Dawit Seto an Ethiopian contemporary dancer and choreographer. He completed an artist’s residency in choreography at Cité des arts, France and holds a diploma in dance from Ecole des Sables, Senegal. Dawit’s work pioneers the study of movement language within Ethiopia’s extensive traditional dance archive. With his ongoing creative research practice, Movement Vocab, he develops a new dance technique informed by the traditional and historical background of Ethiopian culture.
Through his performances and choreographies, he creates an inventory of somatic language from the collective memory of Ethiopian bodies and makes it available to the contemporary audience. He has performed and presented his pieces on noteworthy stages across Ethiopia and internationally.
Dawit is a co-founder of Contemporary Nights, organizing events showcasing the works of emerging and established artists in and around Addis Ababa. He collaborates with Addis Guzo, a non-profit providing mobility aid for people living with disabilities. He co-directs, movement for life, a contemporary dance training program for the physically disabled.