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RECESS / Sarah Chien

January 27 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm



Sarah and Caitlin are interested in the radical elevation of joy and playful curiosity as a form of future-making. Both classically trained in their respective disciplines, they come together to embrace the adventurous spirit of improvisation. Using Cawley’s classical and found percussion as an installation, they will create a unique sound environment for both artists to inhabit. Expect the unexpected in this iteration of their experimental dance and music collaboration!


Sarah Chien is a Brooklyn-based dancer, teacher, and producer who creates improvised works with collaborators from dance, music, circus and theatre. She has performed her own and collaborative projects in Greece, Slovakia, Spain and Italy. In New York, her work has been shown at Joe’s Pub, University Settlement, Brooklyn Studios for Dance, Triskelion Arts, The Kraine, Arts on Site, The Brick, Eden’s Expressway and Chez Bushwick.
She approaches performance as a way of revealing more of the self, and uses the language of improvisation as a way to foster dialogue across artistic disciplines. Her current performance projects include  ∞therside collective, an international improvisation collective of which she is a founding member;  ¡Spontaneous Combustion!,  an all-improvised performance party series on her homemade rooftop dance floor, and  Songs Stuck in My Body,  her touring dance-theater solo show. Sarah has been a member of Chez Bushwick since 2012.

Caitlin Cawley is a NYC-based percussionist, improviser, and electronic musician. She performs with groups through Boston and New York, such as Talujon, Novus NY, Black Sheep Contemporary Ensemble, Amalgama Ensemble, Cawley/Kim Duo, Gamelan Galak Tika, and Danse Theatre Surreality.


January 27
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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