photo by Tim Summers

photo by Tim Summers

How to become a partisan is an immersive durational performance inspired by the Italian Partisan movement that during WWII liberated Italy from the Nazi-Fascist. In the specific the piece looks at the invisibility and visibility of women in history and in contemporary time. How do we move away from apathy and indifference into resistance? What needs to happen for us to take action? These are the timely questions driving How to become a partisan.

The premiere was April 25th, 2015, on the 70th anniversary of the Liberation of Italy, in the Saint Mark's Cathedral in Seattle, as part of Velocity’s MADE in SEATTLE new dance developmnet program. 

Directed and Choreographed by Alice Gosti. Original music by Hanna Benn / costume design by Deborah Trout / lighting design by Amiya Brown / performance by dance artists Colleen McNeary, Alyza DelPan-Monley, Brittani Karhoff, Noelle Chun, Lorraine Lau, Kaitlyn McCarthy,Leigh Sugar.

How to become a partisan is an immersive durational performance created by Alice Gosti with Hanna Benn. It  was commissioned, produced and presented by Velocity Dance Center’s Made in Seattle and Artist In Residency (AiR) Programs. This work was also made possible by Case Van Rij, Artist Trust Grants for Artist Project, the City of Seattle Office of the Arts and Culture’s CityArtist Project Grant, Cornish Artists Incubator Residency, Verdecoprente Festival and Jack Straw Cultural Center. With contributions by Tim Summers. Thank you to our sponsor, The Pink Door Restaurant.

Listen to more tracks at

READ Feature – “How Do You Dance About Technology and Fascism? Choreographers Kate Wallich and Alice Gosti Discuss Ambitious New Shows.” Melody Datz Hansen. The Stranger. April 1, 2015.
READ Spring Arts CalendarDance as Spectacle. Seth Sommerfeld. Seattle Met. March 2, 2015.
READ Spring Arts Guide – Brangien Davis. Seattle Magazine. March 2015.
READ Feature“A Piece of Resistance.” Amanda Manitach. City Arts. February 24, 2015.
READ Preview“Alice Gosti Goes to Church.” Sandra Kurtz. Seattle Weekly Spring Arts Preview. February 10, 2015.