Sarah Neville


Sarah Neville is a South Australian Choreographer and contemporary performance maker who devises new media performance, instigates inter-disciplinary practices and invests in multi-platform processes and production outcomes.

Following university, Sarah moved to Tokyo for two years to study Butoh Dance with Kazuoh Ohno and Min Tanaka. There she performed with Kazuoh and Yoshito Ohno in The Power of Life and assisted in designing the lighting for Min Tanaka's Wizard of Oz. Whist in Tokyo, Sarah was a member of Butoh based multinational, multimedia performance unit 66B. With this company Sarah performed in venues and galleries in Tokyo, Yokohama and Hong Kong.

Upon returning to Australia Sarah began the New Media Dance production company Heliograph Productions, in collaboration with lighting designer, Nic Mollison. With this company Sarah produced, choreographed and performed in numerous productions including Heliograph Travelogues at Dancehouse and Calculus of the Nervous System for The Adelaide Festival. As an independent artist Sarah has created work for the Adelaide Fringe, Ausdance Choreolab in Adelaide, inSPACE Adelaide Festival Centre, Dance House in Melbourne, The Australian Choreographic Centre in Canberra and The Australian Dance Theatre's Ignition season.

Professional development opportunities to date have taken Sarah to New York to Robert Wilson's Watermill Centre, to New Delhi India to fulfill a residency at Sarai New Media Lab and Bangalore for FACETS New Media Choreographic Lab. At the close of 2003, Sarah achieved a Masters of Arts (research) in dance from the Queensland University of Technology, based on choreographing new media dance.

Sarah resided in Perth from 2007 -11, where she worked with Jo Pollitt and Caitlin Mc Loughlin, creating Interdisciplinary Dance Theatre work including, "Listen...Silence" and "Panic, Paranoia and Predictions" for STRUT Dance. In 2008, Sarah was choreographer in residence with Link dance company, at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts. In 2010, Sarah performed with la Fura dels Baus for the opening of the Perth Festival. From 2009-11 Sarah was a participant of SCOPE for artists.

Sarah worked for Australian/ Spanish Physical Theatre company Corazon De Vaca from 2009-12, directing, 'The Bridging Project,' which premiered at Deckchair theatre Freemantle in August 2009. Early 2010 she produced and directed Bamboo Travelogues, a series of site specific dance and image based theatre based on the poetry of Roberto Bolano. She worked as assistant director to Julian Fuentes Reta and producer on Maitland Schnaar's play, If I Drown I Can Swim, which premiered at Yirra Yaakin theatre in Perth, Western Australia in September 2010. Sarah was an artist in residence with Fuentes Reta at Can Sopa theatre in Ibiza, Spain the same year, researching physical theatre. She subsequently toured If I Drown I Can Swim to Brisbane's Under the Radar Festival and Woodford's Dreaming Festival in 2011.

Sarah's Interdisciplinary Performance work for Kite ensemble, 'Remote Real,' had a first stage development in April/ May 2010 at Rorelsen Choreographic Centre, Malmo, Sweden and a second stage development at Deckchair in Fremantle, Perth, Western Australia February 2011. This work was developed in collaboration with Maitland Schnaars, Adelina Larsson, Mia Holton, Jo Pollitt, Helen Duncan, Rhiannon Newton and Madeleine Karlsson.

In 2012, Sarah was an artist in residence at Bundanon Trust care of Critical Path, with Nadia Cusimano, co-creating a new Theatre/ Dance/ Installation work inspired by Jean Cocteau's 'The Human Voice.' A following creative development was supported by Open_Space and a residency through The Adelaide Festival Centre's inSPACE development program in February 2013.

Current Cultural Development investigations into Speculative Culture and Weather Lore have taken the direction of Family in Residence with in Croatia/ Brussels and Vitalstatistix Theatre Company, Port Adelaide. This project is ongoing and is driven by the intention to create Simulation Drills For Possible Futures in Times of Climate Change.

Sarah is an associate artist of Open-Space Contemporary Community in Adelaide, leading investigations into discursive interactive performance and consulting for the company's current projects. She has served as a board member of Ausdance SA and on the peer panel of the Department of Culture and the Arts Western Australia for Project Development and Arts SA as a peer for Independent Producers and Makers. Sarah is a member of Future Fabulators, a project by Time's Up, in collaboration with FoAM, M-ITI and AltArt.

In 2019, Sarah was commissioned to create a new choreographic work for the Adelaide College of Arts and she responded by forming a collaboration with the Creative Computing Studio and The University of South Australia and creating Spheres a dance for Virtual Reality. This work has subsequently been purchased for presentation as a pop up event at M.O.D. Art/ Science Museum in Adelaide. Sarah has also expanded her practice into visual arts through the Public Art Commission curated by David Cross and Cameron Bishop for the European Cultural Centre at this years Venice Biennale.

Currently Sarah is researching the transmission of embodied knowledge in Digital Simulation Environments as a PhD student between Deakin University and Coventry University, UK. Sarah is an Intern at the Empathic Computing Laboratory, Australian Research Centre for Interactive and Virtual Environments. In 2021 Sarah is creating new Dance for VR work through an Arts SA Fellowship in partnership with Dancehub SA and the Digital Transformation Group.