World Premiere: How to become a partisan
APRIL 25 / 4-9PM
Presented by Velocity at Saint Mark’s Cathedral 1245 10th Ave E
TICKETS $18 / $20 at the door / $12 student + senior / $15 MVP / $50 Patron

3:30-4PM Community Procession
Beginning at Velocity and ending at Saint Mark’s Cathedral, audience members are invited to participate in the inter-generational community procession that sets off How to become a partisan.

4-9PM Performance at Saint Mark’s Cathedral
A five-hour, come-and-go, immersive performance. Concessions will be available throughout the performance.
Audience members are also invited to bring canned and packaged food for the Saint Mark’s Food Bank.


“Unruly yet rigorous, feminine yet rebellious, task-like yet mischievous.”
– Wendy Perron, Dance Magazine

“Her performance pieces consider every sensual element of the environment, manipulating temperature, taste, sound, smell and textures…”
– Amanda Manitach, City Arts Magazine



Photo by Tim Summers


On the 70th anniversary of Italy’s liberation from fascism, Italian-American choreographer Alice Gosti, in collaboration with Seattle composer Hanna Benn, premieres this five-hour, come-and-go, immersive performance, sparked by a series of interviews with Italian resistance fighters. How to become a partisan merges wild physicality with haunting vocals and intergenerational choirs inside a Seattle landmark.

How do we move away from apathy and indifference into resistance? What needs to happen for us to take action? These are the timely questions driving How to become a partisan.

Original music by Hanna Benn / costume design by Deborah Trout / lighting design by Amiya Brown / performance by dance artists Colleen McNeary, Alyza DelPan-Monley, Brittani Karhoff, Noelle Chun, Lorraine Lau, Kaitlyn McCarthy,+ Leigh Sugar.

How to become a partisan is commissioned, developed, and produced through Velocity’s Made in Seattle new dance development program.




SaintMarkCOMMUNITY GATHERING: How to become a partisan
APRIL 19 / 5PM
Velocity Founders Theater 1621 12th Ave
FREE and open to all

Want to participate in the community procession on April 25 that sets off How to become a partisan? Gosti + her cast of artists will share the key themes of the project including self-organization, the spiritual/political body + collective resistance. Join the conversation, then join the procession, bearing food for the Saint Mark’s Food Bank.


Photo by Tim SummersSPEAKEASY SERIES: Stories of Collective Resistance
APRIL 19 / 6PM
Velocity Founders Theater 1621 12th Ave
FREE and open to all

What does it take for you to take action?
Gretta Harley
(co-founder of Home Alive), Lamar Van Dyke (feminist separatist/the Van Dykes), + Bronwyn Lewis (Occupy Seattle) + Tracy Rector (Longhouse Media) share stories of resistance and answer this timely question. Join us + share your perspective in this intergenerational community conversation. More info >>


writingapoemAUDIENCE LAB with Alice Gosti
May 3 / 5-7PM
Velocity Founders Theater 1621 12th Ave
FREE and open to all

Audience labs demystify Velocity performances with equal emphasis on presentation, participation, and social connection. Alice Gosti will share video clips of artists who inspired her immersive performance practice, including Britain’s DV8 Physical Theater and Flemish legend Jan Fabre; take participants through an experience of the ideas driving her new work, How to become a partisan; followed by a group dialogue, facilitated by a guest artist, reflecting on the work’s April 25th premiere.





ALICE GOSTI is an architect of experiences. While her background is mostly in dance and choreography, she uses all media to create a cohesive environment in which the viewer is invited to both experience and perform. Born and raised by the dynamic art duo SANDFORD&GOSTI in Perugia, Italy, she trained at Associazione Culturale Dance Gallery with Valentina Romito and Rita Petrone. At 19, Alice moved to Seattle, where she received a B. A. in Dance from the University of Washington with a focus in choreography and experimental film.

Alice has received the Vilcek Foundation Creative Promise award in Dance, the 2012 danceWEB scholarship from ImpulsTanz; and, for How to become a partisan, an Artist Trust Gap Grant 2014 and a Seattle Office of Arts and Culture individual project award 2015. She has been awarded residencies and smaller prizes all over the world. Gosti is Velocity’s 2015 Artist in Residence.

Alice’s work has been presented in Italy, Germany, Japan, and on both coasts of the United States. Her project, Spaghetti CO. toured as part of Velocity’s SCUBA National Touring Network, and had the honor of being the last piece presented at the Joyce Soho in New York City, before the theatre closed. She has been presented in Northwest New Works, Seattle International Dance Festival, and Velocity’s NEXTfestNW, Bridge Project, Fall Kick-Off, and Guest Artist Series.

In 2013, Alice inaugurated Yellow Fish // Epic Durational Performance Festival, the only festival worldwide dedicated to durational performance. As a performance curator, Alice has also been in charge of Modern Dance Behind the Pink Door, Under Constructions (Velocity Dance Center) and various smaller events in collaboration with the Satori Group and the NEPO 5K don’t RUN.



HANNA BENN is a composer and vocalist currently residing in Seattle, WA. She is a graduate of Cornish College of the Arts, where she studied composition and sacred vocal music. Benn is the co-founder of Pollens, a Seattle-based experimental pop band. Her works and arrangements have been performed by various ensembles including Saint Marks Cathedral Choir (Seattle), Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, the CMF Festival Orchestra, Saint Helen’s String Quartet, Seattle Chamber Players and Opus 7. She is currently on commission with the Northwest Symphony Orchestra and a recipient of the National Science Foundation grant to create a site-specific work.




READ Article – “Surviving Durational Performance: Yellow Fish Softens a Tough Medium.” T.s. Flock. Vanguard Seattle. August, 22, 2014.

READ Feature “Beautiful Dreamer.” Amanda Manitach. City Arts. July 29, 2013.



Review – “Partisan creates time, and space to reflect” Seattle Dances. May 7, 2015.

READ Review“25 aprile, la perugina Alice Gosti spiega agli americani «Come si diventa partigiani»” Umbria 24. April 28, 2015.

Review“Joy, Redemption And Sacred Spaces.” Marcie Sillman. And Another Thing… April 27, 2015.

READ Feature “The celebration that never happened.” Imana Gunawan. The Daily of the University of Washington. April 27, 2015.

READ Preview – “Artist Alice Gosti steps toward activism in ‘How to become a partisan.'” Anna Goren. The Seattle Globalist. April 23, 2015.

Feature – “How Do You Dance About Technology and Fascism? Choreographers Kate Wallich and Alice Gosti Discuss Ambitious New Shows.” Melody Datz Hansen. The Stranger. April 1, 2015.

READ Spring Arts Calendar Dance as Spectacle. Seth Sommerfeld. Seattle Met. March 2, 2015.

READ Spring Arts Guide – Brangien Davis. Seattle Magazine. March 2015.

READ Feature“A Piece of Resistance.” Amanda Manitach. City Arts. February 24, 2015.

READ Preview“Alice Gosti Goes to Church.” Sandra Kurtz. Seattle Weekly Spring Arts Preview. February 10, 2015.