misc. (Check All That Apply)   (2019) Choreographed by Sarah Esser in collaboration with performers Performance & text by Sarah Esser, Yves-Olivier Mandereau, & Kayla Yee  A site-specific iteration of  Check All That Apply  choreographed for the flea market of Westbeth Artists Housing.

misc. (Check All That Apply) (2019)
Choreographed by Sarah Esser in collaboration with performers
Performance & text by Sarah Esser, Yves-Olivier Mandereau, & Kayla Yee

A site-specific iteration of Check All That Apply choreographed for the flea market of Westbeth Artists Housing.

untitled studies on tension   (2018) Photo credit: Deanna Wallach for Brain Love 2018 Choreographed by Sarah Esser Performed by Jimmy Crowell II, Jason Diaz, Sarah Esser, Amy Gatewood, Youran Lee, Breanna Myers, Lea Ono, Kyra Price, Jillian Roberts, & Dana Wiener Music by J. Cole, LION BABE, Miguel, & Lolo Zouai | Edited by Sam Lee

untitled studies on tension (2018)
Photo credit: Deanna Wallach for Brain Love 2018
Choreographed by Sarah Esser
Performed by Jimmy Crowell II, Jason Diaz, Sarah Esser, Amy Gatewood, Youran Lee, Breanna Myers, Lea Ono, Kyra Price, Jillian Roberts, & Dana Wiener
Music by J. Cole, LION BABE, Miguel, & Lolo Zouai | Edited by Sam Lee

Check All That Apply: a declaration of mixed existence   (2016) Photo credit: Jo Chiang Directed by Sarah Esser Choreographed & performed by Jane Anthony, Ana Billingsley, Rachel Chung, Sarah Esser, Nico Gonzales, Dominique Siqueira Koo, Isabella Vergara, & Alexis Woodhouse Text by Kelsie Mason, Mikey Montalbano, & Steven Pacheco, featuring performance by Steven Pacheco Music by Stephan Adamow, Kaytranada, Murcof, Outkast, Devendra Banhart, & Domenico Scarlatti Lighting Designer: Laura Laderman | Lighting Technician: Charlotte Seeling Stage Manager: Caleb LoSchiavo  Check All That Apply is not a performance. It is a story circle. It is a study on community building. It is not instructional. It is a workshop for interrogating, understanding, & reinterpreting our mixed-race identities. It is not about exclusion or comparison. It is a reclaiming of the bits of our histories that are often erased. It is an expression of anger, frustration, acceptance, & love.

Check All That Apply: a declaration of mixed existence (2016)
Photo credit: Jo Chiang
Directed by Sarah Esser
Choreographed & performed by Jane Anthony, Ana Billingsley, Rachel Chung, Sarah Esser, Nico Gonzales, Dominique Siqueira Koo, Isabella Vergara, & Alexis Woodhouse
Text by Kelsie Mason, Mikey Montalbano, & Steven Pacheco, featuring performance by Steven Pacheco
Music by Stephan Adamow, Kaytranada, Murcof, Outkast, Devendra Banhart, & Domenico Scarlatti
Lighting Designer: Laura Laderman | Lighting Technician: Charlotte Seeling
Stage Manager: Caleb LoSchiavo

Check All That Apply is not a performance.
It is a story circle.
It is a study on community building.
It is not instructional.
It is a workshop for interrogating, understanding, & reinterpreting our mixed-race identities.
It is not about exclusion or comparison.
It is a reclaiming of the bits of our histories that are often erased.
It is an expression of anger, frustration, acceptance, & love.

This is an untitled dance about butts.   (2015) Photo credit: Emma Dolhai | Click image for video. Choreographed & performed by Sarah Esser Music: Giovanni Batitista Bononcini, performed by Lavinia Bertotti  Because I never asked you to touch my butt at the train station that Sunday.

This is an untitled dance about butts. (2015)
Photo credit: Emma Dolhai | Click image for video.
Choreographed & performed by Sarah Esser
Music: Giovanni Batitista Bononcini, performed by Lavinia Bertotti

Because I never asked you to touch my butt at the train station that Sunday.

TOYBOAT   (2015) Photo credit: Ashley Garrett | Click image for video. Choreographed & performed by Sarah Esser & Chuck Wilt Rehearsal Assistant: Hollie Reidy Original score by Stephan Adamow Voice by Laurent Mazouer  An exploration of fluency vs. learning, tongue twisters of the body, & the simultaneous generation of language & movement.

TOYBOAT (2015)
Photo credit: Ashley Garrett | Click image for video.
Choreographed & performed by Sarah Esser & Chuck Wilt
Rehearsal Assistant: Hollie Reidy
Original score by Stephan Adamow
Voice by Laurent Mazouer

An exploration of fluency vs. learning, tongue twisters of the body, & the simultaneous generation of language & movement.

She   (2013) Photo credit: Joseph Henry Ritter Choreography by Sarah Esser Danced by Rebecca Bass & Rebecca Walden of the Columbia Ballet Collaborative Music: Bjork, Me'shell Ndgeocello, Dmitri Shostakovich Images by Pablo Picasso, John Singer Sargent  Discovering female sexuality & complexity through timeless paintings of strong women.

She (2013)
Photo credit: Joseph Henry Ritter
Choreography by Sarah Esser
Danced by Rebecca Bass & Rebecca Walden of the Columbia Ballet Collaborative
Music: Bjork, Me'shell Ndgeocello, Dmitri Shostakovich
Images by Pablo Picasso, John Singer Sargent

Discovering female sexuality & complexity through timeless paintings of strong women.

Isn't It Pretty to Think So?   (2013) | Photo credit: Jo Chiang | Click image for video. Choreographed by Sarah Esser Danced by Rebecca Bass, Nico Gonzales, & Nick Grubbs Music by Eric Satie, Yann Tiersen Video by Jo Chiang  Questioning power dynamics, gendered relationships, love, & extreme intimacy.

Isn't It Pretty to Think So? (2013) | Photo credit: Jo Chiang | Click image for video.
Choreographed by Sarah Esser
Danced by Rebecca Bass, Nico Gonzales, & Nick Grubbs
Music by Eric Satie, Yann Tiersen
Video by Jo Chiang

Questioning power dynamics, gendered relationships, love, & extreme intimacy.

X (a self-portrait)   (2013) Click image for video. Choreography by Sarah Esser in collaboration with the dancers Danced by Adrianna Aguilar, Rebecca Bass, Julia Discenza, Julia Eisen, Sarah Esser, Nico Gonzales, Cat Haber, Nicholas Jon, Sarah Silverblatt-Buser, Zoe Tippl, Sade Udoh-Warren, Ivy Vega, & Hye-Jin Yun Music by Ray Lamontagne, James Blake, Wild Child, Mumford & Sons  Self-portraits in three dimensions. How would I paint my own portrait?

X (a self-portrait) (2013)
Click image for video.
Choreography by Sarah Esser in collaboration with the dancers
Danced by Adrianna Aguilar, Rebecca Bass, Julia Discenza, Julia Eisen, Sarah Esser, Nico Gonzales, Cat Haber, Nicholas Jon, Sarah Silverblatt-Buser, Zoe Tippl, Sade Udoh-Warren, Ivy Vega, & Hye-Jin Yun
Music by Ray Lamontagne, James Blake, Wild Child, Mumford & Sons

Self-portraits in three dimensions. How would I paint my own portrait?