// Next Fest NW: Disruption //

experimental dance / performance / dance cinema / exchange

DEC 1-3, 2017 / 7:30PM
Velocity 1621 12th Ave
$20 ($25 at the door) / $17 MVP / $15 under 25 (w/ ID) / $50 Patron

SAT DEC 2, 2017 / 5PM-6:30PM
1621 12th Ave
FREE + open to all

MON DEC 4, 2017 / 7PM + 8:30PM
Velocity at Northwest Film Forum 1515 12th Ave
$10 (one screening) / $15 (both screenings)

FILM STILL DYBBUK (Director of Photography, Michilu Gargiulo)

Disruption. People love to talk about it, but what does it really mean to be disruptive in these times? Next Fest NW 2017: Disruption showcases Northwest innovators in contemporary dance and dance cinema.

Don’t miss a weekend of exciting new performances from Michael “Majinn” O’Neal Jr. and Angel “Moonyeka” Alviar, Taryn McGovern, Sarah Hogland, Alicia Mullikin, Sean Rosado, Seth Sexton, and Alisa Popova. Jordan Macintosh-Hougham is the Next 2017 writer-in-residence.

The following Monday, join us for Next Dance Cinema, a single night, double screening of local and inter/national dance films. Next Dance Cinema screens work by artists exploring the potential between dance and film, and offers audiences insight into the cutting-edge possibilities of dance on screen.

PHOTOfilm still from Seth Sexton’s DYBBUKDirector of Photography,  Michilu Gargiulo


Disruption, people love to talk about it, but what does it really mean to be disruptive in these times?  Recently an engineer asked me if we had the equivalent of ‘disruption’ in dance. I described a 24-hour improvisation I performed while blindfolded and ear-plugged in response to the Iraq War. I described how contact improvisation changed dance. How even earlier than that Paul Taylor simply stood still on stage for four minutes and received a blank page as a review. More recently, Boris Charmatz took over MOMA with Musee de la Danse to protest the appropriation of dance by the art-industrial-complex. We live in a time of political disruption, or a deep yearning for it.  What alternative do you envision and want to manifest? What do you want to interrupt or change? Collaborations with artists and thinkers from all disciplines are welcome.—TL

2017 Curators: Syniva Whitney, Babette DeLafayette, Kim Lusk, and Tonya Lockyer



Angel “Moonyeka” Alviar is a sick and disabled queer Filipinx femme street-styles dancer who utilizes art creation and organizing to realize a more inclusive and intersectional world for the communities she comes from. Her current projects include WHAT’S POPPIN’ LADIEZ?! an ethnographic research project and community event series focus centering womxn in popping and BASTOS ( meaning “rude” or “disrespectful”)—an archipelago of experiences exploring Filipinx diaspora, ancestral memory, and kapwa. Moonyeka participates in local and national dance battle competitions and exhibitions; when not battling, Angel coaches REMIX, a young brown girl competition team. / Photo by Andrew Imanaka

Instagram: @m00nyeka @whatspoppinladiez


nfnw_2017_sarah-hoglandSarah Rae Hogland (Seattle) is a Chicana movement artist from Albuquerque, New Mexico. She has worked with Lawine Torrèn Dance Theatre in Sölden, Austria and Seattle artists Pat Graney, Alice Gosti and Jody Kuehner, in addition to creating her own solo work. Sarah is also a teaching artist with Spectrum Dance Theater and works as a youth counselor for refugee Latino youth. Her cultural work and artistic practices deeply inform one another and reveal creative movement as a powerful resource for navigating our inner landscapes and external worlds through embodied experience. Sarah plans to move to Ecuador in May 2018 to help develop movement and arts programming for youth empowerment and education. / Photo by Nikolai Gonzales
Instagram: @sarahraegurule 



Taryn McGovern was born in the New Hampshire forest and raised on oxygen and imagination. In 2013 she completed a joint degree in modern dance from Barnard College and the Danish National School for the Performing Arts. After dancing, teaching, and exploring her way through time and geography, she is now delighted to call the Pacific Northwest home. Taryn dreams of being the first artist-in-residence in space.






nfnw_2017_alicia-mullikinAlicia Mullikin is a Chicana choreographer, dancer and teaching artist whose work is linked to her experiences as a Mexican-American woman. Alicia believes that art and social change are deeply connected and aid in the development of active thinkers through her teaching. In doing so, she hopes it leads to individual empowerment and global awareness. She is currently on staff at Seattle Academy of the Arts and Sciences, eXit SPACE School of Dance, and Bainbridge Ballet. She is honored to be an eXit SPACE artist in residence for the 2017/18 season and to be supported by On The Boards in a special segment of Open Studio, curated by Dani Tirrell. / Photo by Joseph Lambert
Vimeo: vimeo.com/AliciaMullikin
Instagram: @alicia.mullikin



Michael “Majinn” O’Neal Jr. is an African American professional dance artist and teacher who utilizes his training in both street and classical dance styles to find and express his whole self. Michael believes that to be the best dancer and person he can be he should be versatile and push his own comfort zone. Through dance Michael has grown to become a dancer and teacher who loves to see his students growth as well as grow with his students. One of Michael’s biggest goals in dance is to build a stronger community between the classical and street dance worlds. / Photo by Alisha Nakamura

