LIVING DANCE RESIDENT FACULTY
Sarah Vella is a Maltese dance artist and speech therapist, currently living in Berlin. After graduating with a Bsc. (Hons.) in Speech Therapy, she moved to London to study at ‘Laban Conservatoire of Dance'. As a choreographer, she has won awards in Malta and Italy. Over the years, Sarah has also done community work through choreographing and teaching dance in rehabilitation centers and youth groups and with ‘Teatru Zazz’, Malta.
Sarah performed with 'Red Tape Dance Company' in Malta and since moving to Berlin, she has worked on various dance & film projects including, few with JSLN productions, Matteo Graziano in the Opera “William Tell”, ‘Gauge Dance Theater’ company, Caroline Shaper & You Gyoung, Rebecca Queck, Japanese artist Saori Hara, research for the Berlin Biennale with Okwui Okpokwasili, amongst others. Her choreography ‘Iż-Żifna tal-Poeta’ was performed in Malta for the Notte Bianca Festival (2013), in Berlin as part of the ‘Nah Dran series’ and during the ‘100Grad Berlin Festival’.
This project was funded by the Malta Arts Fund. Her solo creation ‘Lament’, was performed in Berlin and her latest production ‘ME(et) YOU’ with Norwegian dance artist, Lisa Colette Bysheim toured in Norway, Malta and Berlin (2016/2017). This project was funded and supported by Arts Council Malta, Dansesenter and City Council Bergen.
In 2014, Sarah took part in a month-long dance residency program (Play Practice Apprenticeship Program) in Bangalore, India, where her main focus was to work on authenticity on stage when creating and improvising and the relationship between the dancer/performer and the public audience. She is currently working on a project, Aldeas, with Berlin-based choreographer Masha Gurina and she will finish her ‘Dance and Movement Therapy’ studies in June 2018.
Since 2015, Sarah guest teaches and leads choreographic workshops in Malta and Berlin and she was back in Gozo teaching contemporary & modern dance as a guest teacher during ‘Living Dance’ in September 2015, 2016 and 2017 and she is happy to be part of the faculty once again this year. Sarah continues to work as a freelance dance artist and dance therapist in Berlin.