Hannah C. Wiley
Founding Artistic Director, Chamber Dance Company

About the Chamber Dance Company
Founded in 1990 by Hannah Wiley, the Chamber Dance Company, composed of candidates for the Master of Fine Arts degree in dance, has enjoyed a more than twenty-year commitment from the University and has become a favorite of Seattle audiences. A Seattle Weekly critic described CDC as "a vibrant company with terrific repertory...[making] this annual concert one of the best in Seattle, local or otherwise."

At a time when much of the modern dance canon is being lost to history, the Company's mission to present, record, and archive works of historical and artistic significance is more important than ever. The UW Dance Program is proud to support this effort to ensure these dances are kept alive and accessible for local dance audiences and scholars.


"Thank you for the opportunity to work with your beautiful and dedicated dancers."
—Daniel Nagrin

"The dancers are really exceptional individually and as a group—each so distinctive—yet they blend so beautifully and dance with such a fullness and passion. The pieces look like they were made on those dancers—but the reality is that they made the dances!"
—Sarah Stackhouse

"Hannah's artistic integrity, sense of style and keen musicality are truly unique. I trust her artistic direction completely."
—Gemze de Lappe

"You have done a beautiful job with "Orfeo" and it is a special joy for me to see this poetic dance performed with such integrity and honesty."
—Gary Masters

"I can think of no other company in Seattle that I'd rather see—no matter the repertory. The purity of the dance and music is remarkable... You are Seattle's White Oak and we are lucky to have you. Thank you for the respect you give Seattle audiences by producing such an intelligent, searching event. Bravo!"
—Jean Lenihan, Seattle Dance Critic

"The troupe takes meticulous care with costumes, lighting, and of course choreography. The rigor of its art, under the direction of Hannah C. Wiley, translates into pure, buoyant delight for audiences."
— Michael Upchurch, Seattle Times

"...it takes a special kind of obsession to keep looking backward while the rest of the dance world hurtles ahead. Which is part of the what makes the project that Hannah Wiley and the University of Washington Chamber Dance Company run so special."
Sandra Kurtz, Seattle Weekly

"While the program notes inform us about the thematic ties between Alwin Nikolais and the other choreographers on the bill, as well as their place in the dance firmament, the UW Chamber Dance Company performances was not a dry, academic evening of dance history. Instead, it was a lively, often engrossing, celebration of an artform. From Oskar Shlemmer's experiments with bodies in space to the small worlds that Nikolais and Lubovitch present us, the evening was a unique opportunity to see some of the best that dance has to offer."
Marcie Sillman, KUOW

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