Upcoming Events

Wednesdays from March 4th
7-8pm

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

March 25th, 2020
8pm

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

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

Past Events

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

Feb 7-9

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

Jan 27th, 7pm

RECESS at Chez Bushwick

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

Chez Bushwick | Brooklyn, NY

Jan 16th-17th

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

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

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

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

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

∞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

∞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

∞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

∞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

¡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

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

¡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

¡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

Aug 7th

Royal Jelly

Royal Jelly is a performance experiment that brings together dancers, musicians, lighting designers and even bartenders to celebrate group improvisation and live composition. I love these nights!

Greenpoint, Brooklyn

July 26-27th

Songs Stuck in My Body

Songs Stuck in My Body goes on tour to the Providence Fringe Festival! 2 nights of performances at the WaterFire Arts Center.

Providence, RI

June 25th

DanceAction Summer Workshop

Guest teaching Flying Low & Passing Through at Carmen Caceres DanceAction's summer workshop. Teaching technique Tuesday and Thursday that week

Mark Morris Dance Studio

June 15th 2019

¡Spontaneous Combustion! #7: Openness

An improvised performance party on a secret Bushwick rooftop. Hosting, curating and performing. Performers: Luther Bangert, Ilona Bito, Sarah Chien, Michelle Micca, Kirin McElwain, Suzie Rzecznik

Bushwick, Brooklyn

June 1 2019

Workinonit

A flashy upgrade to Urban Movement Art's seasonal works in progress cabaret. Produced by Lily Kind. I'll be sharing a new solo

Philadelphia, PA

May 31st 2019

Royal Jelly

A performance experiment dedicated to improvisation and composition. Improvisers from different mediums come together to create and compose in real-time. Curated by Rachel McKinstry

Triskelion Arts | Greenpoint, Brooklyn

May 25th 2019

¡Spontaneous Combustion! #6: Return

An improvised performance party on a secret Bushwick rooftop. Hosting, curating and performing. This event kicks off the season and also celebrates my Birthday!

Bushwick, Brooklyn

April 29 2019

Free to Be Benefit Performance

Performing a short improvisation with a pianist and a tap dancer. Part of this concert choreographed by my childhood dance teacher, Elizabeth Troxler; benefiting Heidi Latsky Dance.

Martha Graham Studio Theater

April 18th 2019

Symbiosis @Spectrum, Vol 3

Curating a live music and dance performance series with Caitlin Cawley. Each night features an established pair working across disciplines and a "blind date" between two solo performers who create a new improvised work. This night includes: Argelia Arreola + Felipe Fournier, Sarah Chien + Caitlin Cawley, Mateo Liberatore + Rachel Mckinstry

Spectrum | 70 Flushing Ave. Brooklyn, NY

March 30 2019

Songs Stuck in My Body at EstroGenius Festival

Estrogenious Festival 2019 prevents Songs Stuck in My Body (full piece) as development showcase. Looking forward to meeting potential producing/touring partners

The Kraine Theater | 85 E. 4th St, Manhattan

March 16th 2019

Symbiosis @Spectrum, Vol 2

Curating a live music and dance performance series with Caitlin Cawley. Each night features an established pair working across disciplines and a "blind date" between two solo performers who create a new improvised work. This night includes: Coco Karol and Gene Sxip Shirley

Spectrum | 70 Flushing Ave. Brooklyn, NY

March 4-March 9 2019

Teaching in Ferrara, Italy

Teaching open-level Flying Low and Passing Through classes + workshop in Ferrara, Italy. Plus a creative residency with good friends.

Brussels, Belgium & Ferrara, Italy

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