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Al Fresco Showing of the PNB Dance Film Festival August 5 at Dusk, Mural Ampitheatre at Seattle Cent

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2nd edition of Pacific Northwest Ballet’s Dance Film Festival to receive free screening en plein air.

Saturday, August 5, 2023

Mural Amphitheatre at Seattle Center

FREE screening to debut at dusk (around 9PM).

Seattle Center – 305 Harrison Street

Seattle, WA 98109

SEATTLE, WA – Pacific Northwest Ballet, in partnership with Seattle Center, is excited to announce that the second edition of its PNB Dance Film Festival will have a free outdoor screening at the Mural Amphitheatre. The evening of 12 short dance films will screen at dusk (approximately 9:00 pm) on Saturday, August 5. The Mural Amphitheatre is located on the Seattle Center campus, conveniently situated between the Armory and the Pacific Science Center, in the shadow of the Space Needle. 

The brainchild of PNB soloist and filmmaker Price Suddarth, the PNB Dance Film Festival was born during the pandemic, from an unprecedented explosion of creativity during COVID lockdowns that stretched the art form in ways never experienced before. Through the Dance Film Festival, PNB seeks to amplify dance films and emerging artists by showcasing their work with PNB’s audiences in Seattle and beyond. (The festival originally screened online. This will be its first public airing in Seattle.) 

“Dance films offered a welcome breath of innovation and accessibility during the pandemic while serving as a lifeline for the profession,” said PNB Artistic Director Peter Boal. “Even as we return to live performance, we recognize the extraordinary artistry and expression films capture. The PNB Dance Film Festival aims to champion these creations and encourage aspiring artists in the process.”

An esteemed panel of industry professionals – Guggenheim Works & Process executive director Duke Dang, teacher/choreographer Silas Farley, former dancer/educator/administrator James Fayette, choreographer Jessica Lang, and PNB associate artistic director Kiyon Ross – reviewed submissions and selected the films to be showcased and shared with audiences when the festival premiered online this past spring. The line-up includes: 

A Liminal Space

Henry Wurtz, Seattle Dance Collective

Running time: 14:45


I Don’t Need a Reason

Luke Willis, Attic Box Productions

Running time: 3:03


Dear Roots; An Interview

Darian Kane, Artists Climate Collective

Running time: 12:01


The Pointe

Morgan Dukes

Running time: 9:01


5 Favorite Things

FLOCK, Seattle Dance Collective

Running time: 23:42


One Last Ride

Anastasia Babenko

Running time: 7:35


The Choreography of CRISPR

Gabrielle Lamb, Pigeonwing Dance

Running time: 12:45



Sonhador Filmes

Running time: 9:11


With Time We Go

Emma Rubinowitz

Running time: 15:13


Authentically Me

Gabriel Speiller, The University of Arizona

Running time: 2:39


The Conversation

Hayden Rivas

Running time: 3:15


An Open Window

Mairead Averill, Spectrum Dance Theater

Running time: 3:19


Seattle Center’s Mural Amphitheatre is an outdoor gathering space built on a natural hillside. It is the Puget Sound Region’s only mid-sized amphitheatre located in the heart of Seattle Center just minutes from downtown Seattle, and serves as a primary venue for concerts during the major summer festivals. The PNB Dance Film Festival is not a part of the Amphitheatre’s Friday night “Movies at the Mural” summer series. For additional information about Seattle Center including parking and more, visit www.seattlecenter.com/visitor-info. 

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Pacific Northwest Ballet’s outdoor screening of the PNB Dance Festival is a Seattle Center Co-Produced Event. The 2nd PNB Dance Film Festival premiered as part of Pacific Northwest Ballet’s 2022-23 50th Anniversary Season, and was made possible by Glenn Kawasaki. Pacific Northwest Ballet’s 2022-23 season was proudly sponsored by ArtsFund and Microsoft. Special thanks also to 4Culture, National Endowment for the Arts, and The Shubert Foundation. PNB’s 2022-23 digital season was made possible by Katherine Graubard and William Calvin. PNB media sponsorship provided by The Seattle Times.

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