SARAH COUNCIL DANCE PROJECTS
Sarah Council Dance Projects was formed by choreographer Sarah Council as a platform for choreographic investigation and the creation of new works. These works emerge from a collection of personal experiences, research and observations. They are shaped by extended periods of exploration that give rise to an intimacy between the dancers that is deeply felt by audiences.
Council’s choreography has been described as “uncommonly honest and expressive” by The Washington Post.
Council’s movement plays with momentum, dynamic contrast and breath while maintaining a physical and emotional clarity that is detailed and precise. Her choreography is grounded in a visceral theatricality, producing dances that are thought provoking and emotionally transporting. Her works range from intimate observations of daily life and relationships to wider focused explorations of pressing social justice issues.
SCDP has received support from the Queens Council on the Arts, The Puffin Foundation and The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities. SCDP was chosen by The Queens Council on the Arts to participate in the LEAP Dance Project, a leadership and capacity building program for Queens artists. Council’s choreography has been presented in numerous venues in NYC including: The Green Building, The 92nd St. Y, The LaGuardia Performing Arts Center, The Flea Theater, The Secret Theater, The LABA Theater, The Riverside Theatre, Green Space, Triskelion Arts, Topaz Arts, Merce Cunningham Studio, Dance New Amsterdam, Gowanus Arts, Times Square Arts Center, and also at Dance Place (DC), The Jack Guidone Theater (DC), Franklin Marshall University (PA), Glema Mahr Center for the Arts (KY) and Jacksonville Episcopal School (FL). Council received a commission from the Glema Mahr Center for the Arts (KY) in 2013 for the expansion of Staring at Stones, a work that takes a look at Appalachian culture. In 2014 she was commissioned to set a new work on the students of Jacksonville Episcopal School, in Jacksonville, FL. At both locations SCDP also conducted residencies; teaching master classes and dance-making workshops.
SCDP has performed throughout the New York City Public Schools in collaboration with arts education organization, Together In Dance. As a teaching artist, Council has conducted residencies sharing creative movement and modern dance with children of all ages throughout New York City, New Jersey and Washington DC and North Carolina. She has worked with Together in Dance (NYC), The New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJ), The Wolf Trap Institute of Early Learning for the Arts (NC,DC and NJ), American Dance institute (DC), Dance Place (DC) and Joy of Motion (DC).