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Tonya Lockyer Public Talk and Lunch

  • ACCAD Motion Lab, Sullivant Hall 350 1813 North High Street Columbus, OH 43210 (map)


Arts leader, dancer, writer, and choreographer Tonya Lockyer will be in residency at ACCAD and OSU Dance May 15-19 working with Norah Zuniga Shaw and the Livable Futures team and giving a public lecture with lunch provided. Join us!

RSVP requested – please complete the form below.

Social Choreography

Can choreography change people’s lives? Can it inspire new cultural structures and ways of being in the world? And if so, how do we maximize its impact? Tonya Lockyer will share examples and discoveries from her work as a dance artist, performance curator and cultural producer to facilitate a conversation about how ways of knowing in dance and performance can be used to mobilize artists and audiences, inform civic and cultural dialogue, and inspire transformative experiences. 

About Tonya

Named “one of the key cultural change-makers in the Northwest” by The Seattle Times, Tonya Lockyer develops and facilitates transformative dialogue and cultural processes as a curator, cultural producer and social choreographer. Lockyer’s community-driven initiatives have mobilized 1000s of artists as advocates and curators, and activated an expansive range of civic and aesthetic dialogues. Lockyer strategically grows the impact and capacity of Dance through powerful public programs, partnerships, experiences, and narratives; by actuating new cultural spaces, catalyzing an artist incubator, and curating for major art fairs, venues, festivals, and public spaces. Her collaborators include internationally recognized artists such as Tere O’Connor, Ralph Lemon, Miguel Gutierrez, Pauline Oliveros, Danielle Agami. As director of Velocity (2011-2018) Lockyer oversaw the transformation of this community dance center into a national nexus for new dance and performance. Prior, she had an international performance career. Lockyer serves on funding review boards including National Dance Project (2013-16) and Creative Capital. She frequently publishes and is a guest speaker and lecturer on collaboration, choreographic culture, and socially engaged art. 

(Lockyer’s) by-the-numbers accomplishments are impressive ($2 million in direct and in-kind support to artists; growing Velocity’s audiences by 398 percent), but Lockyer will also be remembered for transforming Velocity into both a dance venue of national import and as an incubator for Seattle talent.
— Crosscut

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Earlier Event: May 15
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