Sarah Chiesa

Deborah Slater Dance Theater

“Performance is about making people think, feel, contemplate, and embrace ‘being.’  My intention as a performer is to share my experiences as a human being, dancer, healer, and a woman. I build my physical practices from improvisational scores that tap into the active imagination and stem from the emotional, sensorial, and physical sense of the experience itself.”

Sarah Lisette Chiesa is an interdisciplinary artist and performer originally from upstate New York and currently located in San Francisco, California. She has lived and worked in the United States, Europe, Mexico, and Venezuela.  She attended North Carolina School of the Arts for High School, received a BFA from SUNY Purchase College in 2004, a Postgraduate in Choreography from the Salzburg Experimental Academy of Dance SEAD in 2014, and received her MFA from University of Washington in 2020. She has studied marble carving and body casting at the Canossa Scuola di Scultura in Reggio Emilia Italy in 2016, which has become an important component of her work as a maker. Sarah was a full-time company member with Shen Wei Dance Arts in New York for many years and continues to perform as a guest artist with this group. As a freelance dancer she has worked with artists such as Kazuko Hirabayashi, Sidra Bell, Noemie LaFrance, Tania Perez-Salas, Stefan Dreher, Hubert Lepka, Yang Jiang, Franca Ferarri, Brian Brooks, Daniel Charon, and AVID Seattle based improvisation group.  As an interdisciplinary artist she has collaborated with filmmakers, designers, photographers, and musicians such as Dom Bouffard, John Mattuizzi, Jacopo Foggini, Yuval Avital, Pier Giorgio Casotti, Mario Vighi, Luciano Bosi, Fabrizio Orsi. She has presented her artwork in places such as Springboard Danse Festival (Montreal),  Duo Emergence Gallery and Dumbo Dance Festival, The Widow Jane Mine (New York), Centro Cultural de la Florida (Santiago, Chile),  Republic  Theater (Salzburg), Spazio Gerra, Teatro San Prospero , Rimini Live Festival,  Mutty Gallery, and Centro Studio Archivio Museo CSAC (Italy), 1Shanthiroad Gallery (Bangalore), Meany Studio Theater , Oxbow Gallery, ASUW Shell house, and  Design in Public AIA Festival (Seattle). As an educator she has taught in institutions such as  Aterballetto, Balletto Toscano, Nuovo Balletto Classico, and CIMD Milano (Italy), Shen Wei Dance Arts (NYC), Shoonya Center for Somatic Arts and School of Performing Arts (Bangalore, India), University of California at (Santa Barbara, CA), University of Washington and Velocity Center (WA), and Roco Dance Mill Valley (CA).

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