sara june

sara june is a choreographer and performer based in Boston, Massachusetts. Her performances are often improvised acts of exchange that are rooted in a spare aesthetic; each dance utilizes imagery found in the performance site as a basis for interchange between the body and space. Her recent work has focused on kinetic relationships between humans and machines, the body and the natural environment, the dancer and the musician. She is currently working with composer John Morrison on a collaborative work for the stage based on the topographical relationships found in japanese landscape paintings. In addition to her performance work, sara teaches and directs butoh-based body method through the Umi no Bodi movement troupe. She founded the troupe in 2008 to train movers of all backgrounds and levels of experience and to create group dances through an image-based choreographic process.

She is the co-founder and producer of two ongoing performance events for composers and choreographers, The Juddertone Consortium ( with composers Jane Wang and Juliet Case) and the Zeroplan Performance Series ( with Max Lord ). An ongoing bi-coastal creative collaboration with California-based butoh artist Deborah Butler, the Anywhere Performance Project, utilizes remote technologies as a tool to facilitate dialogues about found spaces for movement. All three projects seek to expand the scope of improvised performance through the enhancement of collaborative relationships.

sara’s training and background is based in butoh, noguchi gymnastics, ritual mexicano theater, and contemporary movement techniques. Since 2000, she has performed solo, group, and ensemble work in Boston, Philadelphia, Providence, and New York City. Selected venues include Mobius, Green Street Studios, the New Museum, the Jonathan Shorr Gallery, the Joyce Soho, AS220, Grace Space, and the Tank. sara is a former member of the Boston-based Kitsune Butoh (2003-06) under the direction of Deborah Butler and the NYC post-modern butoh troupe, the Vangeline Theater (2006-08) under the direction of Vangeline. She has performed with Master butoh artist Katsura Kan (Curious Fish, 2002, 2008), and trained with international artists Hiroko Tamano, Su-En, and Diego Pinon as well as American artists Deborah Butler, Vangeline, and Jennifer Hicks. In addition to her other projects, she currently dances for Liz Roncka’s Real-Time Performance Project. She received her bachelor’s degree in painting from the Rhode Island School of Design (1997) her Master’s degree in Developmental Psychology from Harvard University (2005), and is currently pursuing another Master’s Degree in Clinical Social Work and Behavioral Medicine at Boston University.

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