// Seattle Festival of Dance Improvisation (SFDI) //
“If you love to improvise, Velocity Dance Center in Seattle is the place to be . . . “ — Dance Magazine
Join us for the Seattle Festival of Dance Improvisation (SFDI), a world-renowned summer dance festival focused on improvisational dance and related fields. SFDI features classes, intensives, jams, performances, and discussions with leading local, national and international dance innovators.
2013 DROP-IN CLASSES // John Jasperse + Sara Shelton Mann + Chris Aiken + Shelley Senter + Michael Schumacher + Amii LeGendre + Jill Sigman + John Dixon + Heidi Henderson + Andrew Wass + Karen Nelson + Stephanie Skura + Tonya Lockyer + Louis Gervais + Salt Horse + Vanessa DeWolf + Michal Lahav + Eric Nordstrom
All Drop-in classes are $20
2013 WRITING WORKSHOP // Moving Words: an integrated approach to writing and dancing with Ann Cooper Albright
$20 for SFDI Participants registered for the Entire Festival / $30 Drop-in
“It was a true pleasure to work and participate — relaxed on the human level and inspiring on the professional level.” — Julyen Hamilton (UK), 2012 SFDI Faculty Member
JOHN JASPERSE (NY)
Composition (putting together) as (dis/re)organisation
Work with composition in real time as a simple process of putting things together in our bodies, our perception, our dancing and our choice-making. Full description >>
SARA SHELTON MANN (SF)
The Body Process
Open systems of the body from a trance/relaxed space to find a body that is both grounded and expanded into a multi-dimensional reality. Full description >>
CHRIS AIKEN (MA)
Re-Perceive/Re-Imagine: An Eco-Poetic Approach to Contact Improvisation
Develop specific technical skills, perceptual acuity and poetic sensibility so our dancing is rooted in the ecological and poetic webs that surround us. Full description >>
SHELLEY SENTER (NY)
Critical Practice: The Alexander Technique
Experience the principles of the Alexander Technique and examine common assumptions/sensations of strength, support, stability and power. Full description >>
MICHAEL SCHUMACHER (NETHERLANDS)
Improvisation + Instant Composition
Develop conscious presence while improvising in performance and explore a process by which we collectively experience spontaneously created compositions. Full description >>
AMII LEGENDRE (NY)
Intro to Contact Improvisation
Explore the play between will + surrender, stability + mobility, self + other, and look at fundamentals that allow anyone to enter a contact improvisation dance. Full description >>
Register for Entire SFDI 2013 Festival Package
Participate in a 5 Day Intensive with either John Jasperse, Sara Shelton Mann or Chris Aiken, with optional access to Shelley Senter’s 4 Day Somatics Intensive or Michael Schumacher’s 4 day Intensive, and Amii LeGendre’s 3 Day Beginning Contact Intensive. Includes performances, jams and drop-in classes.
> Entire SFDI 2013 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
> 5-day Intensive: $350
> 4-day Intensive Fee: $175
> 3-day Intensive Fee: $110
Register for Maximum Velocity
Velocity’s world-class summer program bringing together Strictly Seattle and SFDI. Register for both intensives and receive a 15% discount! Includes the Advanced, Intermediate or Beginning Strictly Seattle Intensive and The Entire SFDI 2014 Festival Package.
A critical mass of exciting artists who have been dancing everywhere but in the mainstream. Featuring John Jasperse, Sara Shelton Mann, Chris Aiken, Jill Sigman, Louis Gervais, Salt Horse, Karen Nelson + more! More info >>
SFDI CLOSING NIGHT PERFORMANCE FEATURING SFDI PARTICIPANTS
AUG 4 / 7PM
Velocity Founders Theater 1621 12th Ave
Post-show Talk / 10PM Velocity
2013 Speakeasy EVENTS
Join us for SFDI Speakeasy Events and Post-show Talks! All events are at Velocity, FREE and open to the public.
Lightning Talks with SFDI Faculty
July 31 / 6:30-8:30pm
With John Jasperse, Sara Shelton Mann, Chris Aiken, Michael Schumacher, Shelley Senter, Jill Sigman + Amii LeGendre
Dance Innovators in Performance Post-Show Talk
August 1 / 10-11pm
With Dance Innovators in Performance Artists
SFDI Closing Night Performance Post-show Talk
August 3 / 9-10pm
With Performers + Creators from the Closing Night Performance
Learn more about The Speakeasy Series >>
Housing with other SFDI participants is available in nearby dormitories. Just a quick short walk from Velocity studios!
For housing info + application click here.
PDF — Press Release for 20th Seattle Festival of Dance Improvisation (SFDI), March 1, 2013
PDF — Press Release for Dance Innovators in Performance + SFDI Community Events, June 14, 2013
PDF — Media Alert for SFDI Lightning Talks, July 17, 2013
Preview — Vital Signs, Dance Magazine, July 2013
Have questions? Need more info? Contact Kim Lusk, Programming Coordinator.
SFDI 2013 was curated by Alia Swersky, Beth Graczyk, Cyrus Khambatta and Tonya Lockyer with generous input from the community.
The 20th Annual Seattle Festival of Dance Improvisation is made possible though the generous support of the National Endowment for the Arts, 4Culture, ArtsFund, The Seattle Office of Arts and Culture, The Paul G. Allen Family Foundation and The Stewart & Jesse Abelson Foundation.