Scott Davis is a longtime dance improviser and educator based in Seattle, USA. He first studied contact improvisation at Princeton University in the 1980s and has subsequently studied, performed, and taught contact improvisation technique in multiple venues, most recently at the Seattle Festival of Dance Improvisation and for Velocity Dance Center. Scott’s approach to contact is influenced by years of work and collaboration with Cyrus Khambatta, Karl Frost, and Amii LeGendre. From 2000 to 2007 he was a company member of Lingo Dance Theater, a contemporary dance company under the direction of KT Niehoff. During that time his improvisation work was influenced by Katie Duck, Nina Martin, Karen Nelson, and Chris Aiken. He has toured and taught in Japan, Cuba, Ecuador, Germany, Canada and throughout the States. Scott has also collaborated with members of the dance faculty at the University of Washington and produced his own work in Seattle, New York, New Jersey and Ecuador. He was the artistic director of the Princeton Mime Company and co-founder of Loon Soup, a mime and physical theater company. He is a founding member of the Seattle CI Lab and was the artistic director of the Sitka Fine Arts Camp from 1997 to 2007. He is on faculty at the Northwest School.
Aiko Kinoshita is a proud mama of two little ones, a licensed massage therapist, and dance artist and educator. She has danced with numerous choreographers and performed and toured nationally and internationally, both through her former company, acornDance, and as a long time member of KT Niehoff’s Lingo Dancetheatre (until 2007). Her choreography has been presented nationally and in Canada, Korea and Japan; and closer to home at venues including Velocity, On the Boards and Bumbershoot. Aiko holds a MFA in Dance from the University of Illinois and teaches at Open Flight where she is a managing member. She taught for many years at Velocity Dance Center and Strictly Seattle and has taught at institutions and festivals including the Seattle Festival of Dance Improvisation, University of Washington, and University of Oregon among others. From 2007-2013, Aiko co-directed UMAMI Performance with Aaron Swartzman, engaging deeply in a process-oriented approach to making work focusing on combining dynamic physicality and poignant imagery to create abstract kinesthetic stories. Aiko is extremely grateful to continue to play within the language of dance through AVID. Her interest remains rooted in the rawness and immediacy of improvisation and its intersection with set material, natural physicality, dynamic partnering, technique and community. Currently, she is working on finding more courage, curiosity and patience in herself, in art-making, and in life at large.
Rachael Lincoln has been making and performing dance for over two decades. Before joining the dance faculty as an Assistant Professor at The University of Washington, she spent much of the last 15 years in San Francisco and Berlin. Her work as been presented in Germany, Poland, Portugal, Cyprus, Indonesia, and Ireland, and throughout the US. In addition to her own work, Rachael was a member of The Joe Goode Performance Group and Jo Kreiter's Flyaway Productions in San Francisco and wee dance company in Berlin. She has had the pleasure of working with many celebrated dance-makers including Bebe Miller, Sara Shelton Mann, Jess Curtis, Kathleen Hermesdorf, Nancy Stark Smith, and with her long-time collaborator, Leslie Seiters. She is in her 20th year as a dancer and Associate Director with Bandaloop. Rachael currently dedicates much of her free time to practicing with AVID, and hanging with her three year old, Henry.
Aaron Swartzman is a dancer, educator, father, and contramestre in Capoeira Angola, Aaron began dancing as a child, taking classes at Creative Dance Center and performing with Kaleidoscope Dance Company. He has danced professionally since 2001, touring to such places as Düsseldorf, Minneapolis, New York, San Diego, Cleveland (Ohio and Mississippi), Portland, Vancouver, B.C. and Nashville.
He worked with LINGO dancetheater for over a decade, performing in 4 evening length works, Speak To Me, Relatively Real, Inhabit, and A Glimmer of Hope or Skin or Light. He also worked with Amii Legendre in the creation of 2 major pieces, Oh, Bunny O and Almost Quarry, and was co-artistic director of UMAMI performance from 2007-2013, co-creating and performing the two multi-part performance cycles, Homebodies and Constellation Half-Remembered, among other work. Working with Aiko Kinoshita to create movement metaphors grounded in the extraordinariness of the everyday in UMAMI performance clarified Aaron’s interest in the fusion of set and improvised work.
Tamin Totzke is a choreographer, dance educator and improviser whose work is rooted in her fascination of the body as an archival site of personal history. She has recently begun unearthing the "Resiliency Project", a series of movement workshops and performances intended to enliven the somatic system of social engagement by bolstering human connection. Tamin collaborates with visual/performance artist Tia Kramer via their project Study of Time and Motion, studytimeandmotion.com. Creating work in venues such as the historic Georgetown Steam Plant, the shores of the Duwamish River, Henry Art Gallery, MadARTS gallery and, most recently, Seattle Art Museum. Tamin has toured nationally and internationally, with notable projects including: working with Cloud Gate Dance Theater, Taipei Dance Forum, Epic Arts, BodyCartography, Maureen Whiting, Kirstie Simson, and the film “Triptych Journey,” which toured through Mongolia, Nepal, Tibet and Bhutan exploring dance improvisation as a vehicle to engage with sacred places. Tamin holds an MFA through the University of Illinois; her work has been funded by 4Culture, Artist Trust, Duwamish Revealed and Knowles Fellowship. Tamin creates and performs with AVID and has daily dance parties with her little daughter, Avery.