Seattle Festival of Dance Improvisation (SFDI)
SFDI 2017: What Opened Their Eyes

SFDI 2017: What Opened Their Eyes

After an improvisation jam guided by Joe Goode during Velocity’s Seattle Festival of Dance Improvisation 2017, he offered a prompt participants to respond to if they wished. Here are some of the responses from people who chose to answer this: “Share an experience you had that opened your eyes.” 1. I was interviewing a girl from Rwanda as a class assignment. After I asked about her personal history...
SFDI ARTIST SPOTLIGHT: Joe Goode

SFDI ARTIST SPOTLIGHT: Joe Goode

SFDI ARTIST SPOTLIGHT: JOE GOODE “To make something, to build something, is not just exerting the force of your skill and intelligence upon the world. It is also a process of looking inward, of gaining new perspective, of inhabiting your life in a more deliberate way. This can be powerful and transformative.” – Joe Goode JOE GOODE makes dances to survive. In his own words, creating dances has been...
SFDI ARTIST SPOTLIGHT: Taisha Paggett

SFDI ARTIST SPOTLIGHT: Taisha Paggett

SFDI ARTIST SPOTLIGHT: TAISHA PAGGETT “Art making develops a type of curiosity that, I think, makes is a radical practice . . . to break open fixed narratives and ask why anything has to be the way it is.” – taisha paggett taisha paggett’s  work challenges dance, visual art, activism and education: What do they demand of us? How do they shape communities? What possibilities do they...
Speakeasy Series: Lightning Talks (SFDI 2016)

Speakeasy Series: Lightning Talks (SFDI 2016)

SPEAKEASY SERIES: LIGHTNING TALKS is an annual event that happens in conjunction with Seattle Festival of Dance Improvisation (SFDI) 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. Watch video of the 2016 Lightning Talks below! The SFDI Lighting Talks are part of an annual conversation series curated by Tonya...
Speakeasy Series: History of Contact Improvisation Through the Body (SFDI 2016)

Speakeasy Series: History of Contact Improvisation Through the Body (SFDI 2016)

SPEAKEASY SERIES: History of Contact Improvisation through the Body: From Unimaginable to Resonance & Meaning Journeying in time from 1972-2016, this demonstration/conversation explores the development of a post modern dance form. Conceived and facilitated by Karen Nelson with Katherine Cook including Stephanie Nugent, Shel Wagner Rasch, Cyrus Khambatta, Aaron Schwartzman, Arwen Wilder, Krista DeNio, and Cathie Caraker. Watch the Speakeasy here: Speakeasy Series: History of Contact Improv Through...
Beyond the Ephemerality of Dance

Beyond the Ephemerality of Dance

Velocity Dance Center is working to make the 2015 Seattle Festival of Dance Improvisation the world’s first carbon-neutral dance festival. The incredible lightning talk given by Kidd Pivot dancer and SFDI 2014 faculty member Eric Beauchesne inspired this goal. Read the transcript of the speech below. The SFDI Lighting Talks are part of an annual conversation series curated by Tonya Lockyer.     We bend our knees, we...
Beth Graczyk + Alice Gosti Interview Sara Shelton Mann

Beth Graczyk + Alice Gosti Interview Sara Shelton Mann

STANCE is delighted to share another artist2artist podcast, produced by Beth Graczyk. In Beth’s words: This is an interview with Sara Shelton Mann conducted by Alice Gosti and myself, Beth Graczyk. Sara taught an intensive during Velocity’s Seattle Festival of Dance Improvisation (SFDI) focusing on enlivening the body and its potential through multiple avenues of energy work. Utilizing Qigong, contact improvisation, imagery, biomechanics, bodywork and full-body dancing...