Ditch Please

Panel with Samie Detzer, Jody Kuehner, Fox Whitney, Markeith Wiley

Wednesday, April 10, 2019
7:00 – 8:30 pm

Frye Auditorium

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In her exhibition DITCH, Cherdonna Shinatra sets herself the impossible task of making everyone happy. Blending modern dance, drag, and clowning, Cherdonna dissects what it means to move through this dumpster fire of a world with a smile on her face. She seems to have all the answers, but what happens when she can't make everyone happy? What happens when the state of the world feels too overwhelming? Is it better to end it all or find a way to persevere?

Join Cherdonna, aka Jody Kuehner, and special guests Samie Detzer, Artistic Director of Washington Ensemble Theatre, and multidisciplinary artist Markeith Wiley in a discussion moderated by Fox Whitney as they dig into the themes raised by DITCH, and what it means to continue to make art in a world plagued by constant crisis.

About the Presenters

Samie Detzer is a graduate of Cornish College of the Arts, and serves as Literary Manager at ACT Theatre and the Artistic Director of Washington Ensemble Theatre, though her friends just call her a HBIC. She is the co-creator of Six Pack Series; Seattle's Favorite Interdisciplinary Art Freak Show, a co-curator of ReSet and the Gush Series both at WET, and as a an actor and a writer Samie has performed all over Seattle in a variety of venues and organizations. #shoutyourabortion

Jody Kuehner is a 2017 Artist Trust Fellowship recipient, 2017 Henry Art Gallery Artist in Residence, 2017 CityArts Artist of the year, 2015 Stranger Genius Award winner, Velocity Dance Center’s 2014 Artist in Residence, and 2010 Spotlight Award winner. She was recently awarded funding by the New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Dance Project for one great, bright, brittle alltogetherness. Kuehner was Dayna Hanson’s Production Coordinator and Assistant Director 2010–2015 for various projects. She danced with Pat Graney company from 2007–2016 and also assisted Graney’s KTF Prison Project. As Cherdonna, she performs with the award-winning international sensations Kitten N’ Lou and is a member of The Atomic Bombshells.

Fox Whitney is an artist creating performative experiences that combine theater, dance and visual art. Fox’s queer, multiracial non-binary point of view is at the heart of their performance project, Gender Tender, for which Fox creates experiences that investigate the nature of queer and transgender personal relationships and histories as well as the surreal nature of transformation, trauma, and healing. Gender Tender engages a team of artists trained in Fox’s unique methods modeled on the structures of sports teams, sitcoms and riots. Technical and conceptual focus combine to engage performers and audience in the dance of intellect, embodiment and radical compassion.
Fox Whitney was awarded the 2018 Artist in Residence position at Velocity Dance Center. Their performance work has been commissioned and produced by On the Board’s NW New Works Festival and Solo Festival; Velocity’s Next Fest NW and Seattle Festival of Dance Improvisation; the Seattle International Dance Festival; Yellow Fish Epic Durational Performance Festival and was selected for the inaugural season of Seattle’s Gay City Arts. Their performance work has also been presented in Minneapolis/St. Paul, Portland OR, Chicago and San Francisco. They have an MFA in Fiber and Material Studies from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and have exhibited their visual art and had their short films screened nationally most recently at CounterPulse in San Francisco celebrating the opening of the Compton Transgender District. Their current project MELTED RIOT, a queer meditation inspired by the Stonewall Riots of 1969, happens June 28-29, 2019 at Velocity.

Markeith Wiley is a Seattle-based multidisciplinary artist, choreographer, and arts educator whose vast movement vocabulary spans dance, sound, theater, and beyond. Wiley serves as the managing artistic director at Studio Current, and frequently choreographs with Seattle Children's Theater and 5th Avenue Theater. He has performed or collaborated with Keith Henessesy, Kitten n' Lou, The Dance Cartel, Lingo, The Grief Girls, Mother Tongue, Erik Blood, Forward Flux, Natasha Marin, Tyisha Nedd, and many more. Wiley hosts a DJ event at Vermillion Art Gallery and Bar with fellow music enthusiast Alice Gosti, and a monthly performance party at Studio Current called SC Sessions. Wiley was a member of the 2014 CityArts Future List and the cover of the magazine in 2016.

Photo: Jenny May Peterson


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  • Standby vouchers will be issued on a first-come-first-served basis starting 1 hour prior to program and redeemed on a space-available basis 10 minutes prior to the program.
  • All unclaimed tickets (regardless of reservations) will be released to standby 10 minutes before the program.