2016 + 2017 Lab Artist: Sara Smith
Sara Smith is an interdisciplinary choreographer and librarian based in Greenfield, MA. She is also the editor of KINEBAGO, a journal that provides a forum for writing by and about New England dance makers and movement researchers. Smith's performances, installations, and designs traverse dance, visual art, writing, and historical research. Her work has been seen and heard throughout the U.S., and she has received support from The LEF Foundation, the Durham (NC) Arts Council, the Maine Arts Commission, Mary Duke Biddle Foundation, and the North Carolina Arts Council. She has received residency fellowships from The MacDowell Colony and Yaddo, and a 2015 creative research fellowship from The American Antiquarian Society.
In 2016, Smith embarked on the first part of her residency support at VPL to continue to develop a new multimedia performance work Florence Rice Hitchcock and the Theory of the Soft Earth. Collaborators included performer Candice Salyers, and scenic artist Gina Siepel. Florence Rice Hitchcock and the Theory of the Soft Earth combines dance with computer animation and mock documentary to explore ideas of interconnectedness and indeterminacy through the story of Florence Rice Hitchcock, a nineteenth-century geologist who has visions of twentieth-century science. While in residence, Smith worked with Salyers to develop new movement material to test in front of audiences at VPL’s Open Lab in May 2016.