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SEATTLE FESTIVAL OF DANCE IMPROVISATION (SFDI) 2015
22nd ANNUAL SFDI / JULY 26 – AUG 3
“SFDI is the leading convening of practitioners in dance improvisation in the United States.”
— JOHN JASPERSE, FACULTY
“Such an amazing festival and amazing experience. I cannot wait to take everything I discovered and use it in my own practice.”
– 2014 SFDI PARTICIPANT
“If you love to improvise, Velocity Dance Center in Seattle is the place to be . . . “
— DANCE MAGAZINE
The international Seattle Festival of Dance Improvisation (SFDI) is a world-renowned festival that provides the perfect opportunity to learn and share experiences with some of the most highly regarded artists working in the field of dance today. SFDI is a week of intensives, classes, jams, somatic labs, site-specific workshops, performances and discussions focused on fostering the study and practice of dance improvisation.
solo/group improvisation + contact improvisation + somatics + alexander technique + contemplative dance practice + site-specific dance + composition + performance
INTENSIVES // Ralph Lemon / Andrew de Lotbinère Harwood / Jennifer Monson / Joy Davis / Jimena Paz / Ronja Ver
CLASSES + PERFORMANCES // Onye Ozuzu / Karen Nelson / Cathy Madden / Scott Davis / John Dixon / Katherine Cook / Nóra Hajós / Ralph Lemon/ Jennifer Monson / Joy Davis / Andrew de Lotbinière Harwood / Jimena Paz / Ronja Ver / Dani Tirrell / Sarah Gamblin / Michal Lahav / Jessica Jobaris/ Matt Drews / Corrie Befort
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REGISTER FOR ENTIRE SFDI 2015 FESTIVAL PACKAGE
Sign up for your choice of Morning, Mid-day and Afternoon Intensives with Andrew de Lotbinère Harwood, Ralph Lemon, Joy Davis, Jennifer Monson or Jimena Paz. Includes unlimited drop-ins, performances and jams.
> Entire SFDI 2015 Festival Package Fee: $475*
REGISTER FOR INDIVIDUAL INTENSIVES
Sign up for an individual 5-day, 4-day or 3-day intensive without unlimited drop-ins. Includes performances and jams.
> Morning Somatic Intensive Fee: $175*
> Morning Site-Specific Intensive Fee: $300*
> Mid-day Intensive Fee: $350*
> Afternoon Beginning Contact Improvisation Intensive Fee: $110*
REGISTER FOR UNLIMITED DROP-INS
Sign up for unlimited drop-in classes only. Includes performances and jams.
> Unlimited Drop-ins Fee: $200*
DROP IN TO INDIVIDUAL CLASSES + JAMS // No pre-registration required
> All drop-in classes 2 hours: $20 each
> All jams: $5 each
MAXIMIZE YOUR VELOCITY // Maximum Velocity is our world-class summer program bringing together Strictly Seattle and the international Seattle Festival of Dance Improvisation, July 5 – Aug 3, 2015. Register for Maximum Velocity (both Strictly Seattle + SFDI) and receive a 15% discount. Includes the Professional Advanced, Intermediate or Beginning Strictly Seattle Intensive and The Entire SFDI 2015 Festival Package.
> Maximum Velocity 2015 Fee:
Adv/Prof Track + SFDI: $1075*
Beg/Int Track + SFDI: $975*
PERFORMANCES + public events
Experience alternative ways of orienting our sense of place. This work builds concentration, resilience and adaptability and understands the dancing body as a highly specialized perceptual apparatus. From this, experimental choreographic possibilities emerge and persist. More info >>
SPEAKEASY SERIES: LIGHTNING TALKS
WEDS JULY 29 / 6-8:30PM
Velocity Founders Theater 1621 12th Ave
FREE + open to all
In this popular evening of performance, presentations, and community dialogue, Seattle Festival of Dance Improvisation (SFDI) intensive faculty share what’s currently driving their research and practice.
AMII LEGENDRE: DON’T BRING YOUR BODY
WEDS JULY 29 / 9pm
10degrees 1312 E Union St
FREE + open to SFDI Participants
A solo dance theatre work by Amii LeGendre (created with the support and guidance of KT Niehoff) that tells the stories of teaching dance to men in prison, acting in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest with them, and the underlying themes of motherhood, friendship, heteronormativity and the body.
SPEAKEASY SERIES: HISTORY OF CONTACT IMPROVISATION THROUGH THE BODY
THURS JULY 30 / 1:30PM
Velocity Founders Theater 1621 12th Ave
FREE + open to all
A lecture demonstration and conversation facilitated by Karen Nelson with Andrew de Lotbinère Harwood, Ronja Ver, Scott Davis + Katherine Cook.
DANCE INNOVATORS IN PERFORMANCE
THURS JULY 30 / 8PM
Broadway Performance Hall 1625 Broadway (Broadway + E Pine)
TICKETS $12 / $15 at the door (FREE WITH SFDI PASS)
A critical mass of exciting artists who have been dancing everywhere but in the mainstream. Featuring performances by Jennifer Monson / Rachael Lincoln / Amii Legendre / Karen Nelson / Katherine Cook / Dani Tirrell / Amy O’Neal / Matt Drews + MORE.
UNDERSCORE TALK WITH KATHERINE COOK
FRI JULY 31 / 5:30-6:30PM
Velocity Founders Studio 1621 12th Ave
If you’ve never attended an Underscore, be sure to attend this talk with Katherine Cook in the Founders Studio beforehand!
A long-form open improvisation structure for practicing and examining dance improvisation.
