Choreography & Performance

Disclosure Tactics (2012)

Choreography: Sarah Wilbur

Photo credit: Da Zu

Choreography 

[Theater, Musical Theater, Opera, TV, Film]

Musical Theater                                                                                                        Venue/director

HAIR                                                                                                Sunset Playhouse/Ray Jivoff

IMAGINE!                                                                       South Coast Rep/Stefan Novinski

Why Do Fools Fall in Love?                                           Milwaukee Rep/Roger Bean

The Taffettas                                                                       Chamber Theatre/Mark Lococo

A Grand Night for Singing                          Skylight Music Theatre/Ed Burgess

The Christmas Schooner                          Skylight Music Theatre/Paula Suozzi

Bunnicula                                                 First Stage Children’s Theater/Pat Holland

Ferdinand the Bull                          First Stage Children’s Theater/John Maclay

Green Gables                                        First Stage Children’s Theater/John Maclay

 

Opera                                                                                                                                Venue/Director

The Merry Widow  (AGMA)                            Florentine Opera/Albert Sherman

The Midnight Angel                                                           Skylight Opera/Paula Suozzi

Romeo & Juliet                                                   Skylight Music Theatre/Paula Suozzi

 

Theater                                                                                                                             Venue/Director

An Acorn                                                                      Trinity Repertory/Mauricio Salgado

Time Slips                                    UW-Milwaukee/Gülügun Kayim, Anne Basting

A Winter’s Tale                                                  Milwaukee Shakespeare/Gia Forakis

The Jammer                                                             Bialystock & Bloom/Jonathan West

Romeo & Juliet                                       Marquette University/Maureen Kilmurry

 

Film                                                                                                                                     Venue/Director

The Guest Director                                         Big Cattle Productions/Logan Bazaar

 

Television                                                                                                                       Venue/Director

Ice Cream Social”   Sundance Film Channel/David Robbins, Sarah Price

“BABBLE”                                                          Milwaukee Public Television/Bill Finn​

 

Performance Credits [musical theater]

Animal Crackers     Dance Captain  Skylight Music Theatre/Bill Theissen

Cabaret                             Dance Captain     Skylight Music Theatre/Pam Kriger

Oklahoma!                    Dance Captain                      Monomoy Theater/Alan Rust

Pippin                                Ensemble                  Sunset Playhouse/Dave Mackinson

 

Performance Credits [concert dance]

Los Angeles (2008-present)

Rebecca Bryant

Arianne MacBean/The Big Show Co.

Maria Gillespie/Onidance

Simone Forti

 

Milwaukee (1997-2008)

Andre Tyson

Janet Lilly

Simone Ferro

Ed Burgess

Ben Munisteri

 

Milwaukee (1997-2007)

Danceworks Performance Company (company repertory by resident choroegraphers including:  Dani Kuepper, Kim Johnson Rockafellow, Megan McCusker, Jen Moore, Jeni Frazee, Andrea Hill, and guest commissions by Ben Munisteri, Sean Curran, Brian Jeffery, Ed Burgess, Simone Ferro, and Heinz Poll.

 

 

 

Disclosure Tactics  (2012)

Choreography: Sarah Wilbur

Glorya Kaufman Dance Theatre, UCLA

Photo: Da Xu

Choreography

[Contemporary Concert Dance/Theatre]

Disclosure Tactics (2018)        Danceworks Performance Co.

Disclosure Tactics (2017)                                       Brown University

Dance for Veterans (2014)           DCA residency performance

I Before We   (2012)       Danceworks Performance Company

Disclosure Tactics (2012)                                     MFA Thesis/UCLA

Here Comes Everybody  (2011)                             LA Valley College

Progress (2010)                                                                                             UCLA

Here Comes Everybody (2009)                Cal State Long Beach

Untidy States (2009)                                         Cal State Long Beach

The Greatest Dance On Earth (excerpts) (2008)      The Yard

Modern Untensils (2008)       Burbank Unified School Dist.

