Sarah Aiken is a Melbourne based performer, choreographer and teacher originally from Bellingen NSW.
Through solo and collaborative practice, her work investigates the roles of audience, performer, subject and object, employing repurposed materials, objects, sound, light to distort & manipulate perspectives, and connect tangibly with a broad audience to consider performance as a site for community, for empathy & social exchange.
Choreographic work includes SARAH AIKEN (Tools for Personal Expansion)(Keir Choreographic Award 2016, Metro Arts 2017), SET (Dancehouse Residency 2015, Dancemakers Toronto 2018), Light, colour and quiet conversation (Brunswick Mechanics Institute 2018, TO MAKE/TO DO Neon Parc 2018),Three Short Dances (Les Plateaux de la Briqueterie. Paris 2015, KCA 2014), Set (Piece’s for Small Spaces 2013, EDC Solo Festival of Dance 2014) created new work with students at the VCA, Collingwood College (with Dancehouse/Rotary), An Artist in Your Backyard as well as a range of collaborative and interdisciplinary projects across music, live art, film and visual arts. Recently she worked with Nicola Gunn to create movement for Working with Children (MTC 2018, Liveworks 2018).
Sarah was a 2017 danceWEB scholar at Impulstanz Vienna and in 2018 completed a program of residencies, performance and network development across Europe and North America.
Sarah performs in Underworld and is also choreographer for the piece, along with Rebecca Jensen, who together have a long history of creating experimental choreography and performance in theatres, galleries, community, film, music & site responsive contexts.