Contemporary Performance Practice
Sarah is a performance practitioner, researcher and lecturer, with specialisms in ecological performance, intergenerational practice and chronic pain in performance. Her research interests include:
- performance and ecology
- (re)wilding performance
- collaboration and devised performance
- chronic pain and disability in performance and dance
- intergenerational practice
- child and nontrained performers
Sarah's current practice-led research, Ecologies of Pain, explores how lived experiences of chronic pain can contribute knowledge about connecting and relating to wider ecological pain.
Her practice sits between contemporary performance, live art and choreography. She directs and co-devises performances with a diversity of collaborators, including children and adults, professional and nonprofessional performers, disabled and non-disabled people, and nonhuman materials. Inclusion, collaboration and diversity underpin her approach. Her work is politically and philosophically based in ecological thinking: she aims to enact our human entanglements in wider environmental and social ecologies through how and what she creates. Her practice-based PhD with the University of Glasgow explored and developed an ecological practice, where she researched and developed methods of devising, directing and intergenerational collaboration that can be understood to 'be' and 'do' the ecological. Sarah has published and presented internationally on her research, with publications in journals such Performance Research and Research in Drama Education (RiDE).
Recent performance work includes Unlikely Duets: Laura and Lauren (2018, Imaginate), for which she collaborated with Laura Bradshaw to devise a duet performed by Laura and 13 year-old Lauren McCreath, Making Routes (2017) and Wild Life (2016). For Making Routes she was commissioned by Battersea Arts Centre, South London Gallery and Oasis Play to devise a relaxed performance in collaboration with an ensemble of disabled and non-disabled young performers between 6 and 23 years old. The production explored play-fighting through dance and activities with lots of recycled foam off-cuts. It challenged who gets to play-fight and be wild in the context of disability. For Wild Life, produced by Platform, Sarah directed and co-devised an intergenerational dance performance with 8 professional and nonprofessional performers between 9 and 70 years old. The piece was an exploration, celebration and embodiment of wildness.
Sarah is a lecturer in Research and Contemporary Performance Practice at RCS, and is a visiting lecturer at the University of Glasgow.
PhD, University of Glasgow
Performance (in) ecology: a practice-based approach1 Oct 2012 - 15 May 2017