The Seattle Project presents Amanda Morgan's "Chapters" [In-Person Only]
Needs-based, pay-what-you-can: $0-5-10
General admission: $25 (Suggested)
Pay it forward: $35
(Amanda Morgan, US, 2023, 60 min, in English)
The Seattle Project presents Chapters, a live dance performance, and a film showcase featuring film, home video, poetry, music, and photography. Chapters will focus on five black femmes – Akoiya Harris, Ashton Edwards, Nia-Amina Minor, Amanda Morgan, and Kenya Shakoor – highlighting previous chapters of their lives, and their current chapter. This new full-length explores ancestry and upbringing along with the intersections of Blackness and femininity.
The Seattle Project is a platform for and a network of interdisciplinary artists collaborating to create new work and dance that is accessible to the community and uplifts BIPOC and LGBTQ+ artists. The Seattle Project’s mission is to build connections among creators within and across disciplines, highlight local diverse artists, and provide equitable community access to movement-based performance.
- Director and Choreographer: Amanda Morgan
- Cinematography and Photography: Kenya Shakoor
The photography and cinematography for Chapters were made possible by a grant from the Washington State Arts Commission.
Ticketing, concessions, cinemas, restrooms, and our public edit lab are located on Northwest Film Forum’s ground floor, which is wheelchair accessible. All doors in Northwest Film Forum are non-motorized, and may require staff assistance to open. Our upstairs workshop room is not wheelchair accessible.
The majority of seats in our main cinema are 21″ wide from armrest to armrest; some seats are 19″ wide. We are working on creating the option of removable armrests!
We have a limited number of assistive listening devices available for programs hosted in our larger theater, Cinema 1. These devices are maintained by the Technical Director, and can be requested at the ticketing and concessions counter. Also available at the front desk is a Sensory Kit you can borrow, which includes a Communication Card, noise-reducing headphones, and fidget toys.
The Forum does NOT have assistive devices for the visually impaired, and is not (yet) a scent-free venue. Our commitment to increasing access for our audiences is ongoing, and we welcome all public input on the subject!
If you have additional specific questions about accessibility at our venue, please contact our Patron Services Manager at email@example.com. Our phone number (206-329-2629) is voicemail-only, but we check it often.
Made possible due to a grant from Seattle Office of Arts & Culture, in partnership with Sensory Access, our Sensory Access document presents a visual and descriptive walk-through of the NWFF space. View it in advance of attending an in-person event at bit.ly/nwffsocialnarrativepdf, in order to prepare yourself for the experience.
NWFF patrons will be required to wear masks that cover both nose and mouth while in the building. Disposable masks are available at the door for those who need them. We are not currently checking vaccination cards. Recent variants of COVID-19 readily infect and spread between individuals regardless of vaccination status.
Read more about NWFF’s policies regarding cleaning, masks, and capacity limitations here.
Photo credit: Kenya Shakoor
About the Artists:
Amanda Morgan (she/her) is from Tacoma, Washington. Amanda joined Pacific Northwest Ballet as an apprentice in 2016 and was promoted to corps de ballet in 2017 and to soloist in 2022. In addition to her dance career, Amanda is a newly established choreographer. She has choreographed for Pacific Northwest Ballet’s Next Step Program, premiering her works “Pages” (2018) and “The Argument” (2019) at McCaw Hall. She also was selected to be a choreographer in the Seattle International Dance Festival in 2019. In 2019, Amanda won a residency at Northwest Film Forum and Velocity Dance Center, giving her the opportunity to create her own show at Northwest Film Forum. Later in 2019, she launched her project titled “The Seattle Project” which is a group of collaborative artists, led by Amanda, that creates new work and dance that breaks down accessibility barriers in the community. In February of 2020, she had her first show “The How of It Sped” premiere at Northwest Film Forum, and in July of 2020 she created and premiered her piece “Musings” for Seattle Dance Collective’s Continuum Program. In October of 2020, Morgan made her first piece for Pacific Northwest Ballet’s Digital Season. Ms. Morgan was named “25 to Watch” in Dance Magazine for the 2020 year. She also has been featured on the National Endowment for the Arts podcast in February of 2021.
