SEED Festival by Li Chiao-Ping Dance returns June 19-25


Li Chiao-Ping Dance (LCPD) announces the return of the company’s Summer Exploratory Experimental Dance Intensive and Performance Festival (SEED Festival) from June 19-25 in Oregon and Madison.

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Li Chiao-Ping, the artistic director of Li Chiao-Ping Dance, is the Sally Banes Professor of Dance and a Vilas Research Professor in the School of Education’s Dance Department.

This year, the SEED Festival will offer in-person movement opportunities and dance classes for pre/professional dancers, young dancers, and community members to join together in a celebration of movement. Movement classes daily will include contemporary technique, mind-body/Somatic explorations, panel discussions, improvisation, floorwork, storytelling, and a creative workshop culminating in a new work to be performed at the end of the week.

Classes Monday through Friday will be held in LCPD’s Oregon studio, as will a performance on June 24 at 6:45 p.m. (address to be sent to festival registrants). Saturday offerings, including a performance at 7:30 p.m., will take place in Lathrop Hall (1050 University Avenue, Madison).  Classes are $15 per class, or $200 for the entire festival.

This year’s performances will highlight messages of social change and amplify stories of identity and calls to action. Both performances are free and open to the public, and a livestream link will be available.

Nearly 30 years ago, LCPD was founded with a mission to promote tolerance and respect for all people, by making work that is inclusive and that celebrates diversity through dance. This year’s SEED Festival offerings will create opportunities for everyone to have fun, be challenged, and learn something new while challenging hegemonic dance norms in the spirit of critical thought and social action.

Learn more about the SEED Festival and register for classes and events at lcpdance.com/seed.

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