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/Cycle 1 in 2019.
"In my work there is often the concern of expanding the moment before naming or categorizing. A sort of suspension in a state of affects, paradoxes and possibles. In this suspension something happens to the body."
Her projects circulate around topics such as language/opacity/noise, hybrid/chimera/third.
Interested in narrowing the distance between the performer, the work and the spectator, she realizes works of different size and format: book launch, 3D film, written text, interview, choreographic piece, workshop, telepathic experience, etc.
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. This place, x: I liked B better/ y: I am 29 too , Tele Visions and Lava.
In 2019 she receives a research grant from the Flemish Authorities for Wicked technology/Wild fermentation: “by linking practices of fermentation, feminism and artistic research, I am interested in putting together techniques that transform thought, perception and doing (of togetherness) in live cultures and live arts.” In 2020, focusing on the idea of performative publishing, she edits a magazine called ROT and starts organizing ROT GARDEN, a curatorial event unfolding from the publication.
At the moment she is preparing a new dance piece for 3 performers and other assembled bodies. Starting with a long studio residency at Wiels, the project will be presented in 2022 in kcBuda, far° Festival, CTakt and Kaaitheater.
She is a regular dedicated mentor at the a.pass master program and she taught at KASK, ISAC, ZUYD and DOCH.
She has been working with and performing for Juan Dominguez, Kate McIntosh, Aitana Cordero Vico, Marcos Simoes, Jaime Llopis, Nada Gambier, Gaëtan Bulourde, Andrea Maurer, Begüm Erciyas and Beatrice Balcou.