The 4th annual Lion’s Jaw performance + dance festival

li•on (′ən)
a. A very brave person.
b. A person regarded as fierce or savage
jaw (jô)
a. A dangerously close position.
b. The walls of a pass, a canyon or cavern.
c. A dangerous situation or confrontation.

Now in its fifth year, Lion’s Jaw is a performance and dance festival that assembles a group of over a dozen national choreographers, performers, educators and students to study, perform and create together for duration in an intensive environment and interrogate how we teach these practices today and why.

For 5 days, every day, Lion’s Jaw runs inside of a dedicated space utilizing multiple studios to foster the exchange of ideas, daily rigorous technical training and inter-disciplinary exploration to provide dance + performance artists tools and pathways into new ways of engaging with dance as both research and performance.

Anchored by two intensives, each day includes back to back classes in improvisation, technique and composition, as well as informal workshops on everything from voice, music, costuming, sound and film. In the evenings, artists, students and audiences share their knowledge and inspiration through jams, informal showings and performances.

For detailed information about the day to day format of our event please visit our format page. Bios and details on this years teaching artists can be found here.

Lion’s Jaw was built out of a desire to bring artists together. To work in close proximity. For dance-artists to spend time in duration together sweating and performing. To catalyze a small change inside of ourselves. To disassemble hierarchy and consumerism in the arts. To learn from each other and to swap toolboxes with one another around performance and dance.

* IMPORTANT NOTE: Lion’s Jaw does not tolerate racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia or xenophobia. We are also dedicated to understanding and unpacking the potential for those things inside of ourselves as a society, as organizers and as individuals.
Art needs safety to take risks. We all need to take risks to find safety *