Dance festival brings diverse groups to Seattle

By Faith Elder - Staff Reporter



The Seattle International Dance Festival is returning to South Lake Union for its 13th year.

Opening on June 6 and running 16 days, the dance festival showcases contemporary dance, created by both local and international artists.

During the three Inter|National Series weekends, artists from Japan, Israel, Switzerland, and Canada share a program with local artists of international scope. Headliners include Idan Cohen, Khambatta Dance Company, OURO Collective, and T42.

Weekend three of the Inter|National Series also participates in Seattle's Pride celebration, showing pieces about diversity and acceptance. Weekend three also shows work by LGBTQ choreographers from Los Angeles, New York City, and Seattle.

The Inter|National Series runs June 9-10, 15-16, and 22-23 at 8 p.m. at the Broadway Performance Hall.

This year's festival also includes the return of the popular Art on the Fly outdoor event. This free event takes over Denny Park on June 9 from noon to 3 p.m. and includes performances, dance classes, activities for kids, food trucks and the South Lake Union Saturday market.

One new event in the festival is the premier of five James Jay Residency Projects. These new pieces were created by Seattle artists, who were awarded a one-year residency with Seattle International Dance Festival and sponsored by the Raynier Foundation.

The James Jay Residency Projects premiers are shown June 12-14 at 7:30 p.m. at the Erickson Theater. Highlights of these premiers includes Coriolis Dance's reimagining of Swan Lake and a performance by former Pacific Northwest Ballet principle dancer Julie Tobiason.

This year's festival also includes the return of both Spotlight on Contemporary Ballet and Spotlight on Seattle Now, which showcase up-and-coming local artists.

 Spotlight on Contemporary Ballet will also be showing a piece by Eva Stone as part of a new partnership with Pacific Northwest Ballet's Next Steps program. The piece will be performed by four professional-division students from Pacific Northwest Ballet School.

Spotlight on Contemporary Ballet runs June 19 and 20 at 7:30 p.m. at the Broadway Performance Hall. Spotlight on Seattle Now runs June 21 at 7:30 p.m. at the Erickson Theater.

Seattle International Dance Festival single event tickets cost $25 in advance and $30 at the door. Festival passes are available with $40 two-show pass, $85 all festival pass, and $135 Premium Pass. Student discounts are available both in advance and at the door.

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