Black Collectivity: A Practice of Return @ Velocity Dance Center (Seattle – Capitol Hill)

April 6, 2023 @ 6:00 pm

A Practice of Return is a celebratory archival practice conceptualized by the Black Collectivity Project. Through a series of offerings including workshops, film screenings, and performances, A Practice of Return weaves together embodied knowledge and research in pursuit of ‘return,’ a practice of looking back to see where you are. This programming is the result of a year-long research collaboration inspired by the ongoing legacy of Black dance artists in Seattle beginning with Syvilla Fort.

A Practice of Return will take place over the course of two weekends. Weekend 1 includes workshops and film screenings highlighting dance, storytelling, and the transmission of memory (individual and collective). Weekend 2 consists of three days of performances responding to Syvilla Fort’s 1940 solo concert originally presented at the Seattle Repertory Playhouse (now Jones Playhouse). Although few records of the original performance exist, dance allows us to access and imagine what was and what could be.

Black Collectivity is a collaborative project developed by Nia-Amina Minor, David Rue, marco farroni, and Akoiya Harris through the Made in Seattle Artist Residency Program at Velocity Dance Center.

Additional Collaborators: Jiamond Elizabeth (Performer), Chari Glogovac-Smith (Sound Design), Le’Ecia Farmer (costumes/set design), Brea Wilson (projection).

Location: 12th Avenue Arts

Tickets $22.50-$54.50 (sliding scale available for all) here.