Sarah Chien & Emily Faulkner

Sarah Chien & Emily Faulkner, photo by Yechiel Husarsky

Sarah Chien and Emily Faulkner’s Solo for Two presents the raw beauty of individual research as part of a shared structure. Two solo performers challenge themselves to take the personal impulses that make an improvised solo exciting and layer them onto the collaboration of another performer/dancer. They ask: How can our bodies support each other even while we actively perform that which makes us most unique?

Sarah Chien and Emily Faulkner first began collaborating in 2012 for performances at Baryshnikov Arts Center and on a dance film with Olivia Obin.

Emily Faulkner, artistic director of Emily Faulkner Dance, creates dances which combine rigorous structure with improvisation. Her work has been presented by Wesleyan University, the 92nd Street Y, Movement Research, the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Triskelion Arts, the Santa Cruz Dance Festival, Center for Performance Research and many others. She has performed in the works of many choreographers, including Yvonne Meier (in the Bessie awarding winning “The Shining”), D.D. Dorvillier and Jennifer Lacey. A certified teacher of the Alexander Technique since 1999, Faulkner is on the faculty of Movement Research where she teaches dance improvisation.  She is the movement coach for Steady Buckets, a youth basketball league and teaches a class for the visually impaired at the Lighthouse Guild.  Emily has taught innumerable Alexander workshops, including at the Dauphine University in Paris and to the debate Club at the Pierre and Marie Curie University in Paris.

Sarah Chien is a dancer and world traveler who creates improvised works with collaborators from dance, music, circus and theatre. Her work has been shown at BKSD, Center for Performance Research, Triskelion, The Brick, and Chez Bushwick. She has been a company member of Andre Zachery/Renegade Performance Group, Sydnie L. Mosley Dances, and Jody Sperling/Time Lapse Dance. She was the only American in a group of international performers invited to work in an intensively with David Zambrano in Spain (2016) and Italy (2017). Her work has been shown at Brooklyn Studios for Dance, Center for Performance Research, Triskelion Arts, Arts on Site, The Brick, Eden’s Expressway and Chez Bushwick. As the founder of Floor Friends, she has taught contemporary floorwork and improvisation classes at Chez Bushwick, Mark Morris, Gibney Dance, and Brooklyn Studios for Dance. This spring she is a guest lecturer in Dance at Princeton University.

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