SARAH ELIZABETH LASS
Sarah Elizabeth Lass is a Denver-raised, Northampton-based performer, dance maker, and teacher. Her creative and scholarly research springs from her devoted practice of dance improvisation in conversation with a wide range of disciplines including neurophysiology, philosophy, architecture, ecology, and the visual arts as a means of investigating the dynamics between perception and world-making/destroying/remaking. With a wholehearted belief in the capacity of live performance to bring people together in imaginative and illuminating social configurations, her current research is concerned with how limitation opens onto abundance and how the concentrated shaping and directing of attention can deliver us into ecstatic presence.
As a performer, Lass has most recently worked with the Bebe Miller Company, Angie Hauser, Chris Aiken, Xan Burley, and Shayla V. Jenkins. Her choreography has been presented by the School for Contemporary Dance and Thought, Marlboro College, Smith College, Triskelion Arts, the ArtBark Collective, and others. She has taught at Smith College, Hampshire College, Marlboro College, Keene State College, the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. She is currently on faculty with the School for Contemporary Dance and Thought and Ascendance. Lass graduated from Smith College with an MFA in Dance in 2018.
Photo by Kora Radella.