The SEATTLE INTERNATIONAL DANCE FESTIVAL Returns This June

The SEATTLE INTERNATIONAL DANCE FESTIVAL Returns This June

The Seattle International Dance Festival (SIDF) has grown to three full weeks of activities; and infuses the city with new creative dance energy from around the globe. The free Art on the Fly outdoor event and the new James Ray Residency premieres allow dance artists to share their work in new environments to new audiences. This year's bold mix of global and local artists from places such as Israel, Canada, Switzerland, Japan, New York and LA bring fresh voices and vision to Seattle audiences.

The festival runs for 17 days from June 7-23 and starts with an opening night party for the dance-loving general public. SIDF partners with City Arts magazine for the first ever Opening Night party and Shuffle. The June 7th Shuffle presents performances by randomly matched dance and musical artists who weave together new works created in a week.

On Saturday June 9th the festival hits full speed with the free, outdoor family-friendly Art on the Fly at Denny Park and the first weekend of the Inter|National Series performances. In week two more International Artists perform as well as five emerging and established Seattle-based artists from the James Ray Residency Program who will present the culmination of their year-long artistic residencies. Always popular with audiences, two Spotlights are presented during the final week of the festival: Spotlight on Contemporary Ballet and Spotlight on Seattle Now. For the first time ever, Pacific Northwest Ballet's Next Step program will partner with SIDF to introduce an emerging artist to Spotlight on Contemporary Ballet. Curators for the Spotlight events include: Donald Byrd, Cyrus Khambatta, Kiyon Gaines, Eva Stone, Dr. Victoria Watts, Constanze Villines, and Betsey Brock.

Tickets to paid performances are $25 in advance, $30 at the door (25 and under are $18 in advance, $22 at the door). A 2-Show pass is $40, the All Festival Pass is $85 and the Premium Pass is $135 (includes reserved seating, complimentary beverages and entrance to the opening night party.) Details, performance times, locations and ticketing information are available at www.SeattleIDF.org. Most performances are at Broadway Performance Hall. Select performances June 12-14 & 21 are at the Erickson Theater. Opening Night is at 415 Westlake Ave.

OPENING NIGHT - June 7; 8 pm-12 amSIDF partners with City Arts for a kick-off party full of drinks, music, and dance. Through the new Shuffle event party guests will see work made in a week by randomly paired dancers and bands
ART ON THE FLY - June 9; 12 noon - 3pmSIDF partners with the SLU Saturday Market to bring dozens of FREE all-ages dance events, food trucks and crafts to South Lake Union. Art on the Fly takes over Denny Park at 9th Avenue and Denny Way. Contemporary dance springs to life in everyday environments with roving performances, impromptu dance classes, flash mobs, music, food, and more.
INTER|NATIONAL ARTISTS SERIES WEEKEND 1 - June 9-10 (Sat @ 8pm. Sun @ 7:30 pm)Idan Cohen (Tel Aviv, Israel), Khambatta Dance Company (Seattle), KT Niehoff (Seattle), Three Yells (Seattle)
INTER|NATIONAL ARTISTS SERIES WEEKEND 2 - June 15-16 (Fri & Sat @ 8pm)OURO Collective (Vancouver, CA), Karin Stevens Dance (Seattle),T42 (Switzerland/ Japan), Jen Salk (Seattle)
INTER|NATIONAL ARTISTS SERIES WEEKEND 3 - June 22-23 (Fri & Sat @ 8pm)Joshua Beamish (New York City), Alex Crozier (Seattle), III2 (Los Angeles), Catapult Dance (Seattle)
James Ray RESIDENCY PROJECT - June 12-14 (Tues- Thurs @ 7:30pm)Artists premiering new work include: Tectonic Marrow Society, Coriolis Dance, Daniel Costa Dance, Julie Tobiason, Version Excursion Dance
SPOTLIGHT ON CONTEMPORARY BALLET - June 19 & 20 (Tues & Wed @ 7:30pm)Curated by Donald Byrd, Cyrus Khambatta, Kiyon Gaines, and Eva Stone. Presenting Andre Alabastro/Maka, Guillame Basso, Nick Neagle/NSquared Dance, Alana O. Rogers Dance Company and a special commissioned work by Eva Stone set on PNB dancers.
SPOTLIGHT ON SEATTLE NOW- June 21 (Thurs @ 7:30pm)Curated by Cyrus Khambatta, Constanze Villines, Betsy Brock, and Vicki Watts. Includes artists Jeremy Cline and Alex Crozier with Crozier/Cline, Kate O'Day with Kate's Agony, Noelle Price with PRICEArts N.E.W., Jerboa Dance and Petra Zanki.

The festival is produced by Khambatta Dance Company and provided to Seattle residents to enrich the local community through the availability and diversity of high caliber contemporary dance.



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