Sarah Hopfinger

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I'm currently working on a project in London called Making Routes, which is a collabortion between Battersea Arts Centre (BAC), South London Gallery (SLG) and Oasis Adventure Playground. I am one of eight artists spending a month in each venue as artist inresidence. The project brings theatre, visual art and play together and focuses on inclusion and collaboration. I am collaborating with disabled and non-disabled children to explore wildness and play-fighting through choreography and performance practices. The project culminates in a children's festival at the end of October 2017. As part of this festival I will co-create a wild performance with children from across the three venues, which will be performed by them.

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I am a Glasgow-based artist working in dance and performance as a director, performer, researcher and teacher. My practice sits between choreography, live art and contemporary theatre. I create performances with a diversity of collaborators, including children and adults, trained and non-trained performers / dancers, disabled and non-disabled people, and other artists (film-makers, musicians and visual artists). Inclusion and collaboration underpin my approach. My work is usually based on, and explores, ecology and ecological thinking. For my practice-based PhD I researched an ecological performance practice, developing methods of collaborative devising that might enact the reality of our unavoidable entanglement with each other and the more-than-human world we are intimately part of. Past work includes Wild Life, which involved co-devising an intergenerational dance performance with 8 professional and non-professional performers between 9 and 70 years old. The piece was a celebration and embodiment of wildness. Wild Life was commissioned by Platform and was shown at the venue in 2014 and 2016. I work as a visiting tutor in the Theatre Studies department at the University of Glasgow and for the Contemporary Performance Practice programme at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.