Sarah Chien is a dancer, improviser and collaborator living in New York City. After training at Illinois Ballet and BalletMet, Sarah moved to New York to attend Barnard College. Since then she has been performing in a variety of independent projects both here in New York as well as in Quito, Ecuador. In Quito, she trained with the Compañia Nacional de Danza and presented her own work through the Humanizarte Foundation. In New York, she currently performs with Jody Sperling/Time Lapse Dance, and Andre Zachery/Renegade Performance Group. Sarah was a founding member of the Window Sex Project, a Harlem-based community activism project that addresses issues of street harassment through dance. In 2012, she produced and performed The Dance Citizenship Project, an experiment in international collaboration, with performers from Mexico and Ecuador.
Sarah is presently working on her own video dance project called The Dance Postcard Project (vimeo.com/channels/dancepostcard). She is also building a solo repertoire both on the ground and in the air, as a solo dancer/improviser and a budding aerial silks artist. Her athletic movement focuses on the pursuit and the discovery of momentum.
She has continued to build a network of like-minded individuals dubbed "Floor Friends" who engage with three-dimensional, physical floor-based movement, inspired by the teachings of David Zambrano. In her improvisational investigations, Sarah draws on her identity as a “movement omnivore”. She explores the dialogue between such diverse movement vocabularies as pointe, modern and Lindy Hop. She grounds her choreography in contemporary movement, building structure from improvised interactions with external sources of inspiration such as space and props.