33 Fainting Spells

Dayna Hanson and Gaelen Hanson in The Uninvited. Photo: Peter Mumford

“Give them an hour; they’ll remake your vision of the American dance landscape.”
—Elizabeth Zimmer, The Village Voice

33 Fainting Spells was co-founded by choreographers Dayna Hanson and Gaelen Hanson in 1994. Based in Seattle, the duo created six evening-length dance theater works and two short dance films between 1994 and 2006. Named for a 1935 play by Vsevolod Meyerhold—which in turn was an adaptation of short Chekhov pieces—33 Fainting Spells was known for combining polystylistic movement with source material drawn from literature, cinema and culture.

33 Fainting Spells’ work was supported by Creativity and Presentation grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and production grants from The New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Dance Project. 33 Fainting Spells’ work was also supported by The Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, Allied Arts Foundation, Art Matters, Inc., Artist Trust, Bossak/Heilbron Foundation, ArtsFund, The Fund for U.S. Artists at International Festivals and Exhibitions, Horizons Foundation, 4Culture, The National Performance Network Creation Fund, Seattle Office of Arts & Culture, The Seattle Foundation, and Washington State Arts Commission. The company did research and creative residencies at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival; at the European Dance Development Center in Arnhem, The Netherlands; at Centrum in Port Townsend, Washington; and were choreographers-in-residence at New City Theater in Seattle from 1995 to 1997.

In partnership with Northwest Film Forum, 33 Fainting Spells presented New Dance Cinema from 1999 – 2005. New Dance Cinema introduced Seattle audiences to the genre of dance film, giving titles such as Rosas Danst Rosas by Thierry de Mey/Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker their first-ever West Coast screenings.

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