Velocity Presents DANCE INNOVATORS IN PERFORMANCE at Seattle Festival of Dance Improvisation Tonight

Part of the world class 20th Seattle Festival of Dance Improvisation, for one evening only, Dance Innovators in Performance features a critical mass of exciting artists who have been dancing everywhere but in the mainstream. The evening features all-star SFDI faculty John Jasperse, Sara Shelton Mann, Chris Aiken, Heidi Henderson, Stephanie Skura, Shelley Senter, Michael Schumacher, Karen Nelson, Louis Gervais, Jill Sigman, Salt Horse, Tonya Lockyer, John Dixon, Andrew Wass, Eric Nordstrom and Michal Lahav at Broadway Performance Hall.

SFDI is one of the world's leading festivals of dance and improvisation brings artists from around the globe to Seattle to collaborate, exchange information and share their creative processes. With international faculty, performances by world-class innovators, and daily community events, SFDI is a week of intensives, classes, jams, somatic workshops, performances and discussions focused on fostering the study, practice and appreciation of dance improvisation.

INTENSIVES // John Jasperse + Sara Shelton Mann + Chris Aiken + Shelley Senter + Amii LeGendre + Michael Schumacher

CLASSES // Jill Sigman + John Dixon + Heidi Henderson + Andrew Wass + Karen Nelson + Stephanie Skura + Tonya Lockyer + Louis Gervais + Salt Horse + Vanessa DeWolf + Michal Lahav + Eric Nordstrom

Starting in 2012, the Seattle Festival of Dance Improvisation happens alongside Strictly Seattle Summer Dance Intensive to create Velocity's summer festival Maximum Velocity, July 7 through August 4, 2013. This year Strictly Seattle features daily classes, jams, informal showings, Speakeasy conversations and three performances-super-charged new works by some of Seattle's most celebrated choreographers: 2013Stranger Genius finalist zoe | juniper, KT Niehoff, Marlo Martin, Mark Haim, Ellie Sandstrom and Ricki Mason (July 26 + 27, Broadway Performance Hall).

TICKETS for Dance Innovators in Performance
AUG 1 / 8PM
Broadway Performance Hall 1625 Broadway
206.325.8773 |

20TH SFDI COMMUNITY EVENTS - All events are FREE and at Velocity (1621 12th Ave)


Lightning Talks with SFDI Faculty
July 31 / 6:30-8:30pm


Dance Innovators in Performance: Post-show Talk

With Dance Innovators in Performance Artists
August 1 / 10-11pm


SFDI Closing Night Performance

Featuring Participants of the 20th SFDI
August 3 / 7pm


SFDI Closing Night Performance: Post-show Talk

With Performers + Creators from the Closing Night Performance
August 3 / 9-10pm

SFDI 2013 was curated by the SFDI 2013 Panel: Alia Swersky, Beth Graczyk, Cyrus Khambatta and Tonya Lockyer with generous input from the community.

Velocity's presentation of the 20th Seattle Festival of Dance Improvisation is made possible by generous support from the National Endowment for the Arts, 4Culture, ArtsFund, The Seattle Office of Arts & Culture, The Paul G. Allen Family Foundation and The Stuart & Jesse Abelson.


John Jasperse is a Guggenheim Fellow and received a Bessie Award in recognition of his body of work. He has created works for Baryshnikov's White Oak Project, Batsheva Dance Company, and the Lyon Opera Ballet. His work has been presented by major festivals and presenting organizations in Brazil, Chile, Israel, Japan and throughout the US and Europe.

Sara Shelton Mann and her legendary San Francisco-based company Contraband appeared on stages, in warehouses, abandoned buildings and outdoors from 1979-1996. She collaborated with Guillermo Gomez-Pena until 1999, and currently teaches her complex interdisciplinary performance style and movement vocabulary worldwide.

Chris Aiken's work has been significantly influenced through the Alexander Technique, Ideokinesis, yoga and the work of Ida Rolf. Chris has performed and collaborated with renowned dance artists Steve Paxton, Kirstie Simson, Nancy Stark Smith, Peter Bingham, Andrew Harwood, Patrick Scully and Angie

Shelley Senter, a renowned teacher of the Alexander Technique, has been investigating the application of the principles of the Alexander process to the performing body and mind for nearly two decades. She is a member of Lower Left artist collective and a repetiteur of the seminal works of Trisha Brown and Yvonne Rainer, which she stages internationally.

Michael Schumacher has been a member of 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.

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