Flashes of Brilliance review

Kristen Legg wrote an in-depth review of the Seattle Festival of Dance Improvisation (SFDI) benefit Flashes of Brilliance presented by Velocity Dance Center to a sold-out crowd on February 11, 2012. Musician Tiffany Lin and I performed with dancers Linda Austin and Karen Nelson. Our set, called “the opposite person,” was lit by Ilvs Strauss.

Here’s an excerpt from Legg’s review:
“... the musicians’ performance was outstanding, with both playing toy pianos, shifting about the stage, banging on the sides of their instruments, and finally picking up a kazoo and slide whistle at the end of the work. A violin player also joined in from the audience...”
Linda Austin, Karen Nelson, Byron Au Yong, Tiffany Lin
photo by Tim Summers
Violinist Tari Nelson-Zagar appeared at intermission after finishing a set at the Seattle Improvised Music Festival. It was great that Tari was able to join our performance. Next year, perhaps both festivals will collaborate to bring together musicians, dancers and lighting designers.

Tari, Tiffany and I agreed that being part of the spontaneous creativity of nearly two dozen dancers, musicians and lighting designers at SFDI was inspiring and worth further investigation. Luckily, Velocity Dance Center hosts the 19th annual SFDI from July 29-August 5, 2012. The festival includes classes, discussions, intensives, jams and performances.