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Dance Innovators Series: river, river, river + ANIMIST

August 9 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

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On this night of Dance Innovators, Shannon Stewart will perform her 30 minute work entitled river, river, river and Haruko Crow Nishimura will perform a new 30 minute work entitled “Animist”


river, river, river is a body of work that encapsulates a print publication, multiple installations and a series of performances. The solo performance – part 1 (28 minutes)  was created as a succinct evening length work to be paired with local artists and water stewards to hold multi-layered conversations about place, belonging, relationship to colonial history, art lineages, and mental health. Shannon grew up in what is referred to as Richland, Washington and graduated from Richland High School, home of the “Bombers.” Both of her parents worked at Hanford as part of the massive effort to clean up the Superfund site.


ANIMIST | This work under development  is part of a larger work entitled Anima Mundi. an exploration of our connection to the rest of the natural world and to each other, and challenges our human centric perceptions. The work is being devised through listening to our deep sensorial skin in order to change the way we care for the world around us. It works with the internal battles of our perceptions that obscure the actions needed to connect and heal. At the same time it  is inspired by the ways that human beings have been able to cultivate interconnectedness with each other and to nature through ceremony, ritual and finding connection to our animal senses. This ongoing work channels these connective practices through play, embodied movement, feminine power, vibrational sound and shadows to summon supernatural beings and reveal other dimensions.



Dance Innovators is a festival-style performance series that provides a glimpse into the current explorative work of celebrated faculty from Seattle Festival of Dance + Improvisation 2024. Each work will be presented in a low tech, low stakes format with the goal of sharing performative research with SFD+I’s Participants and Seattle’s contemporary performance community. This year the artists of Physical Education (keyon gaskin, Lu Yim, Allie Hankins, Takahiro Yamamoto) will perform on Thursday, August 8, Crow Nishimura from Degenerate Art Ensemble and Shannon Stewart will share work on Friday, August 9, Makisig Akin and Anya Cloud will perform an evening length work on Saturday, August 10.


August 9
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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12 Ave Arts
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