// The Bridge project 2015 //


JAN 30 – FEB 1 / 8PM
Velocity Dance Center 1621 12th Ave
TICKETS $18 / $12 student + senior / $15 MVP / $50 Patron

Post-Show Conversations with the artists after the Friday and Saturday performances.

“The Bridge Project is one of Velocity’s great gifts to the city. — The Stranger 

DSC_0314_Kaitlyn Jane DyePhoto by Kaitlyn Jane Dye

4 of Seattle’s most promising choreographers create 4 new works in the pressure cooker of just 4 weeks at Velocity’s Bridge Project  turning Velocity into an intense hive of urgency, excitement and dedication. This year’s performance features exciting new work by emerging Seattle artists Adriana Hernandez, Coleman Pester, Hannah Simmons and Dylan Ward.

Adriana Hernandez investigates cultural identity outside of race, ethnicity, and gender; Coleman Pester explores identity through the lens of composition and highly physical dance; Hannah Simmons experiments with visualizing choreographic structures and exploring what it means to quantify a choreographic system; and Dylan Ward presents a highly kinetic work, full of choreographed fidgets and pulling initiations mixed with wide, sweeping movement.

In 2015, in celebration of 50 years of UW Dance, Velocity partners with the University of Washington Dance Department to award The Bridge Project UW Dance Residency. UW graduate Dylan Ward is the inaugural recipient.




SAT JAN 24 / 6PM
Velocity Founders Theater 1621 12th Ave
FREE and open to all

Bridge Project 2015 artists share key aspects of their creative process and bring the audience into their work, followed by an open community conversation.




DSC_0279_Kaitlyn Jane DyeBorn in Southern California, ADRIANA HERNANDEZ grew up in Tijuana, Mexico. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Cornish College of the Arts with a BFA in Dance in 2013. She has worked with Iyun Ashani Harrison, Mary Sheldon Scott, Anna Conner, and other artists in Seattle, San Diego, and Mexico. Currently, Adriana works as a Teaching Artist for Pacific Northwest Ballet’s Community Education Programs. She researches and experiments with movement through choreography and teaching creative movement. http://adrianahdance.wix.com/movementartist



Photo by Kaitlyn Jane Dye


Coleman Pester - Bridge Project 2015 - Michael Joseph #1 COLEMAN PESTER has built a diverse palate of work over the past five years through travel and education. During this time he founded Tectonic Marrow Society (a multi-disciplinary, collaborative umbrella project) and has premiered dance works in Seattle, Australia, Israel, New York, and San Francisco. Coleman earned his BFA from the LINES Ballet/Dominican University program in San Francisco. In 2012, he acted as the assistant to renowned Choreographer Anouk van Dijk, Artistic Director of Chunky Move (Australia). Coleman recently received a Cornish Arts Incubator Residency at the Cornish Playhouse. He was supported by Velocity’s Next Fest NW in 2013. http://www.tectonicmarrowsociety.com/





Photo by Michael Joseph


Hannah Simmons-BridgeProject2015-Olympia Shannon-2HANNAH SIMMONS, originally from Boston, is a choreographer, dancer, and performer. Her work centers around the intersection of dance, math, and technology. She received her B.A. in Dance and Mathematics from Bennington College. Hannah has worked with Anna Conner + Co (Seattle), José Mateo Ballet Theatre (Boston), Green Street Studios (Boston), and The Forsythe Company (Frankfurt).








Photo by Olympia Shannon


MELODY3_James_KentsmallDYLAN WARD makes performance and lives in Seattle, WA. Ward’s recent work, MELODY NELSON, premiered at Velocity in 2014 and was commissioned by Velocity’s Next Fest NW 2013. He is currently engaged in creating “Dogged,” a full length duet with his partner Jim Kent, which will premiere at Gay City Arts in April 2015. He is the first recipient of The Bridge Project UW Dance Residency. http://www.dylanfward.com/








Photo by James Kent



The Bridge Project is made possible by generous support from season sponsors: ArtsFund, 4Culture, The Seattle Foundation, The Office of Arts & Culture, The Pruzan Foundation, Pacific Continental Bank, Boeing, Power2Give Presented by ArtsFund, and Media Sponsor KUOW. The Bridge Project UW Dance Residency is a partnership of Velocity and the University of Washington Dance Department.


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