SARAH LOUISE KRISTIANSEN

CHOREOGRAPHER • DIRECTOR

ABOUT

Sarah Louise is a Danish choreographer who splits her time between Copenhagen and choreographing work internationally. She choreographs contemporary, ballet and opera performances in London, across Europe and internationally for companies such as Copenhagen Opera Festival (DK), Constella Opera-Ballet (UK), Helios Collective (UK), The Aequietas Collective (UK/IS), Opera Holland Park (UK), Dance at Socrates (USA), the ICA (UK) and the Gwangju Biennale (South Korea). 


As an artist, Sarah Louise is interested in the contemporary-classical form and its possibilities to renew itself within and beyond current modes of presentation. She is specifically interested in creating work that invites new audiences into performative spaces, while remaining devoted to the craftsmanship of choreographic practise.


Sarah Louise completed her Bachelor in Dance at Kingston University specialising in choreography and composition. After completing her studies, Sarah Louise worked in London while establishing her choreographic practise in the contemporary-classical genres. In 2019, she completed the Nordic Master in Dance Studies from NTNU in Trondheim, Norway.


photocredit: Lene Pels

Sarah Louise runs Copenhagen International Arts Collective.

The collective gathers international artists in a cultural producing community in Copenhagen, Denmark.


Copenhagen International Arts Collective premiered the collective's first full length title Echoes of Spring at Dansekapellet in August 2020. Echoes of Spring was generously supported by Augustinus Fonden, William Demant Fonden and Ballettens Venner. This was followed by the production I TID (In Time) in 2021 with support from Augustinus Fonden and Wilhelm Hansen Fonden. 


Sarah Louise is also the artistic director of Making Dance Happen which tours internationally every year. Making Dance Happen was established in order to provide opportunities for artists to gain international experience within the performing arts, while contributing to arts education in local communities. Making Dance Happen runs yearly participation, artistic development and outreach programmes for children and young people in Peru.

HIGHLIGHED

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE


Other:


Ta-Da (2022)

Short, film (dir: Taylor Hudson)


Midsummer Solos (2021)

Dynamo workspace, Dansekapellet


SHE SPOKE ASHES (2021)

R&D for The Aequitas Collective (DK, UK, ISL)


INSTANT COMPOSITIONS

For Passage Festival 2020


RIPPLE MIRROR (R&D)

Constella OperaBallet


DANISH DANCE STORIES

Residency, Vestjyllands Højskole (DK)


GUEST RESIDENT CHOREOGRAPHER

Socrates Dance, Noorte Maar (NYC)


DRIFT

(Film, short)


BREAKIN' AWAY

(Film, short)

2018-2022

Productions: 


EUKARI (2022)

Copenhagen International Arts Collective, CPH


I TID (2021)

Copenhagen International Arts Collective X I AM CAM, CPH


SPIN A TALE (2021)

for Constella OperaBallet, Derby, United Kingdom


ECHOES OF SPRING (2020)

for Copenhagen International Arts Collective, CPH


BEEHIVE

for Copenhagen International Arts Collective, CPH


AMADEUS

(Assistant Choreographer) for The Royal Danish Theatre

Dir: Kasper Holten, Chor: Signe Fabricius 


TRYL

for Copenhagen Opera Festival, 

Dir: Ella Marchment


SEA GARDEN

for Constella OperaBallet, Chelsea Flower Show, London



2016-2018

Other:


PUSH LAB: (over)protection 

w. Åben Dans Roskilde (DK/BE)


KING ROGER - ROXANNA'S ARIA

Film, Channel 4, Random Acts


ODDESEA

For Gruppo Teatrale La Caldena,

Borgo San Lorenzo. Italy


ARTS FOR A CAUSE

For JUMP! Foundation, Beijing


HIP HOP CULTURE IN RIYADH

Research paper, Making Dance Happen

Saudi Arabia



Productions: 


MAD KING SUIBHNE

(Movement Director) for Bury Court Opera


DANGEROUS LIASONS

(Production Assistant, choreography by Cathy Marston) for The Danish Royal Ballet


AN APPLE A DAY 

for Resolutions! 2016, The Place, London


CONVERSATIONS WITH FORM

for Constella OperaBallet, Sadlers Wells, London


THE VULTURES THAT PREY

for Making Dance Happen, Social Creativa, Peru


FEELINGS FROM UNDERNEATH THE DESERT SUN

created for ARTivism Dance, London

2012-2016

Other:


ART GYM

with Josh Wright and Guillaume Vandame for Fig.2, Institute of Contemporary Art, London 


“51.524231, -0.073812”

for Women of Mass Destruction 3, Richmix, London


SAY SOMETHING

In collaboration with Gyorgyo Ono / Gwaith Swn for “Tounges” at Café Oto Project Space, London


EXT. VOID IN 2'S”

In collaboration with Gyorgyo Ono / Gwaith Swn for “(A) Second Hand”, Stoke Newington Studies, London


Productions: 


5100:PENTAGON

for Young in Hong, Gwangju Bienalle, South Korea


THE PIECES THAT FIT  

Chisenhale Dance Space, London


THE GENESIS OF FRANKENSTEIN

(Opera) for HELIOS COLLECTIVE, Peckham, London


AN EVENING WITH LUCIEN FREUD 

(Theatre) Dir: Ella Marchment, Leicester Square Theatre


IN HER DREAM

for Young in Hong for Fig.2, Institute of Contemporary Art, London


EDUCATION:


Nordic Master in Dance Studies 

2016 - 2018

Thesis: The Choreographic Mind-Model: A phenomenological exploration of the choreographic process

NTNU

Trondheim, Norway


BA (Hons) Arts and Social Sciences: Dance

2009 - 2012

Special study: Choreograhy and Composition

Kingston University

London, UK


CURATING AND PRODUCTION

Open Arena

(June 2022, Dansekapellet, CPH, Denmark)

- A platform for ideas, new formats and performaces


Friday Night Sharing 

(Copenhagen, Denmark)

- Popular monthly sharing platform hosted by Dansekapellet


Choreography Competition 

(2019-2022 with Uppercut Dance Theatre and Dans I Nordvest)

- Yearly competition and development platform for young choreographers aged 13-23


Making Dance Happen

(Jan/feb 2016-2020 with Social Creativa, Peru)

- Community outreach and artistic development platform in Chincha Alta, Peru



COMMERCIAL CREDITS (Including performance credits)


VISIT DENMARK 

CHIPSFILM

TOM CORNELL FOR TREVOR SORBIE 

ANDAZ HOTEL

JO:GA

SWEATY BETTY


Film:

Bridget Jones’ Baby
The Theory of Everything
Fantastic Beasts and where to find them

Jason Bourne


Commercials:

Royal Beer (2018)
First Direct - The Unexpected Bank (Dir: Dom & Nic, 2013)

Viasat - Juicy Play (Dir: Paul Hammond, 2015)
Lenovo - YOGA 3 14”” (2015)


Music videos:
Harlano: So Hot (HW Records)

Nero: Tour promo (MTA Records)


Performance:

Schwartzkopf International

Lee Mack: Duck Quicks Don't Echo 

Korean Cultural Centre

Robert Cromeans for Alternative Hair Show

Sanrizz