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Mary Sigward (she/her) is a Seattle-based independent artist, kinesthetic thinker, and movement teacher. She uses movement to explore and disassemble the human experience. Born and raised in Cincinnati, Mary graduated magna cum laude and with honors from the University of South Carolina with a B.A. in Dance Performance and minor in Biology. During her time at USC she enjoyed performing an extensive repertoire with works choreographed by George Balanchine, Paul Taylor, Thaddeus Davis, Tanya Wideman-Davis, Lynne Taylor-Corbett, Gianni Di Marco, Helen Pickett, and Twyla Tharp. She has attended workshops and intensives with Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Lemon Sponge Cake Contemporary Ballet, Visceral Dance Chicago, Spectrum Dance Theatre, and Complexions Contemporary Ballet. 

 

Since graduating she has performed with Spectrum Dance Theater under the direction of Donald Byrd (2015-2019, 2022), Stone Dance Collective (2019-2020, 2022), Khambatta Dance Company (2019-2022), and Karin Stevens Dance (2020-2022). She has performed in Seattle, New York City, Austin, Philadelphia, Denver, Oakland, Newport (RI), Buenos Aires, Busan, and Mumbai.

In 2022 she formed MS+A, a creative hub for her interdisciplinary choreographic projects. Her work has been performed at 12 Minutes Max (WA), the Seattle International Dance Festival, and by de la Dance Company (Cincinnati, OH), the Island Dance Company (Langley, WA), and the Academy Program at the School of Spectrum Dance Theater. She has completed residencies at Centrum (WA), Vashon Artist Residency (WA), Moulin/Belle (Mareuil en Périgord, FR), and the University of Washington. Mary has had the joy of being the Academy Coordinator for the School of Spectrum Dance Theater since 2017, where she works with and mentors aspiring pre-professional students.

Click here to view her full CV. 

I value intention, earnestness, and curiosity in my work. I am interested in the intersection of movement with the natural world, digital and visual art, landscape architecture, kinesiology, and literature. I am interested in exploring the limits of the human body through dance.

I am not interested in making work that is trendy or of the time. Instead I want my work to transcend time and reach a broader audience.

photos: Marcia Davis

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