Cherdonna Shinatra, Patron Saint of Velocity

Performance with Velocity Dance Center with Cherdonna Shinatra

Friday, November 13, 2015
3:00 – 5:00 pm

Jody Kuehner will perform Cherdonna Shinatra, Patron Saint of Velocity—an early manifestation of a performance to premiere in June 2016 as part of Velocity's 20th Anniversary season. This performance is part of a suite of queer, feminist dance performances by drag/dance bio-fem Cherdonna to be developed, in part, through Velocity's Made in Seattle new dance development program.

Cherdonna's "action painting" performance is an homage to the feminist performance tradition of the female body as canvas and political territory for social change, rebellion, and personal expansion. The performance combines vintage feminist ideals with present day queer drag vision.

Interwoven into the "action painting", Cherdonna Living is a performance practice taking Cherdonna, as art project, off the stage and into mundane situations, activating one-on-one encounters at the intersection of the persona and the person of Cherdonna and her impromptu partners. Drag, born out of nightlife, elicits social confusion in daylight. Cherdonna, meeting and greeting Frye patrons, will utilize movement as communication and the awkward but beautiful tension between expression and social etiquette.
—Velocity Dance Center

Audience members may come and go throughout the performance. This performance contains partial nudity.

About the Organization

Velocity is Seattle’s award-winning, premier art center dedicated to contemporary dance, fulfilling an un-duplicated role as the essential incubator and forward-thinking laboratory for new dance in the Pacific Northwest. Velocity is a “national nexus for dance” with artist-led classes and workshops every day, performances every week, three annual dance festivals, ongoing humanities programs that activate thoughtful conversations, and weekly community events. Home to hundreds of independent dance artists and renowned for producing innovative, cutting-edge work, Velocity has featured performances and master classes by art stars Tere O’Connor, Pat Graney, Reggie Watts, Miguel Guitierrez, Zoe Scofield, Anouk van Dijk, Danielle Agami/Ate9, Amy O’Neal, Keith Hennessey and more.


Photo: Eric Paguio