Sara Smith (she/they) is a transdisciplinary choreographer and librarian. Sara creates speculative documentary performances and other works that explore interconnection and the poetics and politics of embodied research. Project research often begins with formal and informal archival spaces and materials, and moves out from those documents and absences into questions, practices, and conversations.
Sara has collaborated and learned with many other artists, most regularly with writer and interdisciplinary artist Karinne Keithley Syers and visual artist Gina Siepel (their life partner). Sara's performances and other works have been seen and heard at venues throughout the U.S., including 33 Hawley, Amherst College, A.P.E. Gallery, Brooklyn Arts Exchange, The Chocolate Factory, Danspace Project, Experiments in Cinema, Green Street Studios, HERE Arts Center, Hollins University, Joyce SoHo, Ladyfest Los Angeles, LaMaMa, Movement Gallery, the San Francisco International Film Festival, SPACE Gallery, The Puppet Lab at St. Ann’s Warehouse, Tufts University, and Vermont Performance Lab, among others. Sara has a BA from Hampshire College and an MFA in Dance from Sarah Lawrence College, where she studied choreographic practice with Sara Rudner and functional anatomy with Peggy Gould.
Sara has been a recipient of the Massachusetts Cultural Council Fellowship award in Choreography, and has received support for their work from The LEF Foundation, Maine Arts Commission, Mary Duke Biddle Foundation, and residency fellowships from MacDowell, Yaddo, Hewnoaks, and The American Antiquarian Society. From 2010-2017 Sara edited KINEBAGO, a forum for writing by and about New England dance makers and movement researchers.