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Sarah Haas is a movement artist, director, facilitator and builder. They are also co-founder of EcoDance, a grassroots organization that researches, designs and builds mobile live/work spaces.
Haas received a B.A. in Performance Art from Columbia College Chicago in 2001 and an M.F.A. in Dance at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in 2011. They received awards such as the Roy Acuff Chair of Excellence and residencies at art hubs such as Links Hall. Haas received favorable mention in the Chicago Tribune, was broadcast on Channel 23 by New Chinese Media and has been honored twice as Chicago Reader Critics Choice.
After finishing graduate school, Haas began a three-year art/work traveling experiment inside a Mobile Performance Dwelling (MPD) that they built through EcoDance. In August 2014 Haas stopped their travels to homestead on unincorporated land in northern Arizona. There they opened Rosie’s Ranch, which served as an informal art residency and retreat space that included alternative building from December 2015 to January 2021.
I am drawn to raw, experimental and introspective works that challenge us to move beyond ourselves and take risks. I think a lot about transformation—that elusive, nameless thing that causes a hesitation, a stirring within, and sometimes, an absolute hijacking of the body. What unnerves us often compels us to lean forward and listen.
I trained as a dancer, but my investigations often disrupt the training within, gravitating instead towards the wild and uncontained movements of my childhood. I view our socio-political-corporate world as a vehicle for the industrialization of the body which encourages and often demands subservience and self policing; this creates disconnection and has the potential to weaken and break down the spirit. I believe that movement has the potential to loosen and eventually break those strongholds, reconnecting us to the very elements that comprise our humanness and our power.
My work ranges from serious to campy, highly choreographed to completely improvised, private to community oriented. Sometimes I have a strong intention to create political work; other times I don’t. There is no hierarchy in the creative process; I invite emotion, excess, narrative, objectivity, reduction, abstraction, conceptualism and non-narrative into the room. What links my work through the wide range of modalities I move within is a curiosity for the body and investigations that involve research and/or performance phases.