Kenya Shakoor (she/her) is a self-taught visual artist and lifelong Washington resident. She held her debut photo exhibition Dreaming in Black in 2019. The exhibition was an ode to the awe-inspiring softness and grace so intrinsic to Black life. In 2022, Kenya presented an original workshop at Tacoma Art Museum entitled Framing Portraiture as an Act of Love, exhibited a new photo series at Wa Na Wari’s Walk the Block, and was named as a finalist for The Current, an artist award from Tacoma Art Museum. This year she joined the Tacoma Arts Commission and the commission’s diversity, equity, and inclusion subcommittee to further illustrate her love and advocacy for Tacoma’s creative community. She is committed to visual storytelling that facilitates conversation and expands our collective imagery. Keep up with her upcoming projects by visiting her website kenyashakoor.com.
Ashton Edwards (they/them) is from Flint, Michigan. They studied at the Flint School of Performing Arts and Pacific Northwest Ballet and attended summer courses at Joffrey Ballet Chicago, Houston Ballet, and Pacific Northwest Ballet. Ashton joined Pacific Northwest Ballet as an apprentice in 2021 and was promoted to corps de ballet in 2022. While a student at Pacific Northwest Ballet, Ashton performed in Company productions of George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker® and Kent Stowell’s Cinderella. They performed leading roles in Christopher D’Ariano’s Follower and Joshua Grant’s Bright Young Things for PNB’s NEXT STEP choreographer showcase. Ashton is a recipient of the 2021 Princess Grace Award. They have performed with Amanda Morgan’s The Seattle Project and was on the cover of the July 2021 Dance Spirit Magazine.
Akoiya Harris (she/her) is a Seattle based movement artist. She graduated from The Ailey School’s Certificate Program and has performed as a company artist with Donald Byrd’s Spectrum Dance Theater. Akoiya has recently shown her own work at Seattle Art Museum, Wa Na Wari, MadArt Gallery, Northwest Film Forum, and in 12 Minutes Max. She has the pleasure of teaching students at Pacific Northwest Ballet, Ailey Camp, and Spectrum. Outside of her movement practice, Akoiya does work in cultural preservation through the collection of community members oral histories. Akoiya was recently named one of Seattle Theater Groups Artist in Residence.
Nia-Amina Minor (she/her) is a movement artist originally from Los Angeles. She approaches her practice as an imaginative space grounded in rhythm where improvisation, Black vernacular movement, and choreography meet. Her creative work focuses on the body and what it carries using physical and archival research to explore memory and history. Nia-Amina has presented work in St. Louis, Seattle, and Los Angeles. She holds a MFA from UC Irvine and a BA from Stanford University. From 2016-2021, Nia-Amina performed with Spectrum Dance Theater. In 2021, she was recognized as Dance Magazine’s 25 Artists to Watch.In 2021, Nia-Amina was recognized as Dance Magazine’s 25 Artists to Watch. Currently, she is a dance curator at Wa Na War and a Velocity Dance Center Made in Seattle Artist in Residence.
Janelle Abbott (JRAT)
Janelle Abbott (JRAT) (she/her) was born into the fashion industry—her parents owned a clothing manufacturing company where they produced Tencel garments in Seattle for over 20 years. This early exposure to the behind the scenes of garment production gave Janelle a sense of reverence for the labor involved in creating clothing. She received a BFA in fashion design from Parsons School of Design in 2012. In the face of the exploitative labor and environmental damage perpetrated by corporate fashion, Janelle decided to carve her own path—one committed to upcycling, sustainability, hand craft, and the zero waste design methodology. Densely pleated, boldly clashing, and unexpectedly rhythmic, Janelle’s work is scrappy, unapologetic, and a testament to just how much time and energy it takes for real humans to manufacture and produce every consumer product we engage with.