Sara Manente

Sara Manente
Trajectory collaboration


°1978, lives and works in Brussels.

Sara Manente is a choreographer, performer and researcher living in Brussels. She graduated in Communication Sciences at the University of Bologna in 2003, finished the advanced research program in performance studies in a.pass in 2008 and was part of the a.pass Research Center in 2019.

For her, thinking from dance and the body in movement is a way to question how we perceive and do things in relation to our selves and the other. She starts from the idea and allure of something that is opaque, because it opens up an intermediate space and makes way for what is not immediately obvious. Her work demands adaptation, interpretation and activation. Over the years she has developed a series of techniques to create moments of short-circuiting, both with the audience and with the performers.

Her two major dance pieces are Lawaai means Hawaai (2009) and Faire un four (2011), followed by a longer research project focused on ekphrasis and the critical relationship between dance and language: Spectacles (2016-18).

From 2012 to 2019, she has been working with Marcos Simoes questioning notions of collaboration and the relation with the audience by making performances and workshops like This place, x: I liked B better/ y: I am 29 too, Tele Visions and Lava.

In 2019 she received a research grant from the Flemish Authorities for Wicked technology/Wild fermentation. By linking practices of fermentation, feminism and artistic research together, she developed techniques that question the thinking about and perception of togetherness in the live arts. In 2020 she made the research public by editing and publishing the magazine called ROT Issue Zero with the support of a.pass and Kunstencentrum BUDA (Kortrijk).

She has been working as performer, assistant, mentor and collaborator for other artists and institutions: a.pass, KASK, ISAC, Juan Dominguez, Kate McIntosh, Aitana Cordero Vico, Marcos Simoes, Jaime Llopis, Nada Gambier, Gaëtan Bulourde and Andrea Maurer.