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Recent Grad Boehlke Brings It For Velocity Challenge

Another Cornish grad on a fast track, Renee Boehlke, fresh from receiving her BFA in Dance, wins a Velocity Bridge Project Creative Residency. Projects begin Thursday, January 26.

Well, that didn’t take long. Renee Boehlke ’16 graduated in May. With the ink barely dry on her bachelor’s degree, she was selected as one of only four choreographers to be awarded the competitive Bridge Project creative residency at Velocity Dance Center. Velocity’s project is an artistic high-wire act: four choreographers are challenged with creating new works and given just four weeks to pull it off. From there it’s straight to the public stage. The Stranger says that “The Bridge Project is one of Velocity’s great gifts to the city.” The Bridge Project plays from Thursday, January 26 through Sunday, January 29 at Velocity on Capitol Hill.

Boehlke is not the only artist to slingshot out of Cornish and onto the Seattle stage. “I am working with a small cast of Seattle dancers and Cornish collaborators,” said Boehlke. “We will have live original music by Sierra Glessner '16 and costumes by Eva Zertuche, who previously studied at Cornish.”

Boehlke graduated with a BFA in Dance cum laude from Cornish College of the Arts in 2016 and also studied and interned at American Dance Festival. Additional current projects include videography for Cornish dance concerts and assisting Jessica Jobaris with the production of A Great Hunger. As a choreographer and director, Boehlke's live works have been presented at diverse venues in Seattle, and her films have been screened in the US, Mexico, and Romania. In 2017 she also was awarded a self-directed artist residency at Grünewald Guild.

Boehlke’s dancers for her Bridge Project are Emily Curtiss, Jordan MacIntosh-Hougham, and Serra Shelton. Glessner performs on violin during the piece. 

“My piece is called Sunken Cities. It imagines a world of layered, malleable perception and reality, explores themes like cycles of discovery and destruction and the potency of the unfinished and abandoned, and reveals my cloudlike, richly detailed movement style,” said Boehlke.

Other Bridge Project choreographers this year are Liz Houlton, Laura Aschoff, and Esra Cömert-Morishige.Cornish graduates Abigail Zimmerman ’15 and Marcella Sweeney ’16 are performing in other works in the show.

Given that Cornish dance students also use the Velocity space for many classes, Boehlke is hoping for a good turnout of the Cornish community. TICKET INFO.