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Sarah R Dahnke
Neighborhood: Bedford-Stuyvesant

ARTIST STATEMENT: As an artist I use movement and film to tell stories. Dance allows for a physical, embodied storytelling, while film creates a rich visual that can be accompanied with oral storytelling. When I choreograph, it’s not just about creating dance steps. I’m more interested in the natural choreographies that exist within all people and the organic movements that are created from people who aren’t trained to dance. I believe that dance is everywhere, in the way that humans negotiate space, perform work, play games, and engage in routines, and I use the camera to frame and highlight these daily dances that may otherwise be overlooked. I am a Brooklyn-based choreographer, multimedia artist, and arts educator. I create performance experiences that often feature non-performers, highlighting and celebrating the nuances of natural, untrained human movement. Under the name Round Tuit Dance Project, her choreography for stage and video has been showcased nationwide at venues such as Dance Theater Workshop, The Kitchen, CPR-Center for Performance Research, 319 Scholes, DUO Multicultural Arts Center, Milkbar, Hyde Park Arts Center, Ruth Page Center for the Arts, Gowanus Ballroom, and Grace Exhibition Space.

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2011 New York University | MPS, Interactive Technology
2003 Oklahoma City University | BFA, Dance Performance

Grants, Awards and Residencies
2015 Fellowship for Utopian Practice, Culture Push | Watermill Center Residency
2014 Experimental Film Virginia Residency
2013 Puffin Foundation Grant
2012 Artward Bound: Mount Tremper Arts Center
2011 chaNorth Artist Residency: Pine Plains, NY | Starry Night Artist Residency: Truth or Consequences, NM
2010 Live.Media.Performance Lab at EMPAC: Troy, NY | GSO Commission for Glitch
2009 Tisch School of the Arts merit-based scholarship for masters study | CAVE Choreographer’s Studio Space Grant: Brooklyn, NY

The Urgent Artist, Sarah A.O. Rosner, November 26, 2008. “Kitsch, Cliché, Australia and Big Emotions.”
Dance Docs, Nancy Garcia, December 16, 2008. “Conversation with Artist Sarah Dahnke”
Trailerpilot, January 21, 2009. “Everybody irony!”
Dance Advantage, Nichelle Strzepek, January 17, 2009. “Cest Cliché”

Tisch School of the Arts, NYU | “Everybody, Everybody! How technology can break down barriers between audience and performer.”

Selected Group Exhibitions of Choreography
2013 The New School | Art.Environment.Action | Hyde Park Arts Center, Dance Films Kino
2012 Gowanus Ballroom, Gowanus Art Fair Studio AIR
2011 Ruth Page Center for the Arts, Chicago, Core Project’s Going Dutch
2010 The Wild Project, NY, One Brave Thing | Glasslands Gallery, NY, NIME 2010 | 319 Scholes, NY, Not Spring, Not Winter
2009 Grace Exhibition Space, SITE Fest

Choreographed Performances
Attached, v2 2013 Debut: March 22 at EMP Collective
Pure Bread 2012 Debut: October at The Shelia E. Johnson Design Center at The New School
Home, 2011 Debut: August 13, 2011 at Estrella Gallery
Attached, 2011 Debut: May 1, 2011 at CPR: Center for Performance Research
Home, 2011 Debut: August 13, 2011 at Estrella Gallery
Switched, 2010 Debut: December 14, 2010 at Glasslands Gallery
Dualism, 2010 Premiere: March 6, 2010 at 319 Scholes
grasp, 2009 Premiere: August 30, 2009 at The Alice Austen House
from, 2009 Premiere: March 29, 2009 at DUO Multicultural Arts Center
This Dance is a Cliché, 2008-2009 Premiere: February 18, 2009 at Dance Theater Workshop

Dance Films
Untitled America Project, 2014
Dirty, 2013
Desert People, 2011
check:other, 2010

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