"Built on a foundation of cross-medium and collaborative performance projects, my choreography provides visceral experiences for performers and audiences.
I seek alternative performance sites and platforms to challenge the norms of audience engagement and to invite my collaborating artists, alongside our audiences, to explore the integration of art with the actions, tools, and locations used in pedestrian life. Through site-specific performances, media installations, dance-themed computer games, and motion-tracking interactive projections, I continually explore how our bodies move within space and how those spaces hold our bodies.
At this time of universal upheaval and isolation, I believe it is critical to enlist innovative ways to present art that is both accessible and engaging. With a commitment to leveraging technology to provide artistic experiences to my audiences, I am currently building Virtual Reality projects that immerse viewers in 360-degree videos of my choreographic work. Within these virtual landscapes, where we question our experiences of perspective, interaction, and proximity, I am finding my most rich explorations of the definitions and interrelations of space, site, and body in performance."
Sarah J. Ewing is an Australian born choreographer, a CityDance Ignite Artist, and the Director of S. J. Ewing & Dancers. She builds art at the intersection of dance and technology through long-term collaborations with Dylan Uremovich and Jonathan Hsu. Their work has been created and presented for theaters, site-specific and pedestrian locations, and virtual reality platforms. Ewing has received extensive support from the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, and alongside Uremovich, was one of the first artists commissioned by the Kennedy Center for the new REACH campus. In 2020, she made her choreographic debut for a main-stage opera for Maryland Lyric Opera's Thais. Ewing has also been commissioned by the Kennedy Center, CityDance, CulturalDC, Georgetown University, and Dance Metro DC. She has presented throughout the District, including Dance Place, Source Theater, and Dupont Underground, and toured her work to New York, Detroit, Houston, Boston, France and New Zealand.
S. J. Ewing & Dancers leverage technology's power to augment, amplify, and deliver contemporary dance experiences. They have received extensive support from CityDance, Dance Place, and CulturalDC to create and present new works throughout the District. In DC, they 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. The company has also completed residencies at Cranbrook School and Lightbox in Detroit. S. J. Ewing & Dancers 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), and Detroit City Dance Festival (MI), as well as the Mona Bismarck American Center for art & culture (Paris, France) and New Zealand's premier alternative arts festival, The Arcade (Wellington, NZ).
Photo Credit Maggie Picard