Theater Velocity (Finally) Signs a Lease
posted by September 16 at 14:46 PMon
Back in May, when Capitol Hill Arts Center left (or was kicked out of) the little brick building on 12th Avenue, some of us hoped that Velocity (which was getting kicked out of its Odd Fellows home by developer Ted Schroth) would move in.
It’s finally official: Velocity is moving into the building formerly known as CHAC. Classes and performances begin Jan 1, 2009.
From Velocity top gun Kara O’Toole (whose 8-year-old son, incidentally, was dubbed “the Ideal Audience Member” by The Stranger back in 2006):
Velocity will be conducting a capital campaign to fund the build-out of its new home, for which it signed a 10-year lease (with a 5-year renewal option). Architect Colin Walker of nbbj is working with Velocity on a pro bono basis, and has created a space plan that includes two dance studios, one 100-seat theater and studio, as well as an office, storage, and lobby space for Velocity’s new facilities.
Velocity, which won the first-ever Stranger Genius Award for organization, will have a fuck-you-and-goodbye performance in their Odd Fellows theater next weekend. The old Velocity favorites will be there: KT Niehoff (cofounder of Velocity), Molly Scott, Dayna Hanson, Amy O’Neal and locust, and Mark Haim.
We should all be very, very happy that Velocity—which has fostered Seattle’s best dancers and choreographers—has found a place to be.