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“Imana Gunawan’s tribute to victims of systematic violence, vestiges, to those who couldn’t hold on, was a softly beautiful work of bodies perpetually tumbling and circling, mimicking the rose petals that fell from the ceiling throughout the piece.”

From the Editor’s Notebook: June, SeattleDances


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“‘I think the perpetual challenge is finding your individual voice while still being rooted to the communities that nourish you,’ Gunawan said. ‘For me, these communities are often groups of people that have been historically pushed aside. I want to continue honing in on creating work that never loses sight of where I come from and work that honors the shoulders I stand on.’”

NW New Works Festival artists bring local politics in to their performances, International Examiner


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“My mindset is ‘You can beat me but you can't beat my outfit.’ … Even though I often use clothing as an armor, it's never been about hiding anything. It's about amplifying the elements of myself that fuel me the most on a particular day and use it to tell a story.”

Seven Seattleites in outfits that say something, KUOW


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“These moments conjure up images of resilience; their confidence seems to say Despite the mayhem of the world around us, we own what we do with the obstacles in front of us.”

Moonshine: Community cabaret, SeattleDances


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“‘It’s a residue from a past project exploring what it means to be in the Indonesian diaspora and exploring ancestry from far away,’ says Gunawan, who grew up in Jakarta. ‘Traveling to different places, there’s always mythology about the moon that teaches us lessons about how the world is larger than we are.’”

The healing flavor of Moonshine, CityArts


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“An elaborate headpiece makes its way through the audience, demanding attention before it’s even seen. Beneath the headpiece is Imana Gunawan, who slithers and retreats, gathering momentum almost as if she’s storing it inside her grandiose skirt. … Even though her gaze penetrates the audience, there’s an air of mysticism in her presence. Flowers are scattered on the floor in a half moon shape and an ornate, gold-hued set design provide a background. Her satin red skirt flows behind her, a regal trail of fire.”

Ancestral reverence, SeattleDances


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“Work by recent UW grad Imana Gunawan seems to be popping up everywhere these days, and it’s worth keeping an eye out for this prolific choreographer.”

Something for everyone at BOOST, SeattleDances


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“Imana Gunawan’s spotless technique and understated performance quality stood out”

Au Collective glitters in GOLD&SKIN, SeattleDances


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“Set on a slippery white tarp atop the stage … The shifting of movement in different groupings sparked a meditation on self-reflection and consciousness, and sparkled with each assisted lift or solo suspension.”

AMERICAN DANCE GUILD Festival Fetes the Modern Dance Community's Triumphs, Broadway World

 

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