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‘Wandering and Wondering,’ ‘Seattle Festival of Dance Improvisation Performance,’ ‘Surreptitious Preparations for an Impossible Total Act’ and more

SFDI
Aug. 2

Wandering and Wondering

Experience the Seattle Japanese Garden with a new perspective at Wandering and Wondering, the organization’s annual afternoon of music, dance and garden exploration. Organized by Joan Laage, a regional Butoh pioneer and member of DAIPANbutoh collective, the performance features dancers and musicians dispersed throughout the winding pathways and tranquil ponds spontaneously responding with movement and music to the surrounding environment.

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Washington Park Arboretum

Aug. 2

Seattle Festival of Dance Improvisation Performance

The culmination of the 25th annual Seattle Festival of Dance Improvisation, this evening will showcase what festival leaders, educators and participants have been working on throughout the week of events. SFDI brings together more than two dozen of today’s most important contemporary improvisational dance makers for a week of classes, performances and conversations, sparking not only spontaneous movement, but an exchange of ideas that will help push forward the field of contemporary dance. Guest instructors include Ishmael Houston-Jones, K.J. Holmes, Eva Karczag and more.

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Velocity Dance Center

Aug. 2

Surreptitious Preparations for an Impossible Total Act

As part of the annual Seattle Festival of Dance Improvisation, local choreographer and dancer Stephanie Skura will bring last year’s Surreptitious Preparations for an Impossible Total Act to the stage. Featuring six improvisational dancers from around the globe, the piece stems from Skura’s inability to raise funds for a complex movement-theatre work. In response she recruited Sally Dean, Eva Karczag, Juliette Mapp, Wendy Perron, Debra Wanner and Paige Barnes to create a piece reflecting on themes of diversity, individual autonomy, respectful collaboration and the value of the subconscious.

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Erickson Theatre

Aug. 27–31

Yellow Fish Durational Performance Festival

Featuring local, national and international artists presenting durational and time-based performance art, this year’s fifth-annual Yellow Fish includes work from Seattle-based movement artist Alia Swersky, choreographers Petra Zanki and Syniva Whitney/Gender Tender and many more. Expect the unexpected, and expect it to last a while: Previous performances included an artist who dug a hole with her high heel for eight hours.

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