WORLD PREMIERE: bodies of water

world premiere BODIES OF WATER
A site-specific performance by Alice Gosti
JULY 16 / 5-10PM
Seattle Waterfront Park 1401 Alaskan Way
FREE + open to all

“unruly yet rigorous, feminine yet rebellious, task-like yet  mischievous.“
– Dance Magazine

“Hypnotic, meditative, and profoundly beautiful, it left you with a certain sense of calm  despite the heavy issues at its core.“
– SeattleDances



Friends of Waterfront Seattle presents Bodies of water, a 5 hour hybrid performance spectacle by Italian-American choreographer Alice Gosti, in collaboration with composers Hanna Benn and Benjamin Marx, produced by Velocity Dance Center.

Bodies of water is architected as a celebration of the city of Seattle, while reminding us of the complex relationship the city has with its waters. This timely new work is inspired by its location – the Seattle Waterfront – and compelled by ideas of water as a natural element, spiritual/cyclical entity, transitional space, and port. Bodies of water is a political performance touching on the ideas of immigration and refugee crisis, Native American fishing rights in the northwest, and water ecology.

A five-hour song cycle, composed and performed by Benjamin Marx (Degenerate Art Ensemble), includes a traveling choir with song by Hanna Benn, the Beaconettes, percussion, amplification of water and park sounds, and poetry by Giacomo Leopardi and Alice Gosti.

Costume Design by Rachel Ravitch. Lighting Design by Amiya Brown (Spaghetti CO., Amy O’Neal, Zoe|Juniper). And a group of 8 Seattle super star dancers – Alyza DelPan-Monley, Lorraine Lau, Kaitlin McCarthy, Amy Ross, Erin Johnson, Sabina Smith-Moreland, Hallie Scott and Ariana Bird.

How do we celebrate Seattle?
How do we celebrate a city, without forgetting the complex history that has made it what it is?
How do we celebrate and remember our own history?

These are the timely questions driving Bodies of water.




The performance will be FREE, which will allow access to anybody at any point of the event.
HELP MAKE IT POSSIBLE by donating to Alice’s Hatchfund Campaign!



about the artists

Alice1_TimSummersALICE GOSTI is an Italian-American choreographer, hybrid performance artist, curator and architect of experiences, working between Seattle and Europe since 2008. Gosti’s work has been recognized with numerous awards, commissions and residencies including being a recipient of the 2013 Vilcek Creative Promise in Dance Award, the 2012 ImPulsTanz danceWEB scholarship, the 2015 inaugural Intiman Theatre’s Emerging Artist Program as a Director, the Bossak/Heilbron Award, the Seattle Office of Arts and Culture Award, and an Artist Trust GAP Grant. Gosti was also a two-time Cornish Artist Incubator Awardee, Velocity Dance Center’s 2015 Artist-in-Residence, is Seattle University 2016 Artist-in-Residence and University of Washington’s bst artist in residency.

In 2015, Velocity commissioned, produced, and presented Gosti’s critically acclaimed 5-hour immersive performance How to become a partisan—  a multi-disciplinary event inspired by the Italian Partisan Movement, and the unremembered women who changed the course of history and the concept of resistance. 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.

Gosti has worked as a performer and collaborator with artists Sara Shelton Mann, Keith Hennessy, Carolyn Carlson, Mark Haim, amongst others. She is the founder of Yellow Fish // Epic Durational Performance Festival, the world’s only festival dedicated exclusively to durational performance—international artists create original performances presented at at various sites throughout Seattle.