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MFA Dance Concert 

May 28, 2021 to June 13, 2021
dancers on a beach walking
MFA Dance Concert 2021, Photo by Alia Swersky, "dis|appear"

Streaming online & free on your own time between May 28- June 13, 2021.

The University of Washington Department of Dance invites you to witness the premiere of five conceptually and aesthetically diverse dance films. With themes ranging from the interaction of urban landscapes and birds, to the continuously shifting identities of self and the environment, our esteemed MFA in dance candidates create pieces for the undergraduate dancers at UW. Movement styles include contemporary dance, embodied improvisational structures, and vertical dance. 

2021 UW Dance MFA Choreographers: Yebel Gallegos, Alexander Olivieri, Roel Seeber, Alia Swersky

Yebel Gallegos (El Paso, TX) helped found the Cressida Danza Contemporánea in Yucatán, MX and danced with the Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company. Alexander Olivieri (New York, NY) danced professionally in New York City, has taught nationwide, and is currently researching screendance and queer studies. Oakland-based Roel Seeber toured the world as a member of Bay Area vertical dance pioneer BANDALOOP and the Límon Dance Company. Alia Swersky has been dedicated to teaching movement and creative process, performing, and creating works in Seattle, nationally and internationally for the last two decades.

These innovative choreographers joined with award-winning collaborators to create original dance films, including Seattle filmmakers Sarah Choi, Cameo Lethem and Sebastien Scandiuzzi; composers Jonathan Rodriguez (from the borderlands of Douglas, AZ, and Agua Prieta, Sonora, Mexico) and Paul Sklar (Seattle); and French multifaceted artist Florian Alberge (Salt Lake City, UT).

While following COVID-19 protocols and safety guidelines means that UW Dance concerts will look different this year, our faculty and students have been no less active in creating new work. We’re thrilled to be able to share these performances with you directly to your living room!

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