Experience Jennifer Monson’s process by participating in the last day of this site-specific intensive. Monson brings her award-winning methodology to investigate the rapidly changing urban ecology of Capitol Hill.
Performances by SFDI participants.
NEW THIS YEAR >>>
MON AUG 3 / 2-5:30PM
Velocity Founders Theater 1621 12th Ave
For SFDI faculty + participants only.
Join us for an afternoon dedicated to dialogue around the questions: “How inclusive is improvisation?” and “An environmentally responsible SFDI: What is the best way for SFDI to achieve climate-neutrality?”
The SFDI Open Forum is a partnership between Velocity and Contact Quarterly, a vehicle for moving ideas for 40 years.
NIGHTLY DANCE JAMS
Open movement jams welcome to all.
Velocity Founders Theater 1621 12th Ave or Century Ballroom 915 E Pine St
$5 at the door / FREE for SFDI Participants
Learn more about each Jam on the SFDI 2015 Jams page >>
2015 SFDI INTENSIVES
AWKWARDNESS, FAILURE AND REDEMPTION: ADVENTURES IN CONTACT IMPROVISATION
ANDREW DE LOTBINÈRE HARWOOD (CANADA) is a leading international teacher, performer, creator, deeply influential in the development of CI and instantaneous composition. Andrew studied extensively and performed with Steve Paxton, Nancy Stark Smith, Nita Little; danced for Marie Chouinard, Jean-Pierre Perreault; collaborated with Chris Aiken, Kirstie Simson, Ray Chung, Lisa Nelson, Benno Voorham, Benoît Lachambre, among others. He is the recipient of the Canada Council for the Arts’ Jacqueline-Lemieux Award.
THE PRACTICE OF FORM
RALPH LEMON (NYC) is a choreographer, conceptualist, director, writer,installation artist is renowned for intellectually rigorous and experimental performances as socially and politically resonant as they are personal, including How Can You Stay in the House All Day and Not Go Anywhere? (2010); a commission for the Lyon Opera Ballet, Rescuing the Princess (2009); and The Geography Trilogy (1997-2004). His honors include the Alpert Award in the Arts, a Creative Capital Award, the USA Fellowship, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and the American Choreographers Award.
DANCING THE SYSTEMS AND SCORES OF LOCAL URBAN ECOLOGIES
JENNIFER MONSON’S (US) award-winning projects have radically reframed the role dance plays in our cultural understanding of nature and wilderness. As Artistic Director of iLAND she creates large-scale dance projects informed by the natural and built environment, using choreographic practice as a means to discover connections between environmental, philosophical and aesthetic approaches to understanding our surroundings. Monson was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship, Doris Duke Impact Award, and two “Bessie” Awards.
JOY DAVIS (US) is a dance maker, performer, and teacher. She is one of four certified Countertechnique teachers in the US. Developed by Anouk van Dijk, Artistic Director of Chunky Move, Countertechnique is a dynamic movement system that offers a clear framework of tools in which dancers explore ways to continuously direct and counter-direct the weight of the body through space. Joy teaches her celebrated classes and workshops all over the US. Originally from Nashville, she has spent the last 15 years between Knoxville, Chicago, Amsterdam, and New England creating, performing, and studying contemporary dance and improvisation; including working with Chris Aiken and Angie Hauser, Kathleen Hermesdorf, Erica Mott, Shaina Cantino, and Delfos Danza.
FELDENKRAIS WORKSHOP FOR DANCERS
JIMENA PAZ (US) shares her time between New York, Europe and Argentina. A Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner she has a private practice in NY and teaches internationally. Paz danced with Vicky Shick, Lance Gries, Susan Rethorst, Stephen Petronio Company (‘99-‘06), Martha Clarke, Constanza Macras (Berlin), Iris Scaccheri (Buenos Aires), Virginie Yassef (France), among others.
INTRODUCTION TO CONTACT IMPROVISATION: FLUID ARCHITECTURES
RONJA VER (US/FI) has worked in Europe and the U.S, most recently with Nancy Stark Smith, Mike Vargas, Risa Jaroslow and Scott Wells. She was a soloist of the National Theater of Finland, in Riitta Vainio Dance Company, and dances on Steve Paxton’s dvd Material for the Spine. Ver co-organizes the West Coast Contact Jam and co-founded the Finnish CI festival Skiing On Skin.
Housing will be provided through Cornish College of the Arts on a first-come, first-served basis. The cost will be $270. Check-in will take place on the morning of July 26th, and check-out will happen on the morning of August 4th. Housing applications are due by June 22nd. Click the link below!
Please send completed applications to firstname.lastname@example.org.
*$60 non-refundable deposit is built into all SFDI prices. This deposit serves as the place holder within the program. All paid tuition (not including the $60 deposit) and housing fees will be refunded in full only if written notice of withdrawal is received on or before 60 days prior to the beginning of the intensive (May 26, 2015). Between May 26 and July 26, 2015 all paid tuition (not including the $60 deposit) will be refunded for medical reasons only. A signed note from a doctor is required. Dorm fees will be refunded in full. After the program begins, July 26, 2015, tuition and housing fees will not be refunded for any reason.
Have questions? Need more info? Contact Cait Wyler, Programming Coordinator.
In 2011, after 18 successful years, Dance Art Group (DAG) handed the festival over to Velocity Dance Center. View the DAG press release here.
The 22nd Annual Seattle Festival of Dance Improvisation is made possible through the generous support of 4Culture, ArtsFund, The Seattle Office of Arts & Culture, Art Works, KUOW 94.9, The Pruzan Foundation, The Seattle Foundation, and Pacific Continental Bank.
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