Dance Innovators Series:

PHYSICAL EDUCATION

performances by

TAKAHIRO YAMAMOTO, ALLIE HANKINS, LU YIM, + KEYON GASKIN

Aug 8  | 7:30 PM

12th Ave Arts | 1620 12th Ave

 

Run Time: 70 mins

Individual Tickets: $20-50 | DI Series: $45-150

Physical Education (PE) is keyon gaskin, Allie Hankins, Takahiro Yamamoto, and Lu Yim. Co-created in 2013, PE organizes and hosts performances, reading groups, workshops, artist talks, and dance parties. Originally started in 2013 as a private reading group and discussion date over dinner and drinks, PE has curated and facilitated public programming since 2014. PE’s vision is to offer contemporary artists and audiences, as well as curious individuals, immersive modes through which to engage with artworks that center around performance and performativity. PE acknowledges and scrutinizes the perceived illegibility and messiness of the performing body, and seeks to collaboratively confront and embrace questions about it with a community. 

On this night, each individual of PE will share their practice in the form of a performance presentation. 

 

DANCE INNOVATORS SERIES

Dance Innovators is a festival-style performance series that provides a glimpse into the current explorative work of celebrated faculty from Seattle Festival of Dance + Improvisation 2024. Each work will be presented in a low tech, low stakes format with the goal of sharing performative research with SFD+I’s Participants and Seattle’s contemporary performance community. This year the artists of Physical Education (keyon gaskin, Lu Yim, Allie Hankins, Takahiro Yamamoto) will perform on Thursday, August 8, Crow Nishimura from Degenerate Art Ensemble and Shannon Stewart will share work on Friday, August 9, Makisig Akin and Anya Cloud will perform an evening length work on Saturday, August 10.

Tickets to all three performances of Dance Innovators are included in full Research Week packages. Audience members outside of SFD+I can purchase individual show tickets.

ARTIST BIOS

Lu Yim is an artist who works in experimental performance and dance. They have received support through Pageant (NY), Center for Performance Research (NY), Portland Institute for Contemporary Art, and recently through Queer | Art’s mentorship program with Julie Tolentino.

Takahiro Yamamoto is a multidisciplinary artist and choreographer. His current conceptual investigations revolve around the phenomenological effects of time, embodied approach to the presence of nothingness, and the social/emotional implications of visibility. He co-directs the performance company madhause with Ben Evans, and is part of the Portland-based support group Physical Education with Allie Hankins, keyon gaskin, and Lu Yim.

keyon gaskin prefers not to contextualize with their credentials.

Allie Hankins is a dancer, performer, and choreographer. She is a resident artist and steward of FLOCK  Dance Center, a creative home to Portland’s experimental dance artists founded in 2014 by Tahni Holt. Allie has danced for Milka Djordjevich (LA), Morgan Thorson (Minneapolis), Ruairi Donovan (Cork, Ireland), and Julien Previeux (Paris). When she’s not working on performances, she is doing step aerobics and learning American Sign Language. Her website is alliehankins.com

ACCESSIBILITY INFORMATION

12th Avenue Arts is fully accessible for wheelchairs and walkers. The lobby, bathrooms and theater spaces are at street level, and seating is available without the need for an elevator or stairs. ASL interpretation will be provided at one of the performances. Bathrooms will be gender neutral.

For specific questions and accommodations, please contact Shirley at operations@velocitydancecenter.org

SFD+I SUPPORTERS

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, ArtsFund, and 4Culture. It is also supported by our community of individual donors, community partners, and arts advocates. 

SFD+I SUPPORTERS

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, ArtsFund, and 4Culture. It is also supported by our community of individual donors, community partners, and arts advocates. 

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