Sarah J. Ewing is an Australian-born choreographer, a CityDance Resident Artist, and the Director of S. J. Ewing & Dancers. Her work seeks to leverage technology's power to augment, amplify, and deliver contemporary dance experiences. Through both theater and site-specific performances, media installations, virtual reality dance films, dance-themed computer games, and motion-tracking interactive projections, her work continually explores how our bodies move within space and how those spaces hold our bodies.
Ewing has received extensive support from the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, CityDance, Dance Place, Dance Metro DC, and CulturalDC to create and present new works throughout the District, including at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, as both an awardee of their Local Dance Commissioning Project and as one of the first artists commissioned for their recently opened REACH campus. In 2020, she made her choreographic debut for a main-stage opera for Maryland Lyric Opera's "Thais," and in 2021 was the first artist to create and present at Dance Place, DC’s leading contemporary dance theater, following COVID lockdowns with her Carla Award-winning VR film, "TECHNE."
In DC, S. J. Ewing & Dancers have presented at the Kennedy Center, Dance Place, Source Theatre, Dupont Underground, Atlas Performing Arts Center, Bread for the City, 2M, Flash Nightclub, and The Warehouse. They have also completed residencies at George Washington University (DC), Cranbrook School (MI), and Lightbox (MI). National touring engagements include Green Space (NYC), Boston Contemporary Dance Festival (MA), White Wave Dance Festival (NYC), Ailey Citigroup Theater (NYC), Your Move JC (NJ), Dance Gallery Festival (TX), CityDance Studio Theater at Strathmore (MD), and Detroit City Dance Festival (MI).
Internationally, Ewing has presented in Paris, France at the Mona Bismarck American Center for Art & Culture, Theatre Douze and the Maison des Arts de Créteil, and with the support of a Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation USArtists International grant, in Wellington, New Zealand for The Performance Arcade, New Zealand’s premier alternative arts festival. Her Virtual Reality films have been screened in Washington DC, Miami, Berlin, and Istanbul.
Ms. Ewing is on faculty at CityDance Conservatory, a leading pre-professional training program in the National Capital Region.
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