One of Seattle’s most unique arts festivals begins today. Yellow Fish // Epic Performance Festival XV brings a full month of durational performances. (Defined by the festival guidelines, a performance can be up to 48 hours, but most will last a few hours.)
Founder Alice Gosti began the festival a few years back, inviting a crew of performers and dancers to make durational work, even if they don’t ordinarily work in that medium. The durational aspect forces the performer to adapt and innovate (not just to the length, but to the non-traditional spaces), which has made participation very generative to the practice of alums. Performers from the previous year will nominate participants for the following year and do not participate again, meaning each year comes with a completely new roster. Read more about last year’s Yellow Fish festival in my review of it.
Most of the performances will happen at the Hedreen Gallery, whose fishbowl exterior will allow passersby in Capitol Hill to just happen upon the (from the outside) inexplicable actions of the performers inside. This is one of the benefits of the festival; it creates a sort of intervention, an encounter with the unexpected that reminds all who happen upon it that there is plenty of creativity bubbling up in this city.
Of course, I recommend actively seeing some of the performances. Most happen during the day, so this can be tricky if you work downtown. Another benefit of the durational aspect is that, though the performances evolve throughout, one is not expected to stay through the entire time. Most people come and go for just a small portion of it.
The festival is free, too, with one exception (a $5 cover for a July 31 performance at Century Ballroom). The festival is donor-supported, so if you are so inclined, you can make a tax-deductible donation until July 9 on Hatchfund.
Yellow Fish // Epic Performance Festival XV
When: July 8 to August 5, 2015
Where: The Hedreen Gallery, unless otherwise noted below (901 12th Ave)
July 8 and 9, 1:30 PM to 6 PM: Le Weatherman / Le Weatherman Sekuler
July 10, 1:30 PM to 6 PM: Juan Franco July 10th 1:30-6
July 11, 1:30 PM to 6 PM: Le Weatherman / Le Weatherman Sekuler
July 13, 1:30 PM to 6 PM: Pol Rosenthal *at New Tomorrow (underground at 10th and Pike)
July 15, 6 PM to 10 PM: Jody Kuehner AKA Cherdonna Shinatra *at 10 degrees (1312 E Union St)
July 16 and 17, 1:30 PM to 6 PM: Mimi Allin
July 22, 1:30 PM to 6 PM: Jody Kuehner AKA Cherdonna Sinatra
July 23, 1:30 PM to 6 PM: Mother Tongue / kt shores and Angelina Baldoz
July 25, 1:30 PM to 6 PM: LIMITS / Corrie Befort and Jason Anderson
July 29, 6 PM to 10 PM: BRACE EVANS *at Northwest Film Forum (1512 12th Ave)
July 30, 1:30 PM to 6 PM: Paul Budraitis
July 31, 1:30 PM to 6 PM: Keith Chz
July 31, 1:30 PM to 6 PM: Underscore *at Century Ballroom (915 E Pine St) $5
**Curated and produced by Velocity’s International Seattle Festival of Dance and Improvisation (SFDI)
August 1, 9 AM to 11 AM: Dancing the Systems and scores for local urban ecologies / Jennifer Monson *at Velocity Dance Center (1621 12th Ave) **Curated and produced by Velocity’s International Seattle Festival of Dance and Improvisation (SFDI)
August 1, 1:30 PM to 6 PM: Ryan Vinson
August 3 and 4: McKenzie and Hatlo *at New Tomorrow (underground at 10th and Pike)
August 5, 1:30 PM to 6 PM: Laura Curry and Lori Dillon
Megumi Shauna Arai will also perform in this year’s festival.