Sara Black was born in Canberra with a rural upbringing and has had an interest in the performing arts from a young age training in dance, theatre and music. After working with Canberra youth company Quantum Leap (now QL2) she then completed a Bachelor of Dance from the Victorian College of the Arts. Sara has worked as a choreographer, performer, teacher and collaborator in Australia and internationally over the past 14 years. As a choreographer she has worked in theatre and commercial events whilst developing her own contemporary choreographic practice.
Her choreographic credits include Accidental death of an anarchist (Sydney Theatre Company); Jasper Jones, Atlantis, Seventeen, Peter Pan (Belvoir); Girls like that (ATYP); #Killallmen, Women on the verge of a nervous breakdown (NIDA); The Incredible here and now (NToP); Double Beat (new work in development); untitled (Readymade Happy hour); Taction (Sydney dance company PPY); Act of contact, Nexus (QL2); Seven deadly sins (Sydney conservatorium of music); E-volve (CDDC); Pitch Black (Seekae live event); Sensation Trigger Action, Glitch (Flipside); Fresh Produce (Rogue, Next Wave Festival Event); Gravitas (Short film currently in development). Her assistant choreographic credits include Obsidian (Iceland Dance Company); Shane Warne the Musical (Eddy Perfect and Neil Armfield); and Woyzeck (Malthouse Theatre).
Sara’s short works include; InAnimate (Lucy Guerin Inc); Parental Guidance Recommended (Dancehouse) and TunnelVisioned (Short Film Dancehouse). As a founding member of Rogue dance collective Sara co-created and choreographed new works Puck, Ocular Proof and Persona. Over the last eleven years she has performed and collaborated with Punchdrunk (UK), Protein Dance (UK), The Australian Ballet, Lucy Guerin Inc, NYID (David Pledger) and as a main collaborator and performer for Gideon Obarzanek’s Chunky Move where she toured extensively internationally.
In 2008 she was awarded a Helpmann Award for best performer in a dance/physical theatre piece and has since been nominated for two Green Room awards in the same category. Sara has worked extensively with both Australian and international independent artists including Narelle Benjamin, Erna Omarsdottir, Damien Jalet, Martin Del Amo, Elissa Goodrich, Bagryana Popov, Stephanie Lake, Lloyd Newson, Wendy Houstoun, Carlee Mellow, Antony Hamilton and Byron Perry.