To me, producing is a form of artistic work and a way to build community.
The spaces I design allow people to gather, share, and exchange. I believe that welcoming, affordable, non-competitive, and communal environments create the conditions for our best work.
I'm driven to self-produce, because I so rarely find what I am looking for in existing institutions. For independent artists like myself, creating our own opportunities is born from both passion and survival instinct. It´s often the best way to ensure authentic work has room to thrive. So rather than found institutions, I build recurring events of variable duration and flexible formats. They harness the time, energy, resources and collective will that converges at a given moment.
DIY producing has taught me to simultaneously be highly detail-oriented and flexible to external conditions... a lot like improvisation itself. It´s both challenging and empowering, and always an act of love.
A supportive space to witness the magic of the moment
During the summer, I transform my Brooklyn rooftop into a stage for spontaneous performances. Revolving around a a homemade wooden dance floor, each night I curate 6 artists from dance, music and circus and more to share improvised performances. Picnic blankets are laid on the ground, homemade popcorn and drinks fuel the crowd, and between sets, the dancefloor is open to everyone.
The vibe is a performance amongst friend. Guests bring the drinks, performers bring the art. Together we create a supportive space to witness the magic of the moment.
¡Spontaneous Combustion! is portable and has also been installed on Governor´s Island, in the a house at Nolan Park.
BE A PART OF IT:
all upcoming events listing on my calendar page and then posted on facebook 3 weeks before.
slots for dancers are almost filled but reach out if you are an improviser in another performing discipline.
install the floor, work the door
Alec Lichtenberg • Kirin McElwain • Cat Murcek • Dorren Smith • Emily Climer • Katie Vason • Kirin Mcelwain • Suzie Rzecznik • Caitlin Cawley • Richard Kim • Elia Mrak • Luther Bangert • Lily Kind • Laura Jervidalo Ravn • Rina Espiritu • Rebecca Fitton • Régine Romaine • Ryan Wolfe • Kenta Thomas Naoi • Dorren Smith • Bhina Bodydarman • Maira Duarte • Francesca Ferrara • Neil Beckmann • Larkin Grimm • Anais Azul • Carmen Caceres • Thomas Bond • Nina Levine • Sydnie L. Mosley • The Lovelies • Gabriel Willow • Tim Froehlich • Matt LePage • Jeff Mclean • Yechiel Husarsky • Sarah Chien
Symbiosis @Spectrum presents live music and dance that acknowledges the humanity and agency of both the performers. Each night of the series includes a group that has an established practice combining these two forms, and also a “blind date” between two solo performers who create a new improvised work.
We’re taking over Spectrum, an experimental music venue in the Brooklyn Navy Yard, and installing Sarah’s homemade wooden dance floor in the center. The space has basic lighting, good acoustics, a grand piano, and a down-for-anything vibe.
Created and Curated in collaboration with Caitlin Cawley.
A network of dancers and teachers
Floor Friends began in 2013, when I realized there was no contemporary floorwork training available in NYC. I rented space at 100 Grand, booked a couple teachers and invited friends to train together. Soon this grew into a network of dancers and teachers interested in acrobatic floorwork.
Floor Friends produces affordable roving, pop-up class series, guest workshops and occasional performances. I collaborate with studios and independent teachers to create community around training together. Curation focuses on movement practices that can dialogue with the lineage of Flying Low and Passing Through and supporting teachers that might not otherwise share their work in NYC. Participants include professional dancers as well as curious movers of all backgrounds.