Upcoming Events

July 18- August 31st

The Sable Project Summer Residency

Selected to participate in a 6 week art farm residency including 2 weeks of personal practice while camping on the land and collaborating with Fat Dragon Farm, and 4 weeks of collective creative process culminating in an interdisciplinary public art event.

Stockbridge, Vermont

ongoing
on-demand

A4 Virtual Residency Gallery

The first ever Asian American Arts Alliance Virtual Residency culminated in a web gallery with a page dedicated to each of 23 artists' unfinished for the public–works-in-progress. See a window into the my and my diverse cohort's processes across all artistic disciplines.

Web

Past Events

July 16th, 2021

¡Spontaneous Combustion! #12

Rescheduled from July 9th. On a summer night in Brooklyn, a secret rooftop gathering becomes a stage for spontaneous performance. Part party, part picnic, part perfomance. Performers: Sarah Chien, Oshiyi, Mai Le Ho, Kaitlin Kaufman, Lenna Pierce, Peter Redgrave, Gabriel Willow

Secret Bushwick Rooftop

May-June 2021

DANCE NOW 25th Anniversary, Chapter 6

Commissioned to create a new video dance work for the DANCE NOW 25th Anniversary season. Each chapter features a mix of archival and new commissioned work viewed in their online gallery and artist-to-audience celebrations on Zoom.

DanceNow Online

May 28th-June 18th

Friday Flying Low Classes

Teaching 4 weeks of Friday morning Flying Low classes, IN PERSON, INDOORS! I will share: frameworks for investigations into walking/running/spiraling/sliding; specific pathways for moving efficiently in and out of the floor; tools for sharing yourself fully in unpredictable spaces. Only 8 slots per class so pre-register!

68 Jay St.

June 18th, 2021

DanceNow Encore!

This outdoor, socially distanced event will feature a series of live performances and digital screenings highlighting some of the best of DN’s 2020-2021 season. I'm sharing a live performance with cellist Kirin McElwain, alongside a projection of our film "A Year Without Studios"

E 3rd Street Between Avenues A and B

June 11th, 2021

¡Spontaneous Combustion! #11: weeds

On a summer night in Brooklyn, a secret rooftop gathering becomes a stage for spontaneous performance. Part party, part picnic, part perfomance. Performers: Alisa Fendley, Evelyn Tejeda, Cora Laszlo and more.

secret Bushwick rooftop

April 23rd, 2021

The Kumah Festival

The New Shul, a progressive Jewish community, present The Kumah Festival of Faith, Art and Ideas. I will be sharing a shabbat-focused iteration of my made-for-zoom score "This Time", on a shared evening with Davalois Fearon. The evening also includes an artist talk moderated by curator Maia Wechsler.

Zoom

Dec 2020 - Mar 2021

Asian American Arts Association Virtual Artist in Residence

Selected to join an artist-led, cohort-based residency program of artists working across diverse mediums and at different career stages. Online residency gallery coming in April!

January 2021

∞therside collective Virtual Residency

In November 2020, ∞therside was finally forced to cancel our long-awaited annual residency set to take place in Budrio, Italy. In a desire to continue to find creative solutions and keep creating together, we committed to 3 weekend intensives on Zoom.

Zoom, around the world

January 9th, 2021

Arts on Site Virtual Performance Party

Salon-style event curated by Women in Motion. I'll be sharing "This Time", a short improvised work made for Zoom, about the challenges of art-making now.

Zoom & Facebook Live

April 17-19, 2020

Silo Master Class Series [CANCELLED for COVID19]

Teaching a master class at DeSales University, spending the weekend in residency Silo

Lehigh Valley, PA

March 25th, 2020

Moment's Notice Improvisation Salon [CANCELLED for COVID19]

Performing an improvised duet with percussionist Caitlin Cawley, as part of this ongoing salon curated by Cass Tunick and Olivier Besson. Free admission!

Boston Conservatory Boston, MA

March 8th, 2020

NexToNow

NexToNow is a studio salon for performing free improvisation, attended mostly by dancers, musicians and our audience supporters! Expect an intimate, low-key, experimental vibe. I'll be a featured performer (meaning I'll perform for at least 15 minutes). I believe donations are welcome from wtinesses.

Eden's Expressway | Soho, NY

March 7th, 2020

GroupMuse

GroupMuse produces intimate living room shows for classical music. I'm joining a night of classical guitar and flute thanks to the invitation of longtime collaborator, Lauren Hlubny.

Private Home | Upper West Side, Manhattan

Wednesdays from March 4th, 2020

All-level Dance Classes [SUSPENDED for COVID19]

Liberated Movement offers radically welcoming, hour long drop-in donation based class for all levels, all bodies. I'll be teaching a class based on my work with Flying Low and Passing Through, emphasizing connection, dynamic choice-making, and clarity through movement.

