JULY 16 – AUGUST 13, 2023
SEATTLE FESTIVAL OF DANCE + IMPROVISATION
PERFORMANCE – RESEARCH – DROP-IN
The Seattle Festival of Dance + Improvisation is a vibrant month-long immersion in the Seattle dance community, and a chance to explore with dance practitioners experimenting at the leading edge of dance technique, creative practices, and dance improvisation. Grounded in SFDI’s nearly 30 years of community-building and intergenerational collaboration, this festival is a gateway for new dancers to connect with artists making work in the Seattle dance and improvisation community, and a chance for Seattle-based artists to train and research with internationally renowned artists.
JUL 16 – AUG 5
The Performance Cohorts are immersive summer dance intensives where participants take dance class and are in rehearsal with faculty from around the nation. All cohorts (Professional, Intermediate, Beginner, and Youth) will spend three weeks working toward a live performance at the Erickson Theater at the beginning of August.
AUG 6 – 13
The RESEARCH Week is a full week of intensives, workshops, and events with national-level art makers and choreographers, centering improvisational dance practice and movement research.
JUL 16 – AUG 13
Professional + Intermediate PERFORMANCE Cohort classes as well as RESEARCH Week classes and workshops will be open for DROP-INs. These classes and workshops will be for sale on June 20, 2023.
“I CANNOT OVERSTATE THE IMPORTANCE OF VELOCITY IN THE DANCE ECOLOGY IN THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST AND THE NATION.”
– Jane Forde, National Dance Project
Velocity is Seattle’s center dedicated to contemporary dance, and an essential incubator for new dance in our region. With artist-driven, community-responsive programming, Velocity provides vital resources and advocacy for one of the most active dance communities in the nation. Velocity’s programming includes classes, workshops, residencies, performances, discussions, and two annual international festivals.
The Seattle Festival of Dance + Improvisation is made possible with generous support from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Seattle Office of Arts and Culture, and the King County Festival and Events Fund. It is also supported by our community of individual donors, community partners, and arts advocates.
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