Contemporary Technique, Performance and Improvisation Tutor
Alice Sara graduated from London Contemporary Dance School with a first class BA (Hons) degree and joined 4D (LCDS's postgraduate performance company, now ‘Edge’) where she danced in work by Wayne McGregor, Richard Alston, Yael Flexer and Stephen Hughes, and went on to complete her MA in 2000. On graduating, she became a core member of ‘seven sisters group’, co-devising and performing in major projects in varied locations, including a forest, Selfridges, the Royal Opera House - Clore Studio, European mainline railway stations, and working as both performer and rehearsal director for Like a Fish Out of Water in seven sisters group’s partnership project with English National Ballet. She has also performed nationally and internationally in works by Deborah Hay, Tom Dale, Maresa Von Stockert, Andreja Rauch, and in film and multimedia projects with Deborah Tiso, including the channel 4/Big Dance film Big Sofa . She currently dances with Lizzi Kew Ross & Co, most recently performing Being There in St Paul’s Cathedral.
Through her extensive performance and creative work, Alice has become increasingly focused on the subtleties and interplay of audience/performer, and the relationship of event and site. This informs her ongoing collaboration with architectural research fellow Dr Rachel Sara, with whom she has co-authored and presented this research in various contexts. These ideas have informed a series of choreographic works including ‘Body Stories in a Peopled Space – v.1 & v.2’ created in collaboration with dance artist Clare Baker and presented at the AHRA Transgressions conference – MShed Bristol, ICA, Blackheath Halls, ‘Rosemary Butcher in the Present Tense’ at Siobhan Davies Studio. Alice and Clare have most recently devised and presented Betweens and Aparts, a collaborative performance project at Tate Exchange in collaboration with Dr Rachel Sara and composer Ronen Kazokoro with Dance and Music students from Trinity Laban and Architecture students from the University of the West of England.
Alice has taught at Trinity Laban for over a decade, teaching Contemporary Dance Technique, Improvisation and Performance. Her technique class aims to develop an articulate, efficient and expressive use of the body in motion, informed through her wide-ranging experience in dance and somatic movement approaches, including her diploma in Pilates Matwork Teaching, and her broad experience of devising and improvisational processes, varied audience/performer relationships and performance contexts influence her approach to rehearsal direction, improvisation and performance mentoring.
- MA – Contemporary Dance – London Contemporary Dance School/University of Kent
- BA (Hons) – Contemporary Dance – London Contemporary Dance School
- Diploma – Art, Media & Design – University of the West of England
- Diploma – Pilates Matwork – The Place/Pilates Foundation
Outputs & Publications
- Sara, A and Sara, R. (2006) ‘Between the Lines – Experiencing Space through dance’ Transactions Vol. 3, Issue 1, April, pp 95-105
- Sara, R in collaboration with Sara, A (2015) Between dance and architecture. In V. Hunter (Ed.), ‘Moving Sites: Investigating Site-Specific Dance Performance’(pp 62-77). London: Routledge.