Sara Coffin

Photo: Joshua Sugiyama 

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Sara Coffin

co-Artistic director

Originally from Nova Scotia, Sara Coffin returned east after cultivating her professional career in Vancouver, BC for eleven years. Sara led Mocean Dance as Interim Artistic Director in 2011/2012 and has since continued with the company as Artistic Associate/Co-Artistic Director. Deepening her choreographic, performance and pedagogical practices, Sara completed her MFA in Choreography and Performance at Smith College in Northampton, MA (2014).

Prior to her graduate studies, Sara also completed her BFA in dance at Simon Fraser's School for the Contemporary Arts (2003), and her Kinesiology degree (BSc K) from Dalhousie University (2006). Multiple Award winner, Sara was the recipient of the the Santa Aloi Award (2010), Iris Garland Emerging Choreographer Award (2009), and the BC Emerging Dance Artist Award (2005).

Notable artist she has worked with include: Chris Aiken and Angie Hauser (USA), Daelik of MACHiNENOiSY, Jennifer Clarke, Claire French, Mascall Dance, Susan Elliott, The Holy Body Tattoo, and the TILT sound + motion dance company. In 2010, Sara was the catalyst for the creation and presentation of the Canadian premiere of Schreibstuck by German choreographer Thomas Lehmen.

Sara is a co-founder for SiNS (sometimes in Nova Scotia) Dance, a collective that traverses Canada. As an artist, her endeavors in research, creation, and production have been supported by the Canada Council for the Arts, the BC Arts Council, and ArtsNS for both study abroad and in support of her choreographic practice. Including attending ADF (2002), Impulstanz (2005), Melt-NYC (2009), Smith graduate studies (2012, 2103) and to research dance and on-line performance platforms, among others.

Coffin's work has been presented throughout Nova Scotia, in Toronto, Victoria, and Vancouver in many prominent Canadian dance festivals. As a choreographer Sara is interested in the vulnerability of the human body and our connection and function to technology as a society. Her full-length work taking your experience for mine was described by the press as ‘hauntingly gorgeous, witty, and where the virtual goes visceral’ and was included in the publication What They Said: Dance at the Centre (Vancouver, 2011).

An experienced dance educator, she has led classes, workshops, and intensives in technique, improvisation, composition, and contact improvisation across Canada for over 10 years. Sara was on the board of directors for the Dance Centre’s Artistic Advisory Committee, CADA/BC and was assistant programmer and core faculty at the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts in Burnaby, BC for seven years.

Photograph by Holly Crooks