// Seattle Festival of Dance Improvisation (SFDI) //
SEATTLE FESTIVAL OF DANCE IMPROVISATION (SFDI) 2014
21st ANNUAL SFDI / JULY 27 – AUG 3
REGISTER Early Bird discount until April 15
“SFDI is the leading convening of practitioners in dance improvisation in the United States.”
— John Jasperse, 2013 Faculty
“For two decades SFDI has nurtured improvisation with a powerful combination of creative risk-taking and collective responsibility. This fabulous festival has an incomparable roster of teachers and wonderful inventive workshops.”
— Ann Cooper Albright, 2013 Faculty
“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 Kirstie Simson / Faye Driscoll / Eric Beauchesne / Michael Schumacher / Tom Koch / Neige Christenson
CLASSES + PERFORMANCES Darrell Jones / Linda Austin / Eric Nordstrom / Haruko Nishimura / Richard Gilman / Roel Hammerschlag / Kirstie Simson / Eric Beauchesne / Faye Driscoll / Michael Schumacher / Tom Koch / Neige Christenson / Tamin Totzke / Rachael Lincoln / Stuart Phillips / Lila Hurwitz / Alia Swersky / Amelia Reeber / Elia Mrak / Tahni Holt / Kate Wallich + more
2014 sfdi INTENSIVES
“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
KIRSTIE SIMSON (UK), called “a force of nature” by The New York Times, is an award-winning dancer and teacher of contact improvisation and contemporary dance who has “immeasurably enriched and expanded the boundaries of New Dance” (Time Out, London). For the past 30 years, Kirstie has collaborated with dancers and musicians, including Steve Paxton, Nancy Stark Smith, Simone Forti, Julyen Hamilton, Michael Schumacher, Adam Benjamin, Russell Malliphant and Le Quan Ninh.
FAYE DRISCOLL (NYC) is celebrated as one of the most original artists of her generation. A Bessie-award winning choreographer and director Driscoll has become widely known for creating new forms of theatrical works that provoke feeling, stimulate the senses, and activate the mind. She was a member of Doug Varone and Dancers and has collaborated extensively with theater artists Young Jean Lee, Cynthia Hopkins, Taylor Mac, and NTUSA.
ERIC BEAUCHESNE (CANADA) Born in Québec, Eric has danced with Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe, Les Ballets Jazz de Montréal as well as with Canadian contemporary dance icons such as La Fondation Jean-Pierre Perrault, Paul-André Fortier, Louise Lecavalier and Crystal Pite. Performing with Kidd Pivot since 2004, Eric has also collaborated as rehearsal & staging director for Cullberg Ballet, Ballet British Columbia, The Royal Swedish Ballet and Nederlands Dans Theater in the remount of Pite’s repertory. Based in the Netherlands, Eric regularly conducts improvisation workshops and has recently collaborated with Peter Bingham and Christian Burns on several improvisation research projects.
MICHAEL SCHUMACHER (US / NL) has been a member of several groundbreaking companies, including Ballet Frankfurt, Twyla Tharp Dance, Feld Ballet, Pretty Ugly Dance Company, and Katie Duck’s Magpie Music Dance Company. Working as dancer, choreographer, and teacher Schumacher has developed a unique approach to the discipline of improvisation. He resides in Amsterdam and conducts workshops in movement analysis and improvisation worldwide.
TOM KOCH (US / NL) Tom Koch is an expert Alexander Technique teacher who has worked with dancers across Europe and America, including extensively with dancers from the Forsythe Company and Nederlands Dans Theater. He helped inspire and guide Anouk van Dijk as she developed Counter Technique, and teaches for her “One Body – One Career” intensive programs for dancers. Tom has also served in the roles of dramaturge and movement consultant for Ballet Frankfurt, Ivana Muller and Michael Schumacher among others.
NEIGE CHRISTENSON (BOSTON) has been an avid Contact Improviser for over thirty years, as a devoted teacher, and performer. Her teaching encourages opening the improvisational mind and body to full physical expression and connection. Her writing on contact improvisation has been published in Contact Quarterly and Proximity Magazine.
INTENSIVE DESCRIPTIONS Coming soon!
EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT Register for SFDI before April 15th and receive a 15% discount.
Register for Entire SFDI 2014 Festival Package
Sign up for your choice of Morning, Mid-day and Afternoon Intensives with Kirstie Simson, Faye Driscoll, Eric Beauchesne, Michael Schumacher, Tom Koch or Neige Christenson. Includes unlimited drop-ins, performances and jams.
> Entire SFDI 2014 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.
> 5-day Intensive Fee: $350
> 4-day Intensive Fee: $175
> 3-day 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
Register for Maximum Velocity
Maximum Velocity is our world-class summer program bringing together Strictly Seattle and the international Seattle Festival of Dance Improvisation (July 6 – Aug 3, 2014). Includes the Professional/Advanced, Intermediate or Beginning Strictly Seattle Intensive and The Entire SFDI 2014 Festival Package. Register for both Strictly Seattle + SFDI and receive a 15%.
Housing with other SFDI participants is available in nearby dormitories. Just a quick short walk from Velocity studios!
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.
The 21th 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 and The Paul G. Allen Family Foundation.