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Velocity’s MASTER CLASS SERIES + WORKSHOPS provide the perfect opportunity to learn from and share experiences with leading dance artists from around the globe. Master classes + workshops — ranging from technique, improvisation, creative process and somatics — take place year-round, and bring internationally renowned artists to Velocity through partnerships with UW Meany Hall, Seattle Theatre Group, On the Boards and Cornish College for the Arts.

Past Master Classes + workshops have included: Mark Haim + Jesse Zaritt, Heidi Henderson, Tere O’Connor (NYC), Kyle Abraham (NYC), Ariel Freedman + Danielle Agami (Gaga USA), Andrew de Lotbinière Harwood (Canada), the Merce Cunningham Dance Company (NYC), Kidd Pivot (Canada/Germany), Mark Morris Dance Group (NYC), Chunky Move (AUS), Miguel Gutierrez (NYC), Keith Hennessy (SF), Kathleen Hermesdorf (SF), K.J. Holmes (NYC), Liz Santoro (NYC), Joy Davis (Countertechnique), Gregory Maqoma (South Africa), and many others.

Upcoming MASTER CLASSES + WORKSHOPS

SEPT 5-26 / MASTERCLASS SERIES: DAKOTA CAMACHO

OCT 24-DEC 19 / MASTERCLASS SERIES: NEVE KAMILAH MAZIQUE-BIANCO

WORKSHOP SERIES

Information on Fall 2019 workshops will be up September 12!


 

MASTERCLASS SERIES

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MASTERCLASS SERIES: DAKOTA CAMACHO
Matao Movement Laboratory
THURS SEPT 5, 12, 19, 26 / 6-8PM
Velocity 1621 12th Ave
*PLEASE NOTE: All classes will take place in Kawasaki, EXCEPT class on SEPT 19, which will take place in Founders.
 
Dakota Camacho dedicates yo’-ña creative practice to the re-k/newal of ancestral knowing and the expression of Matao creativity. MALI’E, Camacho’s current work, is a performance research project re-k/newing the traditional Matao practice of embodied, improvisatory, collective, singing where oral history and prophecy converge.
 
Matao Movement Laboratory creates a space for embodied exploration of our relationships with ourselves, our ancestors, our land.
 
Engaging Matao (CHamoru) movement, song, language, ritual practices and practices learned along the journey to re-k/new them create an experience in which participants develop strategies for activating inafa’maolek (balance/harmony with all of creation).
 
ABOUT THE ARTIST:
Pronouns: Guiya / Yo’-ña (possessive)
 
DAKOTA CAMACHO grounds yo’-ña creativity in ancestral life ways. Born and raised in Coast Salish Territory, Camacho’s work weaves knowing from both bloodlines and the diverse lineages that inform yo’-ña indigenizing journey.
 
Camacho’s work spans the realms of ritual activation, performance art, music, installation, contemporary indigenous movement, and cultural responsibility.
 
Personal genealogical research has led to Camacho to founding GUMA’ MATAO – a creative practice research vessel reclaiming embodied indigenous knowing.
 
The work aims to proliferate inafa’maolek — unifying human consciousness with the natural world, restoring balance with the elements, and living with life force.
PHOTO – Naomi Ishisaka at On the Boards for Performance Lab December 2018

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MASTERCLASS SERIES: NEVE KAMILAH MAZIQUE-BIANCO
Dance in the Deep End
THURS OCT 24 + 31, NOV 14, DEC 19 / 8-9:30PM
Velocity 1621 12th Ave

DESCRIPTION

Dance in the Deep End is the latest iteration of NEVE’s Mazique Technique masterclass series. Over the course of four classes, participants new and veteran alike will be exposed to NEVE’s unique brand of Black, queer, punk, access-centered contemporary, learning a challenging contemporary sequence, exciting and strange prompts for improvisation, and innovative methods for choreographing in a deep, complex, access-centered way.Prior movement experience recommended but not required. Choreographers and dancers with little experience teaching accessibly should make a point of attending! All mobilities, capacities, styles, and flavors welcome. Attendance of the full series is encouraged. Please email NEVE is you have questions around accessibility, including cost.

ABOUT THE ARTIST:

Neve Kamilah Mazique-Bianco, CPT (NEVE) grew up in the part of rural, small-town Jersey Imogen Binnie aptly says, “seems never to get shown on TV”. They claim among their ancestors, Edward C Mazique, the physician to the Civil Rights Movement, and Margery Williams Bianco, the author of The Velveteen Rabbit. They received their BA in Liberal Arts from Hampshire College, their Certification in Personal Training from the National Academy of Sports Medicine, and were of the 2018 cohort of the Intiman Theatre Emerging Artist Program. They have been creating, producing, and performing in punk musical dance-theatre in New York, Massachusetts, California, Texas, Louisiana, and Washington since 2013.  A published author, NEVE’s work has appeared in the anthology Coming Out Like a Porn Star edited by Jiz Lee, Everyday Feminism, Harlot Magazine (now dissolved), Plenitude Magazine, ModelViewCulture, and The Black Scholar, among others. Since moving from Oakland to Seattle in 2016, NEVE has written, choreographed, composed, collaboratively produced, and starred in two full-length dance-theatre musicals, Bet Ya UnGodly Things and Lover of Low Creatures. She teaches master classes in shis integrated contemporary technique at Velocity Dance Center, volunteers at the Pacific Science Center, and runs an accessible event & experience consulting company, Lover of Low Creatures, LLC. They are married to their loving partner, Tony, and to their community, are a scrappy and enthusiastic gardener, an animal lover, a tea maker, a great neighbor, ally, and friend. NEVE identifies as mixed Black/Indigenous Sudanese, Scottish/white, biqueer, nonbinary, a trash femme, disabled/cripped, a country punk, and a Jersey girl. You should never mess with them but you can always fucks with them.

PHOTO – Mengwen Cao

CI FUNDAMENTALS SERIES

CI FUNDAMENTALS SERIES

SUNS 12:30PM–2PM
Velocity 1621 12th Ave
Drop-in $15/$12 Friend-MVP
Buy a full class series for just $60 for 6 weeks ($10/class)

Come dance Contact Improvisation! Whether brand new and curious about the form, or an old hand looking to deepen or broaden your practice, this series is for you! Take multiple sessions to get a diverse and complementary set of perspectives. Or, come to the one that works with your schedule: each session can stand on its own. You’ll leave with material to explore in the movement jam that follows and richer sense of the principles and possibilities in Contact Improvisation.

CI FUNDAMENTALS FOR SPRING 2019 HAS FINISHED AND WILL RESUME IN THE FALL. THE NEW SCHEDULE WILL BE ANNOUNCED IN MID-SEPTEMBER 2019. 

CREATIVE / PROCESS

CREATIVE / PROCESS classes and workshops are taught by leading movement practitioners and reflect current developments in the field of contemporary dance. Each series takes a multi-faceted investigative approach that may include research in somatics, performance, performance-making, writing for dance, design for performance, voice and movement, improvisation, movement generation and theory. Each class is unique based on the research of each artist, see lab descriptions.

 

FALL 2019 / WINTER 2020 C/P SERIES WILL BE ANNOUNCED IN MID-TO-LATE SEPT 2019. STAY TUNED!


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