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Portraits In Motion, fall 2021: Dancers Marco Farroni, Akoiya Harris, and Nia-Amina Minor perform the work of Dani Tirell. Photo by Susan Fried.

Portraits In Motion, fall 2021: Dancers Marco Farroni, Akoiya Harris, and Nia-Amina Minor perform the work of Dani Tirell. Photo by Susan Fried.

Portraits in Motion: Pop‑up Dance Performance

Pier 62 | Free
Friday May 27, 2022 from 4–6 pm

Local dance artists paint physical narratives that explore themes of identity, locality, resilience, beauty, and joy.

All ages welcome

Spotlight on the Waterfront engages audiences of all ages to experience music and visual performances along the new waterfront. Set on one of the city’s most scenic locations, Pier 62, this series provides audiences a chance to discover the region’s arts and culture.

For the Portraits in Motion pop-up dance performance, Friends of Waterfront Seattle invited local dance artists to create artist-driven portraits of their identity and asked them: “Who are you, where do you come from, what do you believe in, and how can you translate those ideas into the dancing body?”

Dance Artists

Nile Alicia Ruff

Nile Alicia Ruff emerged from the earth of “Chocolate City” (Washington, D.C.). Nile dances to awaken audiences to the dignity of life. Nile uses her/their personal experience via the movement mediums of West African dance, Black Dance, Love, SGI Nichiren Buddhism, Hip Hop & RNB, Pleasure, Dialogue, Sociology, Anti-racism, Womxnism & Black Queer History.

Kiné Camara

Kiné Camara is a dance educator, artistic director and performer based in Seattle, WA. As an educator, she focuses on holistic learning: studying dance fundamentals and technique, understanding history and cultural context, and embracing the inner work inspired by experiences while dancing. In her choreography, she pulls from various African and Afro diasporic dance styles, and often explores themes of Western vs African culture, and modern vs. traditional dance.

Malicious Vixens

Malicious Vixens is a Seattle-based dance collective of Asian American women that reside on Coast Salish/ Duwamish land. Through their art, they take great strides in creating work that both honors their ancestors and histories, but also honor the African diaspora and cultures that they are guests of. Through movement, sharing of stories, and action, they seek to positively impact and empower their communities.

Amanda Morgan

Amanda Morgan (she/her) is from Tacoma, WA and is currently a dancer at Pacific Northwest Ballet. In addition to dancing, she is the founder and creator of her own dance collective called The Seattle Project, which aims to highlight BIPOC and LGBTQ+ artists.

Hosted by Friends of Waterfront Seattle

Friends of Waterfront Seattle (“Friends”) is the nonprofit partner to the City of Seattle responsible for helping to fund, build, steward, and program the park — today and into the future. In deep collaboration with individuals, communities, and institutional partners, Friends’ mission is creating, caring for, and activating a renewed place on Seattle’s central shoreline to connect — to the water, to the mountains, to our city, and to one another. In addition to raising $110M by 2024 to fund park construction, Friends will provide funding and manage the programming and operations of the future Waterfront Park through a joint-delivery partnership with Seattle Parks & Recreation. Park construction has begun following the Viaduct’s removal and the first piece of the park — Pier 62 — is now open.

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