SARAH AIKEN is a Melbourne based dance artist originally from Bellingen, NSW. Since graduating from VCA (Bachelor of Dance) 2009, Sarah has pursued a wide range of experiences to develop her practice as a dancer, teacher and maker, drawing inspiration from choreographic and somatic practices, travel, conceptual, live and visual arts. Sarah pursues an ongoing interest in how and what we value, utilizing dichotomies and aiming to create poignancy through absurdity.
Sarah is a recipient of Australia Council for the Arts, ArtStart, and Ian Potter Cultural Trust Fund, spending time in Europe developing her practice and creating work.
Performance credits include work by Natalie Abbott, Jo Lloyd, Shian Law, Carlee Mellow, James Welsby, Brooke Stamp and Aphids, Deanne Butterworth/Linda Tegg, Ben Speth, Eliza Dyball and Maria Hassabi.
Sarah’s choreographic work includes Three Short Dances (Keir Choreographic Award, Dancehouse 2014, Carraigeworks 2014), SET (Lucy Guerin Inc. Piece’s for Small Spaces, 2013, EDC Solo Festival of Dance 2014) Now Something Really Final (K77, Berlin 2012), Jurassic Arc (Dancehouse, Melbourne Fringe 2012) as well as a range of collaborative and interdisciplinary projects across music, live art, film, photography and visual arts.
Sarah is currently working toward a new work to be presented in 2015 as Dancehouse’s Housemate XV.
REBECCA JENSEN is a Melbourne based, performer, choreographer and teacher hailing from West Auckland New Zealand, graduating from the VCA (BA Dance) 2009. Rebecca’s choreographic work includes Within An Inner 2011 Lucy Guerin’s Pieces for small spaces, Here (Ponderosa, Stolzenhagen 2012), as well as various short performances at major and minor festivals gallery openings and events. Her current work in progress Pose Band (Vacant Room, PACT Sydney 2013) will be presented at PACT Centre for Emerging Artists in 2015. Rebecca’s work investigates how unseen forces and histories impact on the body. Her fascination with the human forms ability to provide a plethora of references at every given moment is spurred on by the ever-increasing mass reproduction and re-contextualisation of information via digital technologies.
Rebecca was a recipient of Australia Councils, Arts Start and an Ian Potter Cultural Trust travel grant, whisking her abroad to expand her practice in New York, Germany, France, Vienna and Istanbul.
Notable performances include works by Jo Lloyd (Future Perfect 2011, Noise 2013, Confusion for 3), Sandra Parker (Document 2011, Live View), Natalie Abbott (PHYSICAL FRACTALS 2012, 2013), Balletlab (Above 2010), Phantom Limbs & Luke George (TRTH & FNTSY Best Dance, Melbourne Fringe 2013), Ben Speth, Corinna Berndt, Renae Shadler, and Brooke Stamp with Aphids.