Arrivals and Departures (2007)     Milwaukee Ballet School

Kim's House of Cards (2007)                                                               DPC

Endangered Strangers (2007)                                                             DPC

Pas De Two  (2006)                          Danceworks Mixed Six

THROWN (2006)                                                                                         DPC

Willing To Risk (2006)                                                                             DPC

I Before We (2006)                                                                                        DPC

The Wide Sky Dance Project (2005)                                             DPC

in/love/with/falling (2005)                                                                    DPC

Restrained Order (2005)                                                                         DPC

Unlikely Event (2004)                                                                               DPC

Iron Migration (2004)                                                                                DPC

Beautiful Things (2004)                                                                           DPC

Lucky Seven (2003)                                                                                     DPC

THROWN (2002)                                                                                         DPC

Like Humans Do (2002)                                                                         DPC

Stay (2001)                                                                                                            DPC

Growing (2001)                                                                                                 DPC

Dont's For Dancers (2000)                                                                   DPC

Cafe Music   (2000)                                                                                      DPC How I got My Dad To Watch Modern Dance (2000)       DPC

 

Works choreographed 1996-2000 available upon request

Simone Forti

See Saw  (1961)

Re-performance (2012)

The Box Gallery, Los Angeles

Photo: Nguyen Nguyen

Performers: Brennan Girard, Sarah Wilbur

An Acorn by Caridad Svich

Director: Mauricio Salgado

Choreography: Sarah Wilbur

Brown/Trinity Repertory, Providence, RI

2018

See Saw (1961), 2011
Choreography: Simone Forti
Performance: Brennan Girard, Sarah Wilbur
The Box Gallery, Los Angeles

Disclosure Tactics  (2012)

Choreography: Sarah Wilbur

Glorya Kaufman Dance Theatre, UCLA

Photo: Da Xu

Willing to Risk: A Wide Sky Dance Project, 2006

Choreography: Sarah Wilbur and Dani Kuepper

John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, WI 

Danceworks Performance Company

Disclosure Tactics  (2018)

Choreography: Sarah Wilbur

Next Act Theater, Milwaukee WI

Danceworks Performance Company

Photo: Paul Ruffalo

Simone Forti

See Saw  (1961)

Re-performance (2012)

The Box Gallery, Los Angeles

Photo: Nguyen Nguyen

Performers: Brennan Girard, Sarah Wilbur

SARAH
WILBUR
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Choreographer. 

Researcher. 

Dance Advocate.

Assistant Professor of the Practice of Dance

Duke University

Durham, North Carolina, U.S.A.

I am Sarah Wilbur. I am a dance artist and scholar whose creative and academic research together recognize the parity between dances that are performed and the aspects of dance making that are suppressed or ignored.  I am invested in illuminating the vital contributions of dance and arts labor and laborers. My academic research asks how institutionalized norms of arts practice and performance make people move and organize their work. I study institutions and local arts work worlds using body-based analytical frameworks to show, in part, how people enact policies--and alternative possibilities--that sustain enabling environments for the arts in US culture.

 

I currently serve as an Assistant Professor of the Practice of Dance in the Dance Program at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, U.S. 

As a dance artist, I have spent over two decades working between the non-profit arts production contexts of concert dance, musical theater, opera, and experimental performance, K-12 education, social service, health care, and Veterans' Affairs. Thus,​ I approach arts infrastructure as a complex human exercise by bringing my cross-sector and cross cultural history as an artist to bear on the study of US arts labor, institutions, and infrastructures.

 

In addition to choreographing dance theatre works that challenge dance's hierarchies of practice and production, I am currently completing a book that asks how instruments of federal arts funding make dance artists move through the enduring struggle to resource and recognize dance across the first fifty years of grant making at the Dance Program at the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). 

I hold terminal degrees in dance practice (M.F.A.) and culture and performance (Ph.D.) from UCLA's Department of World Arts and Cultures/Dance. I also hold a B.F.A. in dance from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

 

In July of 2018, I joined the Duke Dance faculty after completing a two-year appointment as the Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in dance studies at Brown University (2016-2018). 

I have taught dance studio, seminar, and hybrid courses in academia since 1997.  My studio-oriented courses help students to situate their dance practices and productions in cultural and political economic contexts. My seminar courses apply body-focused research methods to the study of cultural performances in and beyond the arts. 

More on my institutional affiliations here: https://scholars.duke.edu/person/sarah.wilbur

 

Assistant Professor of the Practice of Dance                       

Dance Department

Duke University

Box 90686

2020 Campus Drive 209F

Durham, NC 27708-0685

Office Phone: 919-660-3369            

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