The Cabiri 


The Cabiri integrates aerial and modern dance, storytelling, and puppetry with movement and creative arts to capture the essence of "performative mythology." Through productions, workshops, written materials, and online resources, we draw stories from the timeless volumes of folklore and mythology to expand awareness, tolerance, and appreciation for cultural arts. We share our unique form of storytelling and dance theater to over 10,000 audience members each year in theaters, festivals, street fairs, parks, schools, and community centers. We present at least two large-scale theatrical dance productions annually. What makes the troupe unique is the how intimate this ancient storytelling becomes, using performance, spectacle and dance to create a mystical experience coined "Cabiria."

Mission Statement
The Cabiri preserves the mythology and folklore of endangered and extinct cultures through theatrical productions and presentations.
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The Cabiri
PO Box 21186 
(206) 659-9307 

John S. Murphy 
Artistic Director 


The Cabiri Programs

Public Performances
The Cabiri appears at festivals and events throughout the region, including: Burien Arts-A-Glow, Arts In Nature Festival, Burien Strawberry Festival, DaVinci Days Festival, Circus of Dreams, Kirkland Uncorked, and the Moisture Festival. Major self-produced events include: “Gods of the Night,” “Carpathian Dawn," "Tarhun: Legend of the Lightning God" and our annual "Ghost Game" Halloween dessert theater cabaret, now in its ninth year. In 2014, the Cabiri presented the first installment of the TEA Trilogy - TEWAZ at the Cornish Playhouse. In 2015, the next installment of the TEA Trilogy - EZID will be performed June 12-20 at the Cornish Playhouse.

Performance Workshops
The Cabiri sponsors multiple forms of education in performing arts, including workshops in mask-making, character development, physical theater, and aerial dance. We offer a regular series of four- to eight-week classes in trapeze, aerial silks, hoop, and aerial sling.

Apprentice Training Program
We offer an apprentice program for prospective troupe members, and provide formal training for up-and-coming aerialists and physical theater performers in the techniques we use to bring to life the unique characters in our productions.

Recent Successes and Current Challenges

In 2014, over 3,000 people attended our three self-produced shows: “TEWAZ," "13 Witches," and “Carpathian Dawn.” In addition, we are continuing to develop a formal outreach program, visiting schools and neighborhood groups to connect with the community. Our workshops and classes are well attended by members of the community who want to take part in arts and cultural activities. In the last three years our attendance has grown from one class a week for 12 students to four classes a week with 12-16 students per class.       

In 2012, the Cabiri was admitted to 501 Commons Springboard Program for arts organizations, and in 2014, the organization has begun implementing its 3-year strategic plan.     

Of particular note, since we became incorporated in 2000, the organization has never operated under a financial deficit, nor do we have any outstanding funds owed to independent contractors or vendors. In our 13-year history, we have experienced steady linear growth of 10-15% each year, and 2010 marked our first year exceeding $100,000 in total income (not including in-kind donations). Since 2010, we have continued to grow our financial, volunteer, and donor base, and in 2013 our annual income was $145,000.

Currently our challenge is finding adequate resources to compensate the cast of 12 dancers and acrobats who work with us on projects. Their time on stage is compensated, but the hundreds of hours they spend in training and rehearsal is not compensated. The Cabiri is focusing upon resource development for the support of our artists in 2014 and beyond.


The Anunnaki Project is a small arts organization offering many events that are unique and free in partnership with neighborhoods, community centers and schools.

Festivals and arts organizations approach them with invitations to perform at their events. Their performances are well attended but the majority are free and do not generate revenue.

They are celebrating their 10-year anniversary. They are a small organization that has expanded their board and are working to diversify their funding sources. They rely heavily on volunteers.

They receive support from the city of Seattle Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs and 4Culture.

Grant History with The Seattle Foundation:

Grants Awarded through The Seattle Foundation Grantmaking Program:

9/10/2009 $3,000.00support general operating expenses.


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