VISIT THE WORLD THROUGH CONTEMPORARY DANCE
The Seattle International Dance Festival is a 16-day explosion of dance and the arts including indoor and outdoor events centered in and around Seattle’s South Lake Union area.
The festival began in 2006 after Cyrus Khambatta, Artistic Director for Khambatta Dance (formerly Phffft! Co.) attended an Artistic Director Leadership training program with a grant from The Paul G. Allen Foundation and began to realize a long, stirring desire to connect audiences with dance through the festival environment. After a decade in which his own Khambatta Dance (then Phffft! Co.) was invited to numerous international festivals, each with its own particular take on dance, he found the excitement and fervor with which audiences digested dance works to be a stimulating environment in which to create.
After initiating a partnership with Seattle Center in 2007, the festival presented the site specific portion of its festival at the Center House for two years. In 2009, the festival applied and received a grant from the Department of Neighborhoods to revitalize South Lake Union (SLU) through the arts. This initiated an effort to connect to the SLU community, where it found a receptive environment in a growing urban community. This new neighborhood allowed the festival a larger, urban terrain with unique architectural features for its site specific events and access to a soon-to-be densely populated audience. In this same period, the festival initiated a partership with Cornish College of the Arts to bring concert performance, as well as a dance education and instruction program together in one locale. The festival has presented local, national, and international artists, including work from artists from 25 countries in the short time since its inception.
The festival’s free outdoor event, an urban dance/art experience for the aesthetically inclined and physically interactive, with main stage and roving performances, flash mobs, free dance classes, a craft fair, kids activities, and food trucks from celebrated Seattle restaurants. Don’t miss this outdoor, all-ages celebration of art and dance in the middle of downtown Seattle!
The festival’s premier evening series presents dance artists and companies from around the world. This series connects audiences with the pulse of the contemporary dance scene, nationally and internationally, with regional artists of international scope.
This series gives local audiences a panoramic view of the thriving Seattle area dance scene, including three evening programs each with a different focus: Spotlight on Contemporary Ballet, Spotlight: Artists Perspective – a focus on theme-oriented dance makers, and Spotlight on Seattle Now – providing a peek behind the curtain of contemporary dance happening in our community today.
The Threshold Institute
A week-long dance study program for intermediate and advanced dancers.