Sarah Aiken is a dancer, teacher and choreographer working and living on Wurundjeri land in Melbourne, Australia. Her work investigates assemblage, authorship, scale and the self, looking at the roles of audience, performer, subject and object and connecting tangibly with audiences, to consider performance as a site for empathy & exchange.
Sarah is co-director of Deep Soulful Sweats, working with Rebecca Jensen to create work that engages rigorously with participation, waste and a reckless formalism, recycling content to consider materiality and how we come together. Their cult classic, zodiac themed participatory dance events have been running for 10 years across the world, inviting audiences into cathartic and thoughtful performative experiences.
In 2022 Sarah premiered Make Your Life Count (Greenroom Award Winner) at Arthouse and was artist in residence at HIAP Suomenlinna, Finland, Dancenorth, Townsville and STRUT Perth creating new work across stage, gallery, screen. She is a grateful recipient of the Creators Fund and the Chloe Munro Fellowship and is developing new works for stage, screen, gallery and site responsive contexts.