Artist In Residence: Shannon Stewart

Shannon Stewart and Ellery Burton in RELATIVES. Photo by  Lauren Hind

Shannon Stewart and Ellery Burton in RELATIVES. Photo by  Lauren Hind

RELATIVES is a movement and light meditation on the (in)visibility of identities - seen, felt, heard, remembered, presented, and "repeated to form what appears a natural being." or a relative one. or two relatives. 

RELATIVES will be presented at 10 degrees on Monday, July 30th at 9 PM. 
Free for SFDI attendees, $5 suggested donation for general public

Shannon Stewart is a choreographer who was born in the south, raised in the Pacific Northwest and is currently based in New Orleans.  She works with people and bodies of all kinds to make dances for stages, films, galleries, parades, music clubs and any other places of intervention. Her work has toured and screened internationally and she has danced professionally for Deborah Hay, tEEth, zoe|juniper, Salt Horse, Dayna Hanson, and many others.

Shannon’s performative work has been presented by Definitive Figures Feminist Performance Festival, Marigny Opera House (New Orleans), IDOCDE at ImpulsTanz (Vienna), On The Boards, the Risk/Reward Festival, Velocity Dance Center, Pivot Arts (Chicago), Cowles Center (Minneapolis), Philadelphia Dance Projects and in many other venues and cities. Shannon has an MFA in  Interdisciplinary Performance from Tulane University and a BA in Urban Design from the University of Washington. She's proposed an open source method called Body Based Theory Practice and presented her research in dance symposiums in the US and Europe.

Shannon came of age in Seattle as an artist and organizer, co-founding the Vera Project, researching and writing the book for the All-ages music movement nationally, and acted as Capital Campaign and Interim Executive Director of Velocity Dance Center, raising the funds to move and establish the organization in its current home on 12th Avenue.

For more information about Shannon and her work, see her website: