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SIDF Brings World, Alums to Cornish

SIDF Brings World, Alums to Cornish

: Idan Cohen (Israel). Photo by Dani Berman.

SIDF Brings World, Alums to Cornish

: Maida Withers Dance Construction Company (Washington D.C.). Photo by Shaun Schroth.

SIDF Brings World, Alums to Cornish

: Coriolis (Seattle), courtesy of Coriolis. Photo by Ernie Sapiro Photography.

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Seattle International Dance Festival starts today, with dancers and companies from around the world and around the Sound — and it’s all around Cornish.

From June 14 – 21, Cornish’s Raisbeck Hall and the streets of South Lake Union will play host to dancers and companies from around the world. It’s the Seattle International Dance Festival (SIDF), created by Cyrus Khambatta and company and backed by Cornish. SIDF promises to satisfy any reasonable craving for dance of all manner and form.

The Seattle International Dance Festival is also backed by Vulcan Inc., the SLU Chamber of Commerce, and other local businesses. SIDF kicks off on Saturday, June 15 from 12-9 pm, with Art on the Fly,  a kind of street fair come “extravaganza of dance” that takes place along the streetcar route at 2200 Westlake, Amazon Plaza, and at Lake Union Park pretty much all day Saturday. “Spectators will delight to a dance break out on the streets,” says SIDF, “a joyous celebration of the arts.”


Among the artists, Cornish faculty and alums will figure heavily. Amy O’Neal (DA ’99) is curating an evening of local dance, Spotlight on Seattle, on Tuesday, June 18. Dance prof Iyun Ashani Harrison’s company, Ashani Dances, which features multiple Corish alums and students, will perform. Also to be seen are Kate Wallich(DA ’10) and Amy Johnson(DA ’11). In Khambatta’s own company, Khambatta Dance Company, which is performing at SIDF, is Ellen Cooper (DA ’12). Ingrid Porter (DA ’12) works as project coordinator for the festival.

“The evenings bring the world to our back yard,” SIDF continues, “filling Cornish College’s Raisbeck Hall with the Spotlight on Seattle and Inter|National Series, last year featuring performers from Iraq, India, Japan, Poland, Mexico, and Holland alongside national and local artists.”

The festival is produced by Khambatta Dance Company and provided to the community to enrich the availability and diversity of contemporary dance.


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