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About the Artist

Lynn Tofil (Seattle) is a choreographer, dancer, and writer interested in art with an allegiance to truth. She has danced professionally in Seattle since 2014, working with choreographers such as Pat Graney, Wade Madsen, and Dylan Ward (Sleep Nod). She is currently a member of HYPERNOVA Contemporary Dance Company (Rainbow Fletcher). She directed and produced her dance film, Trials & Errors, in 2014 in Detroit, Michigan. That same year, she received her BS degree in dance from Wayne State University. Her performance experience ranges from site-specific improvisation to dancing in a music video in a giant owl costume.

Along with performing, Lynn writes for local dance publication, SeattleDances. She premiered her first professional stage work, step one., in 2017 in Seattle's 12 Minutes Max. step one. is the first iteration of her GAP receiving work, Things That Need To Be Done.

Lynn received 2018 GAP Award funding to produce Things That Need To Be Done, a dance surrounding the subject of high functioning mental illness. A lifelong sufferer of anxiety/depression herself, she sought to abstract the experience in performance. The work is durational, with many beginnings, loops, and false endings.

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From the Artist

Receiving this grant not only makes me feel recognized as an artist, but gives me hope that this work will prompt more discussion on mental illness. Having the opportunity to showcase this exploration is invaluable.

Lynn Tofil