// 2013 A.i.R. Dayna Hanson //


“Because my relationship with Velocity goes back to its inception, the A.I.R. experience is especially resonant for me. … Not only have I been intersecting with Velocity for a long, long time, but I’m also super jazzed about the organization’s current direction under Tonya Lockyer’s leadership.

Velocity has quickly become one of the most forward-thinking arts organizations in our community. And I love working there — the light, the feel, the energy at Velocity are so lovely.”
— Dayna Hanson


Photo / Annie Marie Musselma

Dayna Hanson is a Seattle-based choreographer, dance theater director and filmmaker. Co-founder of dance theater company 33 Fainting Spells, Dayna’s work has been presented nationally and internationally since the early 1990s, including at venues such as REDCAT, Joyce Theater, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, Walker Art Center, Miami Light Project, Kunstlerhaus Mousonturm, New York Live Arts, Dance Umbrella Austin and many others. Her dance films have screened at more than 50 festivals worldwide, including New York Film Festival and Edinburgh International Film Festival. She co-curated 33 Fainting Spells’ international dance film festival, New Dance Cinema, from 1999 – 2003.

Called “a delicious dance theatre exploration of the ironies of the American Revolution” by American Theatre magazine, Dayna’s 2010 dance theater production, Gloria’s Cause, was commissioned by On the Boards and toured North America in 2011-’12. Based loosely on Gloria’s Cause, Dayna’s first feature film, a hybrid narrative dance film called Improvement Club, premiered in 2013 at South by Southwest. In 2010-11 she collaborated with Austin-based devised theater company Rude Mechs, creating choreography for I’ve Never Been So Happy. Her choreography can also be seen in Korean director Tae Yong Kim’s 2011 feature film, Late Autumn.

“Smart, slyly hilarious absurdist theater … That leaves one in awe of the daringly unfettered acting.”
— The New York Times

Her work has received support from National Dance Project, MAP Fund, 4Culture, Seattle Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs and others. Dayna is 2006 Guggenheim Fellow in Choreography, a 2010 United States Artists Oliver Fellow in Dance and a 2012 recipient of Artist Trust’s Arts Innovator Award. daynahanson.com


DEC 9 + 10 / 7PM

Northwest Film Forum 1515 12th Ave
TICKETS $11 / $8 student + senior / $6 NWFF member + MVP

Curated by Dayna Hanson, Lou Karsen, NWFF’s new Program Director Courtney Sheenan + Tonya Lockyer. Presented in partnership with Northwest Film Forum. 

Velocity and Northwest Film Forum pair up to offer dance lovers and film lovers alike insight into how contemporary dance cinema continues to expand the possibilities of the screen with Next Dance Cinema.

New this year, our annual celebration of dance on screen is extended to TWO nights featuring the best in local, national and international dance films, plus, the winners from On the Boards’ 15-Second Dance Film Contest. (Submit yours here!)

Next Dance Cinema is followed by a weeklong run of Velocity 2013 A.I.R. Dayna Hanson’s full-length feature film Improvement Club at Northwest Film Forum Dec 13-19.

With dancemaker/filmmaker Dayna Hanson (2013 A.I.R.)
NOV 10 / 7:30-9:30PM
Velocity Founders Theater 1621 12th Ave

Seattle-based and internationally recognized dancemaker/filmmaker Dayna Hanson will share the inspiration and process of her latest work The Clay Duke about gun violence and mental health issues. After her presentation, artists of different disciplines will present one work of any medium at any stage of completion. Attendees not showing work are welcome to actively engage in discussion and share feedback. Dayna will facilitate an open and safe dialogue.


DEC 5-8 / 8PM
On the Boards 100 W Roy St

“Dayna’s creative dexterity continues to amaze me and this project will highlight her unique ability to mesh text, live music and video with choreography. ”
— Lane Czaplinski, Artistic Director, On the Boards

WATCH A gorgeous rehearsal video/Dayna interview shot at Velocity by Jim Kent (On the Boards Ambassador)

WATCH Trailer for The Clay Duke shot at Velocity by Jim Kent

Dayna’s new dance theater work, The Clay Duke, is inspired by a Florida school board shooting; produced by ArKtype and On the Boards, The Clay Duke is being developed in a series of creative residencies, including at ACT Theatre, Maggie Allesee National Choreographic Center in Tallahassee, FL and Velocity during Dayna’s tenure as 2013 Artist-in-Residence. The Clay Duke will premiere December 5 – 8, 2013 at On the Boards.

The Clay Duke is commissioned and supported through On the Boards’ Performance Production Program, produced by ArKtype and created with support from 4Culture, ACT Theatre, Artist Trust, MANCC (Maggie Allessee National Choreographic Center), The MAP Fund, a program of Creative Capital supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Noorderzon Festival; Noorderzon Festival / Grand Theater, Groningen; On the Boards, The Office of Arts & Culture, Velocity Dance Center and West of Lenin. 


Interview — “The Long, Unlikely Road to Austin”, CityArts, Rachel Shimp, April 26, 2013

Interview — “By way of SXSW, Velocity’s 2013 Artist-in-Residence ready to celebrate ‘the light, the feel, the energy’ of 12th Ave,” Capitol Hill Seattle Blog, Rachel Eggers, April 7, 2013

WATCH Interview — Dayna Hanson on Art Zone with Nancy Guppy, Seattle Channel, April 5, 2013

Interview — SXSW ’13 Interview: Dayna Hanson on Dancing Towards Her First Feature “Improvement Club”, The Moveable Fest, March 20, 2013

WATCH Interview — ‘Improvement Club’ Writer-Director Dayna Hanson and Producer Mel Eslyn at SXSW 2013, Pearl Snap Discount, March 18, 2013
Interview — SXSW Filmmaker Dayna Hanson on ‘Improvement Club’, Backstage, Mark Peikert, March 9, 2013


Preview — ‘Improvement Club’: a buoyant Seattle dance comedy

Review — ‘Improvement Club’ Review, Smells Like Screen Spirit, Don Simpson, March 20, 2013

Review — SXSW Film Reviews: ‘Improvement Club”, The Austin Chronicle, Robert Faires, March 15, 2013

PDF — Press Release, Dayna Hanson: Artist-in-Residence 2013 / March 11, 2013


WATCH Dayna Hanson “The Clay Duke” Research in 2013  MANCC Residency (FL), May 2013

WATCH Improvement Club Trailer — Dayna Hanson on Vimeo