Sarah Michelson is a British choreographer and dancer who has lived and worked in New York since the 1990s.

Artist Bio

Dogs is an evening-length dance that incorporates the work of an architect and a sculptor. The work is allusive in meaning and abstract, with many references to ownership, luxury and stardom. Five performers dance in and outside of Claude Wampler’s spiraling sculpture and Dominic Cullinan’s cages, stencils and spheres; at the end, they perform a requiem by longtime collaborator composer Mike Iveson. This piece was created specifically for the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Harvey Theater, where it premiered in 2006.

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Sarah Michelson

Brooklyn, NY

British-born choreographer Sarah Michelson has been based in New York City since 1991. She has been commissioned by the Lyon Opera Ballet and has had her work presented by Performance Space 122 in New York, The Walker Art Center in Minneapolis and Seattle’s On The Boards. She has also been presented by The Kitchen, Danspace Project at St. Mark’s Church, Movement Research at the Judson Church and Improvisation Festival/NY, all in New York; as well as the New Performance Gallery and Dancers Group in San Francisco; Die Pratze Dance Festival in Tokyo; La Porta in Barcelona; and London’s Chisenhale Dance Space. Her 2002 work, The Experts, was commissioned by Baryshnikov’s White Oak Dance Project. Michelson received two consecutive “Bessie” Awards in 2002 and 2003. She has received funding from Arts International’s DNA Award.