Modern with Sarah Beth Oppenheim, Dance Place
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Sarah Beth Oppenheim hails from the Wild Wild West where she never could cut on the dotted black line, so she read Steinbeck and became a modern dancer instead. She’s most at home teaching barefoot in a studio — dancing around with layers on layers of intricate phrasework and super-challenging-mammoth tasks. Career highlights include dancing in forsaken storage closets and performing for Baryshnikov with kale in her incisors, along with gigs at Dance Omi, Ponderosa, the Kennedy Center, Dance Place, The Duke on 42nd St., Marfa, TX, on top of the Chelsea Hotel, the Rothko Room at the National Gallery of Art, the Hawaiian Room at the U.S. Botanic Garden, and secret performances in Lincoln Center’s Koch Theater when she was done cleaning up at the end of the night. Now nighttimes are spent rehearsing with her company Heart Stück Bernie – a highbrow/lowbrow cocktail of quirky luscious movement and unusual bitters with a compass that navigates site-specific intimacy, proscenium avant-garde, subversive practices, and community engagement. And late nights are reserved for her growing family in Silver Spring where they fit beds and a crib between too many bookshelves and a construction paper bear rug. May she have the next dance with you?
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