"I choreograph dance-theatre work that engages the intersection of multiple artistic mediums to create visceral experiences for the performer and audience. My work is driven by the discovery of how high-level, athletic contemporary dance can inform and influence, and in turn, be informed and influenced, by other art forms.
I believe that contemporary art needs to reflect modern culture, and so I search for ways to meld the everyday experience of life with dance in my choreographed works. I predominantly use site-specific locations for performances to further explore the meeting point of art and everyday life by actually inserting the art itself into a pedestrian setting.
My current creative work focuses on integrating dance and interactive projection technology. Technology is now an instrumental part of our lives and melding its precise nature with the esoteric and expressive qualities of dance allows me to investigate the influence and engagement society has with it.
The ability for art to illuminate how a subject may be viewed from multiple perspectives is to me a fundamental principle of contemporary art. Through cross-medium collaborations, I can achieve this."
Sarah J. Ewing is an Australian born choreographer, a CityDance Ignite Artist and the Director of S. J. Ewing & Dancers. She engages the intersection of dance and technology to make performance and installation work for theatres as well as site-specific locations. She has been commissioned by the Kennedy Center to create an installation for the Moonshot Studio for the REACH Opening Festival in fall 2019, and will choreograph her first main stage opera in the spring. Ewing is the recipient of multiple Artist Fellowship and Project, Event and Festival Grants from the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, a Local Dance Commissioning grant from The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and a Dance Metro DC Dance Connect grant. Her company, S. J. EWING & DANCERS, has presented work throughout DC with the support of Dance Place, CulturalDC and CityDance at venues including the Kennedy Center, Dupont Underground, Dance Place, Atlas Performing Arts Center, Source Theater, Bread for the City, 2M, Flash Nightclub, and The Warehouse. S. J. Ewing & Dancers have completed residencies at Cranbrook School and Lightbox in Detroit and were recently presented in New Zealand’s premier alternative arts festival, The Arcade. The company has toured across the US to 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), Detroit City Dance Festival (MI), as well as the Mona Bismarck American Center for art & culture (Paris, France). Sarah has held several positions at CityDance over the last nine years including Conservatory Faculty, Conservatory Managing Director, and currently Grants Manager and Technology Specialist.
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