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Past Event

Devotion: Flesh & Blood Pop-Up Performance

Jan 9 2020

Seattle Art Museum

Simonyi Special Exhibition Galleries

7 PM – 8 PM

In celebration of Flesh and Blood: Italian Masterpieces from the Capodimonte Museum, SAM has invited movement artists Alice Gosti and Lavinia Vago to perform physical responses to Flesh and Blood in the exhibition galleries.

Both Italian-born and now living in Seattle, these two dancers will explore the theme of devotion present in the exhibition.

7 pm Alice Gosti
7:15 pm Lavinia Vago

The evening will include an informal Q&A where the artists will share their process and approach to responding to the artworks.

About the artists

Alice Gosti's work has been commissioned and presented nationally by On the Boards, Velocity Dance Center, Seattle Art Museum, Intiman Theatre, Vilcek Foundation at the Joyce (NY), ODC Theater (SF) as part of the SCUBA national touring network, Risk/Rewards Festival (PDX) and Performance Works Northwest (PDX). Internationally, her works have been presented in Italy by Associazione Culturale Dance Gallery, Teatro Stabile Dell’Umbria, Premio Equilibrio Roma, Rassegna per la Giovane Danza D’Autore, Anticorpi XL, FAST di Terni, Verdecoprente/Associazione Ippocampo and Museo Civico di Palazzo della Penna.

Dance Magazine has described Gosti’s work as “unruly yet rigorous, feminine yet rebellious, task-like yet mischievous,“ and described How to become a partisan as “hypnotic, meditative, and profoundly beautiful[.] [It] left you with a certain sense of calm despite the heavy issues at its core.”

Lavinia Vago Lavinia Vago is a Seattle-based dance artist from Italy, working between Montréal, New York, Berlin, and Vienna. She holds a BFA Magna cum Laude from Cornish College of the Arts. Lavinia has created, performed and toured internationally with Sidra Bell Dance New York, Loni Landon Projects, Vim Vigor Dance Company, Tom Weinberger, Saint Genet and more extensively with Montrèal based RUBBERBANDance Group. She recently performed in Tianzhuo Chen’s new 12 hours performance “Trance”, which premiered at M WOODS in Beijing.

As an educator, Lavinia teaches improvisational contemporary practices, Dance Church®, the RUBBERBAND Method, and Dance for People with Parkinson’s Disease. She also works as a choreographic assistant and rehearsal director for choreographers Victor Quijada, Loni Landon and Kate Wallich. She is Associate Artistic Director of Studio Kate Wallich, the Rehearsal Director for YC2 and has been co-directing, creating and performing with Kate Wallich and The YC since 2010. Lavinia researches, creates and performs solo works, most recently collaborating with Berlin-based artist Harald Stojan. Their work “NOESIS X, a solo for two” premiered in February 2019 at Velocity Dance Center.

Image: Atalanta and Hippomenes (detail), ca. 1620–1625, Guido Reni, Italian, 1575–1642, oil on canvas, Museo e Real Bosco di Capodimonte.

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