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dani tirrell and The Congregation: Leviticus or Love and to walk amongst HUMANS

April 20 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

dani tirrell, Seattle’s Mayor Arts Award recipient 2019, is a Black, Trans Spectrum, Queer choreographer, dancer, and movement guide. Dani’s performance of Leviticus or Love and to Walk Amongst Humans: A Dance in Two Parts (Book I: Leviticus) is a movement meditation of sin, love, loss and a world in which Black Queer bodies are of the most high. Set to traditional and contemporary gospel music (reimagined), this multi-part dance work is set to traditional and contemporary gospel music that will be inspired and reimagined by Aretha Franklin’s Amazing Grace gospel album and documentary.

dani has guided people in Detroit and Seattle as well as sharing movement practices in other cities in the United States. Currently dani is the curator for Central District Forum for Arts and Ideas (Seattle). dani is the host and co-creator of several online talk programs Sunday Dinner, The Living Room, and Intimate Conversations. dani is the founder and current artistic director of The Congregation a movement/art group. dani has taught at Northwest Tap Connection and University of Washington Seattle and Bothell campuses. dani has created work for Dance This (Northwest Tap Connection), Strictly Seattle (advance/professional track), Seattle Repertory Theater, Nina Simone Four Women (Directed by Valerie Curtis-Newton). dani is an Arts Matter Fellow, Artists Trust Fellow (Seattle) and 4Culture Arc Fellow (Seattle). dani is the Artist in Residence at Velocity Dance Center (2020/2021) and one of 6 Artists in Residence at On the Boards (Seattle, WA)

Currently dani works at Dance Place (Washington, DC) as Dance Place’s Artistic Director.

dani’s production of Black Bois (On the Boards and Seattle Theater Group) was a locally critically acclaimed work that produced sold out shows in Seattle and is in development for a documentary film. In 2019 dani was the recipient of an Artist Trust Fellowship Award and a Dance Crush Award for Black Bois (performance). dani also received a 2018 Arts Matter Fellowship grant. dani current work FagGod in collaboration with Anastasia Renee and Naa Akua was presented in Central District Forum for Arts and Ideas 2019/2020 season. dani’s new work 46, is a photo exhibit styled, staged, and photographed by dani. This work can be found online under dani’s Instagram profile.