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Frequently Asked Questions

When and where is VelocityDC?
The 2017 festival will be held Friday, October 6 and Saturday, October 7, 2017 at the Shakespeare Theatre Company’s Sidney Harman Hall (610 F Street, NW, Washington, D.C. 20004). Harman Stage performance times are as follows:

Fri, Oct 6 at 8pm*
Sat, Oct 7 at 2pm (family matinee)
Sat, Oct 7 at 8pm*
*The same program will be performed both evenings.

Can I apply with a piece OTHER than the one I’d like to present at the festival if I feel it is a solid representation of my work?
No. Your submission must be of the actual piece you’d like to perform at VelocityDC 2017 and should show the duration of the performance, not excerpts, UNLESS you intend to perform the excerpt as such. If submitting an excerpt for consideration it should be understood that the submission is the starting point and ending point of the intended festival performance.

I have an older recording of my submission piece that includes company members no longer affiliated with my company. Is it still ok to submit this recording?
We ask that the recording you choose to submit most closely resembles the piece as it would be performed at the VelocityDC festival in October. Should you end up submitting a recording with members you know would not be able to perform in October please make note of this in your application and indicate who will dance those roles.

How will the participants be decided?
Panelist will review every submission based on artistic merit, creativity/innovation and capacity. A quantitative matrix rating system (previously developed in partnership with Dance Metro DC) will be used to inform a qualitative dialogue among panelists who are charged to make thoughtful artist selections in line with the goals of the VelocityDC festival.

Do I have to be available to perform at all the shows?
Yes, for all performances to which you apply. The 2017 Festival will have only one program, so performers selected to participate in Harman Stage and Site-Specific performances will perform both nights. Family Matinee performers dance once, as there is only one performance.

Who is presenting this event?
VelocityDC is a joint effort by the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities, Shakespeare Theatre Company, and Washington Performing Arts.

Who is on the Curatorial Advisory Panel?
The panel is made up of professionals from the performing arts community in Washington, DC.

How much is the honorarium?
The guide for this year is as follows (based on 6-8 unique artists/companies at Harman Hall performances, site-specific works, and the Family Matinee). Fees listed are a one-time payment, not a per-performance payment.

Harman Stage Honorarium Guide 
Solo: $650
Duet: $800
Trio: $950
Group: $1,150
Thread: $600 / $900
Musicians: $200 (in addition to the above listed fee)

Site-Specific Honorarium Guide (based on average 30 minute performance)
Solo site-specific: $900
Group site-specific: $1,350

Family Matinee Honorarium Guide 
Solo or Student Group: $125
Duet or Trio: $175
Group: $200

What does it mean to be a Thread artist?
Threads typically happen in front of the main curtain on the thrust of the stage between pieces. Only one thread is chosen for the festival and will perform both nights. Instead of having one featured performance, Threads usually have 2-4 opportunities to engage with the audience throughout the evening. Artists chosen as Threads are done so for their ability to engage the audience and typically have few or no stage requirements.

I’d like to submit a piece with projections. Is this permitted?
We will make every effort to accommodate submissions with a front-projection component. No rear projections. Please indicate on your application that your submission has a projection component as well as whether or not it can be performed without the projection.

How much time will I have to rehearse?
Most performers receive 30 minutes on stage/in the space to rehearse. The more technical information you can provide ahead of time, the better. We will have a lighting designer, an assistant lighting designer, a stage manager, and an assistant stage manager plus stage hands available for all Harman Stage, Family Matinee, and Thread performances. Site-specific performances will have someone to run sound.

Who do I contact if I have other questions?
Contact Rachael Patton at