Sarah Aiken Workshop


DMC is excited to host Narm-based dance artist Sarah Aiken for a full day of practice sharing on Friday 19 July!




Community Member workshop price (30% off) – $52.50*
Non-member workshop price  – $75

Morning pro class is part of our regular class program, you can purchase class passes or individual classes here

*We highly encourage you to become a Community Member, when you become a member you receive 3 free classes (this covers the morning) and get 30% off workshops and class passes. To access the Community Member price you must first log in to your account, if you are joining our Membership program make sure you first purchase the membership to unlock membership access, then return to this page once you have logged in.


Friday 19 July

  • 10 – 11:30am – Pro Class led by Sarah
  • 12:30 – 4pm – Workshop

Sarah Aiken is a Naarm-based performer, teacher and choreographer from Bellingen NSW. Her work investigates assemblage, authorship, scale and the self, looking at the roles of audience, performer, subject and object and connecting tangibly with audiences, to consider performance as a site for empathy & exchange.

Works include Body Corp (iteration #4) for CONTACT HIGH (Gertrude Contemporary 2024), Demake/Demaster for SITU8 City (Liberty Theatre STRUT/TURA 2022), Piece for pieces (PIECES LGI/The Substation 2019), What Am I Supposed To Do? (WAISTD) (Arts Centre Melbourne 2019) and SARAHAIKEN (Tools for Personal Expansion) (Keir Choreographic Award 2016).

Sarah is co-director of Deep Soulful Sweats, working with Rebecca Jensen to create work that engages rigorously with participation, waste and a reckless formalism, recycling content to consider materiality and how we come together. Their cult classic, zodiac themed participatory dance events have been running for 10 years across the world, inviting audiences into cathartic and thoughtful performative experiences.

Sarah was artist in residence at Helsinki International Artists Program, Dancenorth, and Centre for Projection Art. She is a grateful recipient of the Creators Fund, the Chloe Munro Fellowship and is developing new work Body Corp for premiere in 2025.

Make Your Life Count premiered at Arts House, Melbourne in 2022, winning Best Visual Design at the Australian Greenroom Awards- with subsequent seasons at Platform Arts, PICA Perth and video presentation at Fed Square, Gertrude Street Projection Festival, MCA, and Frame Biennial of Dance.


Occupied with collaging, making cuts & rough joins that expose the mechanisms & temporary relationships between parts, Sarah’s current research acknowledges material yearnings for connection, longing & belonging & a constant state of being together yet apart, transforming & reforming, creating monstrous or mythical wholes & superhuman or more than human forms.

In this workshop we will work between the corporeal, material and digital to look for illusions, distortions and choreographies that cross those boundaries. Equal parts theoretical and practical, Sarah will offer methodologies she finds useful for generating new ideas and interrogating existing ones; thinking through dancing, writing, image-making and experimentation.


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Friday 19 July