Mother for you I made this
MAY 6-19 / 7pm Daily
TICKETS $18 / $12 students + seniors

LOCATION: 800 block of Stewart Street, across the street from the Greyhound station. (View on Google map

Tickets are no longer available. Velocity is collaborating with Ezra Dickinson to bring this performance on a national tour. To join us in supporting this project and for more information please contact Executive/Artistic Director Tonya Lockyer at tonya@velocitydancecenter.org.


Photo Tim Summers

“There are some dancers you want to watch, no matter what they’re doing, and Dickinson is one.” – Seattle Weekly  

Part performance and part activism, Ezra Dickinson‘s Mother for you I made this is aimed at activating a conversation about the failed mental health care system in America through memories of Dickinson’s childhood as he lived with and unknowingly cared for his schizophrenic mother. Dickinson’s hour-long solo is built from a series of performances he made as gifts for his mother over a seven year period.

Audiences are guided through forgotten public spaces by ushers and given a personal audio tour weaving conversations between Dickinson and his mother with sounds from the actual landscape.


LIFE+ART: Living with the mentally ill
APR 14 / 2PM

Velocity Steward Studio 1621 12th Ave

Ezra Dickinson shares his experience creating solos as gifts for his schizophrenic mother and invites an open community conversation about mental health care and how it impacts our families and society. In conjunction with his upcoming Velocity Made in Seattle premiere Mother for you I made this, MAY 6-19.


MAR 13 / 12-1PM
Velocity Steward Studio 1621 12th Ave

An interactive opportunity with Ezra where he will show a work in process and share some of his ideas, followed by a facilitated feedback session and discussion. A unique sneak peek two months before the world premiere of Mother for you I made this and participate in the final stages of the development of this new work.


Ezra Dickinson began dancing at the age of four, going on to study at Pacific Northwest Ballet for twelve years on full scholarship. Ezra earned his BFA in Dance with an emphasis in choreography from Cornish College of The Arts. While at Cornish, Ezra was the recipient of The Merce Cunningham Scholarship, The Kreielshimer Scholarship, and The President’s Scholarship in Dance. Ezra’s work in choreography and movement installations have been on display at On the Boards’ Northwest New Works Festival, ACT Theater, Moore Inside Out, Heathrow Airport, Henry Art Gallery, 911 media arts center, Velocity’s Next Fest Northwest, Zocalo Mexico City, Spectrum Dance Theater, and The Northwest Film Forum as well as many others. Along with being co-artistic director of The Offshore Project and Actually Really, Ezra is also a member of The Maureen Whiting Company. Recently Ezra has been collaborating with composers to create micro-compositions for a collection of short stop-motion animations. Ezra is also currently working on a multimedia performance using motion censor technology blending mural painting with performance. ezradickinson.com

WATCH Interview — KOMO4 NEWS with Jaime LynnMay 16, 2013

LISTEN Interview — Ezra Dickinson LIVE on the KUOW Weekday Show with Marcie Sillman, May 2, 2013

WATCH Interview  — ArtZone with Nancy Guppy, Seattle Channel, May 3, 2013

WATCH Interview  — Seattle Dance Star Ezra Dickinson, New Day NW, King 5, April 9, 2013

READ Speakeasy Response — Ezra Dickinson on LIFE+ART: Living with the mentally ill Speakeasy Conversation — STANCE, May 2, 2013

LISTEN Interview — In “Mother for you I made this”, A Seattle Dancer Finds a Stage in the Streets, Kiro Radio, Rachel Belle, May 15, 2013

READ Interview — A Fiendish Conversation with Ezra Dickinson, Seattle Met, May 6, 2013

READ Interview — Q&A with Ezra Dickinson, The Stranger A&P, March 6, 2013


SEE PHOTOS Photo Essay — “Ezra Dickinson Takes to the Streets with an Emotional Tribute to His Mother”, Nate Watters, CityArts, May 16, 2013

READ Review — No Two Performances Will Be Alike, Melody Datz, The Stranger, May 8, 2013

READ Review — Ezra Dickinson Triumph and Tribute, Rachel Gallaher, CityArts, May 9, 2013

READ Review — Haunting look at mental illness, laid bare on the streets, The Seattle Times, May 9, 2013

READ Review — Mother for you I made this: The Art of Changing How We Talk About Mental Disorders, Eve Green, Seattle Star, May 16, 2013

READ Review — “Mother for you I made this”, Seattle Weekly, Sandra Kurtz, May 14, 2013

READ Review — Ezra Dickinson Quietly Provokes, SeattleDances, Karena Birk, May 9, 2013

READ Preview — The Stranger Suggests, May 1, 2013

READ Preview — Top Things to See or Do in May, Seattle Met, May 2013

PDF — Press Release for Made In Seattle: Ezra Dickinson’s Mother for you I made this, March 7, 2013

Click here for a PDF with more detailed information about the production currently on tour (for presenters and press).


WATCH Video — Mother for you I made this (teaser)

WATCH Music video — Mother for you I made this (excerpt) by Doug Arney + Ezra Dickinson, Music by Corespondents (2013)

Are you a presenter interested in Mother for you I made this?
Email Communications Coordinator Leah Vendl to view the full performance. 

The world premiere of Ezra Dickinson’s Mother for you I made this was commissioned and produced through Velocity’s Made in Seattle Dance Development Program with support from 4Culture, ArtsFund, and the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture.