SARAH LOUISE KRISTIANEN

CHOREOGRAPHER • DIRECTOR

ABOUT

Sarah Louise is a Danish choreographer who splits her time between Copenhagen and choreographing work internationally. She regularly 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), Noorte Maar (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 loyal 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 is 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.


Sarah Louise also runs Copenhagen International Arts Collective.

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


HIGHLIGHED

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE




Other:


Danish Dance Stories

Residency, Vestjyllands Højskole (DK)


Resident Guest Choreographer

Socrates Dance, Noorte Maar (NYC)


DRIFT (Film, short)


BREAKIN' AWAY (Film, short)

2018-2020

Productions: 


ECHOES OF SPRING for Copenhagen International Arts Collective (in production)

SPIN A TALE for Constella Opera Ballet (postponed to 2021)

BEEHIVE for Copenhagen International Arts Collective

AMADEUS (assistant choreographer) for The Royal Danish Theatre

TRYL for Copenhagen Opera Festival

SEA GARDEN for Constella Opera Ballet 



2012-2016

Other:


PUSH LAB: (over)protection 

w. Åben Dans Roskilde (DK/BE)


King Roger - Roxanna’s Aria (film, short)

Channel 4, Random Acts

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 Opera Ballet

THE VULTURES THAT PREY for Making Dance Happen

Feelings From Underneath The Desert Sunfcreated for ARTivism Dance

2016-2018

Other:


“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 2s”

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


Productions: 


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

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

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


COMMERCIEL CREDITS (Including performance credits)


VISIT DENMARK 

CHIPSFILM

TOM CORNELL FOR TREVOR SORBIE 

ANDAZ HOTEL

SWEATY BETTY


Highlighted Performing roles:

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 




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