"The two-weekend SIDF, produced by Khambatta Dance Company, melds professional dance culture—including an Inter|National series with performers from Israel, Guinea, and Ghana—with an easygoing summer atmosphere. The mysterious 'Sanity Café,' a cabaret of new pieces based on themes picked by SIDF audiences, will wrap up the nine-day festival with a late-night event in a secret location." (Melody Datz) $15-$50.
A world premiere by Donald Byrd featuring live musical renditions of Robert Schumann's Dichterliebe and settings of poet Heinrich Heine's Lyrisches Intermezzo. Spectrum Dance Theater at $20-$25.
Dancers from Seattle and the rest of the country perform new work by well-known choreographers. $12-$18.
"The Can Can Castaways, as we've often said in The Stranger, are like a gateway drug for modern dance. People show up at the subterranean, red-lit bar, order a few drinks, expect to see some hardbodies dancing—and they get that. But what they also get is the expert choreographer by Rainbow Fletcher and her team of dancers and designers (often the dancers are the designers) who create dreamscapes from the Moulin Rouge to a bondage club in Tokyo. Fletcher and her team have also performed at On the Boards and other, more august venues, and their marriage of artistry and sensuality is excellent." (Brendan Kiley) $10-$45.