Keep it Local and Experimental with Velocity’s “Made in Seattle,” October 9-11

Posted on October 07, 2015, 1:37 pm
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Velocity Dance Center is gearing up to challenge audiences yet again with this weekend’s Made in Seattle program, headlining world premieres by Anna Conner + Co and Babette DeLafayette + John Marc Powell. Velocity’s Made in Seattle program provides support to emerging Northwest artists, empowering them to collaborate, experiment and create a culturally relevant full-length dance piece to be performed at the end of their residency, all with the necessary financial support.

From October 9 to 11 at Velocity Founders Theatre, two experimental companies will take the stage. Anna Conner + Co’s premiere of Exercises for the unrested: the kingmaker follows a quintet of dancers on the precipice of falling into chaos, engaging with the ideas of instability, balance and interpersonal connection. Expect meditation, isolation, sweat and intensely visceral choreography from the cast, which includes Patrick Kilbane, Calie Swedberg, Alexander Pham, Hannah Simmons and Cait Wyler.

Choreographer and dancer Anna Connor. Photo by John Marc Powell.

Choreographer and dancer Anna Conner. Photo by John Marc Powell.

The second feature of this weekend’s program features Babette DeLafayette + John Marc Powell in their premiere of separated from the womb we became lions. The piece’s themes of the relationship between humanity and technology can be traced back to the two artists’ respective identities as choreographer and visual/music artist. With overwhelming performances branded as “saturated” and “sense-assaulting,” DeLafayette and Powell’s we became lions throws the human body into a prison of soundscapes and projections. The project’s all-star Seattle cast includes Jim Kent, Sean Rosado, Markeith Wiley, Marlys Yvonne and Elby Brosh.

This past weekend, we got a taste of some of the provocative effects and aesthetics of these performances at installations by these artists presented by Love City Love and in collaboration with The House of ia. (Check our Instagram for a taste.) What we saw there and at an early rehearsal with Powell and DeLafayette (AND their collaborative performance at the end of the 2015 Yellow Fish Durational Performance Festival) has us very intrigued about what’s to come.

 

Velocity Dance Center’s Made in Seattle: Anna Conner + Co / Babette DeLafayette + John Marc Powell

Where: Velocity Founders Theater (1621 12th Ave E, Capitol Hill)

When: October 9-11, 8 PM

Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door, with discounts available for students and seniors. Purchase tickets online.

Claire Biringer is a Seattle-based music lover, educator and writer. She holds an MA in Music History from University of Washington, where her primary research involved contemporary opera and its social implications. She enjoys using music and writing to build communities and broaden minds.