing, stilling, listening, and moving bodies — we will build recipes in response. We will build this moment together.

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SFD+I Performance Cohorts

New works by Lavinia Vago, Noel Price-Bracey, Kaitlin McCarthy + Akoiya Harris

AUG 2-3

SFD+I Performance Cohorts

Velocity Dance Center presents the Seattle Festival of Dance + Improvisation Performance Cohorts: Showcase, with works by renowned choreographers Lavinia Vago, Noel Price-Bracey, Kaitlin McCarthy, and Akoiya Harris. The performances are a culmination of two to three weeks of intensive training and rehearsal for dancers across many backgrounds and skill levels during the festival. Sharing the stage are advanced students from across the US in the Professional Cohort, local adult dancers in the Beginner and Intermediate Cohorts, and young dancers Youth Cohort. The Performance Cohorts Showcase is a unique opportunity to immerse yourself in Seattle’s vibrant contemporary dance scene, and witness Seattle’s up-and-coming talent.

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DI Series: Physical Education

Performances by Takahiro Yamamoto, Allie Hankins, Lu Yim + Keyon Gaskin

AUG 8

DI Series: Physical Education

Physical Education (PE) is keyon gaskin, Allie Hankins, Takahiro Yamamoto, and Lu Yim. Co-created in 2013, PE organizes and hosts performances, reading groups, workshops, artist talks, and dance parties. Originally started in 2013 as a private reading group and discussion date over dinner and drinks, PE has curated and facilitated public programming since 2014. PE’s vision is to offer contemporary artists and audiences, as well as curious individuals, immersive modes through which to engage with artworks that center around performance and performativity. PE acknowledges and scrutinizes the perceived illegibility and messiness of the performing body, and seeks to collaboratively confront and embrace questions about it with a community.

On this night, each individual of PE will share their practice in the form of a performance presentation.

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DI SERIES: RIVER, RIVER, RIVER + ANIMIST

Two new works by Shannon Stewart + Haruko Crow Nishimura

AUG 9

DI SERIES: RIVER, RIVER, RIVER + ANIMIST

On this night of Dance Innovators, Shannon Stewart will perform her 30 minute work entitled “river, river, river” and Haruko Crow Nishimura will perform a new 30 minute work entitled “Animist”

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DI SERIES: WE ARE (NOTHING) EVERYTHING

Featuring Anya Cloud + Makisig Akin

AUG 10

DI SERIES: WE ARE (NOTHING) EVERYTHING

What can we do together that we cannot do alone? This dance duet is a queer reimagination of a creation story. With patience, tenderness and prayer we epitomize the multiple ways that love can manifest. Intimacy facilitates straddling and queering notions of violence, care, pleasure, play and gender. Through performance we cultivate impossible conditions as an invitation to elusive spaces where desire, guilt, grief and love intersect. We hold the complexity and paradox of being socialized female bodies who are queer and racialized. Sometimes we share a body and sometimes we splinter into the ether — we simultaneously elevate each other and take each other down. What becomes possible when love is stronger than fear? We embody the wildest dreams of our queer ancestors.

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Velocity’s Summer 2024 Season is built around the Seattle Festival of Dance + Improvisation, and is co-curated by Velocity’s recent Curating Artist in Residence, Amy O’Neal, our Creative Producer, Shane Donohue, and our Executive Director, Erin Johnson.

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