Sarah Bronsard is a choreographer based in Montreal. She finds her most fertile ground in flamenco dance and the contemporary dance scene, after a multidisciplinary artistic career that includes music, glassblowing, digital arts and a career as a painter. Her projects – supported by the Canada Council for the Arts (CCA) and the Conseil des Arts et des Lettres du Québec (CALQ) – have been presented in Quebec (Tangente, Société des Arts Technologiques), in Europe (France, Wales, Italy, Netherlands) and in Asia (Japan). Her work has received the Cirque du Soleil “Best Original Creation” award (Fringe, 2012), the Pierre Lapointe award (UQAM, 2016 and 2017) and the David-Kilburn award (UQAM, 2020). Recently, she did a residency at TOKAS (Japan, 2020) and in 2021, she toured with the piece “Èbe” around the province of Québec and presented it at the opening of the Casablanca International Video Art Festival (Maroc). She is currently developing “L’écho des racines“, a co-creation with ten dancers and musicians based on the encounter between flamenco and Quebecois step dancing, as well as “Les Rigoles“, a co-creation with Alexandra Templier based on the phenomenon of laughter. She founded La Sporée / Sarah Bronsard in the fall of 2021.
In addition to her choreographic practice, she has been a performer for the choreographers Aurélie Pedron, Audrey Gaussiran and [ZØGMA]. She completed a master’s thesis in research-creation at the Department of Dance at UQAM (2020) around the issues of intercorporeity between dance and music.
Sarah Bronsard is interested in the fertile tension of the “in-between”, particularly that which unfolds between tradition and exploration, embracing what emerges from the encounter with the other. In her creations, she favours musical, robotic and choreographic collaborations to develop her creations from flamenco dance where rhythm, intensity, contrasts, and codifications come into play. Digital art continues to influence her practice, through the porous paths it dilates between disciplines, although her projects are now anchored in the way this porosity originates in the lived body. Her multi-disciplinary background, her experiences in craft and her attraction to traditional dances give her an “artisan” approach to movement, sensitive to the rules of art established by these different traditions, each of which offers specific perspectives on the experience of the body in movement and on what unfolds between them.