Battery Dance Studios | Manhattan, NY

Feb 7-9, 2020

Philadelphia Auto-Residency

Collaborating with Artist Chelsea Murphy to produce a self-powered artist exchange. We'll spend the full weekend sharing studio space, our personal practices and diving into shared interests in theatricality + physicality + improvisation

Philadelphia, PA

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Jan 27th, 7pm, 2020

RECESS at Chez Bushwick

Featured performer for studio salon hosted by Jonah Bokaer Arts Foundation.

Chez Bushwick | Brooklyn, NY

Jan 16th-17th, 2020

The Leftovers @ Never Before Never Again

The Leftovers are Sarah Chien, Hannah Wendel, Mei Yamanaka and Donnell Oakley. Presenting a new all-improvised collective work with music score by Ryan Wolfe. Part of Triskelion's annual improvisation festival. Presenting a shorter version Thursday and a longer one on Friday.

Triskelion Arts | Greenpoint, Brooklyn

Jan 12th 2019

DanceNow Encore at APAP!

DanceNow Encore features 10 performers selected from the fall festival. I'll present rollercoaster, a 5 min solo created in collaboration with Lauren Hlubny. Dinner theater venue- come have a early evening cocktail and watch a diverse sampling of dance!

Joe's Pub, New York

Dec 1, 8, 15th, 2019

Teaching at FAILSPACE

Personal • Practice • Process, a workshop focused on sharing my personal practice in both training and solo improvisation. Three, 3 hour sessions, recommended as a series although drop-in available

Abrons Arts Center | NYC, NY

Oct 19th, 2019

Workshop: Improvisation, Craft & Collaboration

As a complement to the Songs Stuck in My Body performance, Sarah and Lauren present a workshop inspired by the compositional tools used in the piece, focusing on improvisation, finding solo artistic voice, and theatrical framing

The Emporium | Knoxville, TN

Oct 18th, 2019

Songs Stuck in My Body

Songs Stuck in My Body goes on tour to the Knoxville, TNl! Presented by local dance organization, Circle Modern Dance, the program features additional works by their core members.

The Emporium | Knoxville, TN

July 25th & 27th, 2019

Master Classes at AS220

Teaching two morning master classes at Providence experimental arts hub, AS220. Flying Low and Passing Through, open level with a professional focus. $13/class

AS220 | Providence, RI

Sept 27-29, 2019

∞therside collective Workshop!

Teaching Flying Low and Passing Through as part of a collaborative workshop with ∞therside collective. Each day begins with Flying Low and Passing Through, then moves into improvisation approaches from my fellow collective members' practices

Studio 29A | Thessaloniki, Greece

Sept 28-29, 2019

∞therside collective | Less is More

∞therside collective performs 2 nights in Thessaloniki with local musicians on sax and Greek oud!

Studio 29A | Thessaloniki, Greece

Sept 26, 2019

∞therside collective | Less is More

∞therside performs outdoor as part of a night of improvisation organized by the Drama Cultural Center

Drama, Greece

Sept 15-Sept 30, 2019

∞therside collective annual residency

∞therside is an itinerant international improvisation collective whose members each hail from a different country. We meet annually for a 16 day research/creation and performance residency in one member's country. 2019 includes performances in Thessaloniki and a residency in Stavros with members from Greece, USA (me!), Italy and Switzerland

Stavros, Greece

Sept 14th, 2019

¡Spontaneous Combustion! #10

An improvised performance party on a secret Bushwick rooftop. Hosting, curating and performing. Lineup: Sarah Chien Donnell Oakley Spencer Ratanavanh Samita Singh & Friends Nico Torres Omar Zubair

Bushwick, Brooklyn

Sept 4, 2019

DanceNow at Joe's Pub

Performing rollercoaster, a new short solo work (in collaboration with Lauren Hlubny) as part of this long-running festival of dance in a cabaret/dinner-theater setting

Joe's Pub | Manhattan, NY

Aug 24th, 2019

¡Spontaneous Combustion! #8: Arc RESCHEDULED!!!

An improvised performance party on a secret Bushwick rooftop. Hosting, curating and performing. Performers: Rina Espiritu, Rebecca Fitton, Gabriel Peterson, Arianna Dunmire, Kaitlin Kaufman

Bushwick, Brooklyn

Aug 10th, 2019

¡Spontaneous Combustion! #9: Ones & Twos

An improvised performance party on a secret Bushwick rooftop. Hosting, curating and performing. Lineup:Sarah Chien, Cass Tunick + Danny Tunick, Donnell Oakley, Remi Harris + Mark Schmidt, Cat Murcek + Violetta Norrie

Bushwick, Brooklyn