Khambatta Dance Company and the Seattle International Dance Festival Awarded $150,000 by Raynier Institute & Foundation

Artistic Director Cyrus Khambatta announced today that the Raynier Institute and Foundation awarded the Khambatta Dance Company a grant to support both its work and that of other local dance artists /companies through a new residency project at The Seattle International Dance Festival.

SEATTLE, January, 2017

Artistic Director Cyrus Khambatta announced today that the Raynier Institute and Foundation awarded the Khambatta Dance Company a grant to support both its work and that of other local dance artists /companies through a new residency project at The Seattle International Dance Festival (SIDF). The company has produced the festival for over ten years.

The three-year program will provide unparalleled level of support for 10-15 mid-level artists/companies, those that are established but struggling to elevate the profile of their work and seeking to develop a self-sustaining structure. The initiative will not only present selected artists/companies work for three evenings as part of a new program, The James Ray Residency Project, it will provide year-round services including financial support, rehearsal space, a week or weekend artistic residency with 24/7 access to studios, as well as development, marketing and organizational consultations with professionals in the field. Each company will receive one full year of services and create an outgoing strategic plan to further their organizational development based on their particular needs and circumstances.

This unique program responds to a need in the Seattle region not met by other programs/organizations that serve artists/companies either just starting their careers or already firmly established. The program will be inaugurated at the 2017 Seattle International Dance Festival in June and the first artists will receive support throughout the 2017-18 season, culminating in performances at the 2018 festival. Each year a new round of artists will be selected. Case studies from the initiative will be published to a dedicated web page on the SIDF website, along with community resources to provide community-wide support for artists/companies seeking assistance at a similar level of their development.

Artist application for the inaugural year of the program are available here http://www.seattleidf.org/james-ray-residency-project/

Khambatta Dance Company’s mission is to encourage constructive self-reflection through meaningful and quality dance work that acknowledges the role dance plays in shaping our emotional and social lives, and to provide this regardless of economic background. Since 2001, Khambatta Dance Company has reached over 40,000 adults, youth and children through its programming in Washington state and no less than 65% of this was provided free of charge. As an internationally touring company, it has been presented in Europe, Russia, Asia and Latin America, including within the last five years, India, Mexico, Brazil, Canada, Lithuania and throughout the Pacific Northwest.