Corrie Befort

Photo: Laurent Ziegler

Corrie Befort:

Dancer, Choreographer, Designer & Filmmaker




Corrie Befort is a Seattle-based artist presented and commissioned internationally, creating award-winning dance films and performance works through rigorous collaborations for the past 18 years. She performs within and co-directs companies LIMITS with Jason E Anderson, Befort & Graczyk with Beth Graczyk, Salt Horse (2008-2015) with Graczyk and Angelina Baldoz and has collaborated with composer Tom Baker since 2001. She builds scenography, effects and costuming for these projects and for Jody Kuehner/Cherdonna, Mark Haim, Mary Sheldon Scott, select Deborah Hay soloists. Recently the set she designed for Paige Barnes’s Palms received a DanceCrush Award.

Within the last two years Corrie has directed performance scores for the Henry Art Museum within 6 Weeks, in Time and Ann Hamilton’s exhibition the common SENSE. This coming November evening-length duet Rose Blue, created with Beth Graczyk, will premiere in Seattle at Base after being presented by Triskelion Arts, NYC in 2016.

Since 2002 Corrie’s dance films have screened in festivals internationally and she teaches dance filmmaking at Cornish College. Most recently LIMITS’ dance film A Rendering was screened by CROSSROADS Festival, at the San Francisco MoMA, and screened in the NWFF Local Sightings Festival. She has had two films commissioned by The Institute for Complex Adaptive Matter, the first, Slip Cadence, a dance film about Alzheimer's Disease won an InShadow Festival Award (Portugal). Other films include Sagamihara and Two Kinds of Wind, both shot in Japan, Cut Chalk and Rota, awarded a Choreography Media Honor by Dance Camera West, L.A.

Corrie has received a danceWEB scholarship to Vienna's ImPulsTanz Festival a choreographic residency at the Rosas/P.A.R.T.S. school and graduated from Cornish College in 1999. She was recently both a soloist and designer for Scott/Powell Performance’s The SOLO(s) Project and The Withing Project, studied with Ralph Lemon (NYC), Companie Marie Chouinard (Montreal), Eric Beauchesne (Kid Pivot) and Michael Schumacher (Ballet Frankfurt).

Corrie has been teaching dance classes for people with Parkinson's Disease in Seattle for the past eight years through STG, Autism Movement Therapy in Anacortes, WA, and has developed a dance class for people in recovery from homelessness, addiction and trauma through Seattle’s Path with Art Program.

Corrie has received the Mary Levine Award for Performance Excellence, funding from 4Culture, the Seattle Office of Arts and Culture, Artist Trust, Bossak-Heilbron, and the National Endowment for the Arts among others. This past summer LIMITS had a La Figlia Art House creative residency in Fraine, Italy.