POSTPONED - Showing Out: Black Choreographers Festival

Updated: Feb 25


SHOWING OUT: BLACK CHOREOGRAPHERS FESTIVAL -- a mentorship and performance event curated by Dani Tirrell. SHOWING OUT supports the creation and development of work created by Black Choreographers from around the Pacific Northwest -- perfectly aligned with CD Forum's mission to support distinctive Black artistic voices. The November 2020 edition of Showing Out features work by Milvia Berenice Pacheco Salvatierra, Kiana Harris, Saira Barbaric, Sadiqua Iman, Michele Dooley, Aviona Rodriquez Brown, and Rashida KhanBey Miller. This is the first session of CD Forum's 20/21 Season's Showing Out. Artists will be showing pre-recorded works-in-progress followed by talk backs to gather feedback from audience members. The performances and feedback sessions will take place over Zoom.

November 20, 2020 7PM Pacific Time Screening of Kiana Harris’ film “Immortal” followed by audience talk back session over Zoom.

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November 21, 2020 4:30PM Pacific Time Work-in-progress showing of works by Milvia Pacheco, Saira Barbaric, Aviona Rodriguez-Brown, Michele Dooley, Sadiqua Iman, and Rashida KhanBey Miller. Showing will be followed by a guided talk back with three facilitators via Zoom break-out rooms.

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About the artists:

Saira Barbaric: Saira Barbaric (they/ze/she/he) is a nonbinary black queer creator and curator of the erotic, the bizarre and the surreal. They/he is a co-founder of Scumtrust productions, an internationally screened queer porn project, and a director of Playthey, a multimedia arts and culture collective. He/she/they/ze aims to bend genders and genres with their creations and to mark the path toward the accessible afro-future. IG: @very.freaky // cashapp: $kphoebe

Milvia Berenice Pacheco Salvatierra: My name is Milvia Berenice Pacheco Salvatierra, I am an Afro-Latin artist born in Caracas-Venezuela, where I started my career as a dancer, combining dance and theater training. For over 12 years, I danced with Danzahoy, with whom I toured, and visited renowned festivals in 15 countries, including the Danzahoy “Exodus” season at the Joyce Theater in NY (2006). In 2004 I moved to NY and worked with Rastro Dance Company, B3W / Emily Berry, and Alexandra Beller / Dancers. I have a license as a professional masseuse, graduated from the Northwest Academy of Healing, I am also a graduate of the Shiatsu program of the Ohashiatsu Institute in New York. Since I came to Seattle in 2012, I have been collaborating with different artists and groups: Threshold Ensemble, Gansango Dance Company, Etienne Cakpo, Paige Barner, Mark Haim, Kiana Harries, Fernando Luna, Claudia Castro Luna, Leo Carmona, Mirta Wymerszberg, Monica Rojas and Naomi Macalalad Bragin.

Michele Dooley is a dance artist from Philadelphia. She received her BA from The University of The Arts. In 2018 she moved to Seattle to dance with Spectrum Dance Theater and is in her 3rd season with the company. Michele is interested in exploring her voice and power, how her own identity influences everyday experiences and what is created when they connect. She is eager to continue learning and processing through movement. Venmo: @Michele-Dooley-1 Cash app: $michelefelicia

Kiana Harris: A native of Anchorage, Alaska and now residing in Seattle, WA, Kiana created and debuted her first dance film entitled “DIVINE” part l and ll in summer of 2016, available on Vimeo. Her dance films were also featured in Langston Hughes African American Film Festival Risk/Reward Festival, SIFF 1 Reel Film Festival at Bumbershoot. AJE IJO Dance Film Series has screened at Artist of Color Expo & Symposium, Translations: Seattle Transgender Film Festival and On The Boards, to name a few. She has recently screened her work internationally in the UK, Uganda, and Canada. Her mission as a filmmaker, is to reclaim imagery in a non-exploitative representation from a black womxn's lens, and it be one of many tools to drive black liberation. 'AJE IJO' Short Dance Film Series interrogates the western gender binary and elicits elements of spiritual cosmologies of Black & African diasporic people [of all genders] that emerge from the Yoruba divine consciousness, Ifa and the Orisa (deities) that comprise it.

Sadiqua Iman performs as the character Namii and uses burlesque, storytelling, and dance to deconstruct issues of gender fluidity, relationships, and what it means to “strip down”outside of sexual connotations. She is Founder/ Artistic Director of Earth Pearl Collective, a queer black womyns social justice non profit organization dedicated to healing communities through artistic collaborations. Sadiqua works as a freelance director, costume designer, teaching artist, and project manager in the Seattle area and around the country. She has directed an all woman of color cast of “A Streetcar Named Desire” to raise awareness of same sex domestic violence and created an interactive performances based on the dissappearance of queer black leadership in social justice movemets called “ We Be Dat.” In 2018 she premiered an original boi-lesque ballet called “Tail Feather” that explored female bodied masculinity at Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute. Her most recent project was directing August Wilson’s Gem of the Ocean at Chattanooga Theatre Centre in Tennessee January 2020. Sadiqua Iman is currently working on her Masters of Fine Arts in Arts Leadership at Seattle University and was awarded the 2019 Arc Fellowship award by 4Culture and used the funds to open the new Afro-centered healing arts center Nile’s Edge.

Rashida KhanBey Miller (Rashi/she/her) Artist, Educator, Founder of The Messy Movement Lab, Co-Host of Podcast Queer & Married, Co-Owner of The Lingerie Boutique The Temptress' Boudoir, and Executive Producer and Co-Star of Film Series "Sex Is A God Thing". Born and raised in Chicago, IL, Rashi fell in love with dance at a very young age studying Ballet, Jazz, Modern, Lyrical, and Sacred Dance spanning over 20+ years. She went on to receive her bachelor's degree in Theatre from The University of Illinois at Chicago to launching her professional career teaching, speaking and uplifting feminine spectrum people in healing through the storytelling of movement in live classes across the U.S. and expanding into a global audience through online education. Over the last decade, Rashi has inspired people worldwide to talk about their relationship to self-love, sensuality, and healing trauma through dance and movement as an integral part of their spiritual recovery and thriving. Rashi's work has been featured on Gene Siskel Film Center, Sisters in Cinema, OpenTV, AfroPunk, ForHarriet, Unfit Christian, The Sexually Liberated Woman Podcast, Elephant Journal,, ClexaCon Film Festival, The Black Femme Supremacy Film Festival, and more. Rashi currently resides in The Pacific Northwest spending her day's co-creating in business and life with her Spouse, Ajani Miller (he/they).

Aviona Rodriquez Brown: Aviona Creatrix instills inclusivity and accessibility, by creating multidisciplinary art to tell stories surrounding being multiracial, exploring queerness, working through mental illness, stress, navigating drug addiction, and homelessness. Using tools and resources from smART Grants and the Artist Up Scholarship The Creatrix has developed healing workshops, along with a 45-minute solo show- translated into Spanish and toured to four states. Through ongoing community-oriented youth projects, they aspire to educate the masses on self-awareness and the benefits of art alternatives when dealing with everyday stresses.


CD Forum’s Showing Out: Black Choreographers Festival is co-supported by The Nesholm Family Foundation