Youtube: youtube.com/Choreomike
Instagram: @Majinn_mike



Alisa Popova is currently inspired and driven by the infinite depths of the human inner world, and influenced by her dedication to uncovering layers of the Self; is Russian and grew up in post-soviet Ukraine; got her BA with a major in dance at UW; has discovered that art is how she heals and processes; and often feels like art just “happens” to her, kind of like puking. / Photo by Tim Summers

Website: artneverstops.weebly.com





Sean Rosado is a native of Texas and a graduate of Cornish College of the Arts where he received his BFA in Dance. He is currently dancing for Babette DeLafayette and Kate Wallich + The YC2. Sean is also currently in the process of rediscovering what it means to be human, without the need for comprehending the past to acknowledge the present. / Photo by Devin Marie Munoz

Instagram: @sadgrlcrycry @seanybabyboy





nfnw_2017_sethsextonSeth Sexton is a Seattle-based multimedia artist whose current work emphasizes large-scale painting choreographies. He was raised on a farm in Chimacum, Washington. He attended the University of Washington and received a BFA in painting in 2003. Having returned to Contemporary Dance practices in 2013, he continues to incorporate the rituals and patterns of agrarian society with visual and performing arts. He has showcased his collaborative multimedia choreographies at Seattle-based institutions such as Velocity Dance Center, On the Boards, Jack Straw New Media Gallery, Soil Gallery, Bumbershoot, and others. / Pictured: film still from DYBBUKDirector of Photography,  Michilu Gargiulo

Website: sethsexton.com
Instagram: @sethpsexton



Velocity presents Next Dance Cinema in partnership with Northwest Film Forum. Founded by Velocity in 2006, Next Dance Cinema offers dance lovers and film-lovers alike insight into how contemporary dance continues to expand the possibilities of the screen.


Next Dance Cinema accepts submissions from NW artists and filmmakers around the globe. Artists are invited to submit innovative works of screen dance that reflect the body in motion or dance-based performance. Next Dance Cinema is part of Next Fest NW, Velocity’s annual new works series celebrating what’s happening in contemporary dance performance and cinema. Selected works will be screened at Northwest Film Forum.


READ STANCE article “This is a Call to Action” by NFNW 2017 Writer-in-Residence Jordan Macintosh-Hougham

READ STANCE article “In Response – Next Fest NW 2017″ Disruption” by NFNW 2017 Writer-in-Residence Jordan Macintosh-Hougham

“The piece is abstract, but they experience a radical kind of empathy. They see the place the maker is holding for them, the thought the maker put into the audience’s experience. It’s personal for them now, and they know that the personal is political.”


 The work of Michael O’Neal Jr. (Majinn) and Angel Alviar-Langley (aka “Moonyeka”) work explores femininity, survivorship, mental health, trust, being POC, and being their full selves and what that means to them. O’Neal is a professional dance artist and teacher trained in both street and classical dance styles; Alviar-Langley is a queer Flipinx femme street-styles dancer who works to realize a more inclusive and intersectional world for the communities she comes from.

Seth Sexton’s DYBBUK is a ghost-like love story of longing and loss that started as a loose reinterpretation of the original play with the same name by autor S. Ansky. Sexton’s deep interest in the intersection of movement and visual art making transformed the original narrative of DYBBUK into a non-linear mixed-media choreographic painting.

Currently an artist in residence at Studio Current, Taryn McGovern has crafted an innovative work that juxtaposes the wild and fickle natural world against the severity of the black box. McGovern aims to incorporate humor and reverence equally.

For Alisa Popova’s new work an unnecessary procession, she first created the costumes/creatures with their different character and features, and then explored the movement available to them and moods they might portray.

Chicago movement artist Sarah Rae Hogland’s Su Alma : como el agua is a solo work combining element of movement, poetry, and ritual to explore themes of family, disconnect, and the driving desire to belong. Much of the content is inspired by intimate interviews that Hogland has documented with family members, mostly whom were absent during her childhood.

Chicana choreographer, dancer, and teaching artist Alicia Mullikin’s work “exposes dancers of different backgrounds who are underrepresented in the medium” (City Arts). Her pieces usually feature bottom-heavy dance phrases, spacious momentum-driven phrases, and partner work.

 Sean Rosado’s work 69 Party Girl Salute is a small glimpse into his world of self-deprecation and glitter.

About the Program

Next Fest NW is Velocity’s new works series celebrating what’s happening in contemporary dance, movement-based performance and dance cinema in the region. Next Fest NW was established to support new work and investigate different approaches to dance. Through Next Fest NW, Velocity aims to foster a robust community where artists have access to facilities, support and creative exchange. Proposals for installations, performances, live art and other formats welcome.

Each Next Fest NW presents four to seven artists or collaborative teams, selected through a curated application process, for three public performances. Next Fest NW artists are fully produced at Velocity; receive an artist fee and up to 20 hours of free studio time; and benefit from artistic, promotional, and technical support.

Find out how to support these pieces through the New Dance Initiative.

Velocity presents Next Dance Cinema 2017 in partnership with Northwest Film Forum.

Northwest Film Forum