Sara Holwerda
SAVANNAH MORNING NEWS

"Sara Holwerda offers a vivid tribute to Marilyn Monroe in “I Love Diamonds,” a mixed media fan depicting the blonde bombshell in curvy silhouette, her hot pink gloved fingers reaching out to caress a giant jewel."

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W2S EXHIBITION CATALOG

In Douglas Max Utter's essay about And is Herself Created, he describes the performance The Fall, as a continuation of the investigation of movement and performance that I began in Chair Dance II:

"Holwerda makes the wrong moves, over and over again, until they aren't wrong anymore, but begin to form the outlines of a life, of a self and a world, where new rules, or no rules, apply."

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TINY DIVAS

I <3 Diamonds and Dressing Marilyn are in this small works show celebrating "the celebrity divine."

Tiny Divas is on view from 1.16.15 - 1.27.15 at Non Fiction Gallery in Savannah, GA

Non-Fiction Gallery Website
EMERGENCY INDEX Vol. 3

Chair Dance (Adagio) is included in the 2013 Emergency Index, published by Ugly Duckling Presse:

"Emergency Index attempts to capture a broad snapshot of the "state of the field" of performance, as it exists right now, and as described by artists themselves."

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WOMEN IN THE ARTS

I am honored to be presenting Chair Dance: Object Manipulation in Performance at the 2014 Women in the Arts Conference.

I will give a live performance followed by a talk that will explore how movement, image and object can be manipulated to shift expectations about the role of the female body in performance.

November 7th, 2:00 p.m. in the auditorium of the J.C. Penny Conference Center at the University of Missouri-St. Louis.

UMSL Women in the Arts
RUTGERS UNIVERSITY'S Momentum Directory

My work is included in perpetuity on the Rutgers Institute for Women and Art's Momentum Directory:

"The Momentum Directory is a networking gateway linking the public to women and transgender artists who embrace varied technologies in their artistic production, and other arts professionals who engage in critical explorations in the field of gender, feminism, art, and technology."

Momentum Directory
TAMPA BAY TIMES

As reviewed by Lennie Bennett:

"Sara Holwerda's Chair Dance II is a superbly choreographed performance in which the infamous stripper chair dance is transformed into an awkward struggle with the chair as a dance between victim and victimizer. In one position, the woman's head is trapped by the chair legs as if it's holding her in a head lock. We know that she could just push the chair away but for her (and at some level us, too) it has become an inescapable aggressor."

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COLOGNEOFF 2014 - Alienated Identities

I am excited to be presenting Chair Dance II to an international audience in September as part of CologneOff 2014 - 10th annual International Video Art Festival:

CologneOFF Screening: Total Art - "Alienated Identities"
Muza Plus - a space for art
Tel-Aviv, Israel
September 13th, 2014

CologneOFF blog
SPATIAL DISRUPTION

Chair Dance II is included in the EyeSplice Collective exhibition Spatial Disruption at the Morean Arts Center in St. Petersburg Florida, curated by Cindy Mason.

On view September 13th - October 26th, 2014

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UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES

My video work Chair Dance II is included in the exhibition Unintended Consequences juried by DIA Associate Curator of Contemporary Art Rebecca Hart at the University of Michigan Stamps School of Art and Design.

On view in the Slusser Gallery during the Ann Arbor Art Fair, July 14th - August 2nd

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PRACTICAL FEMINISM

Chair Dance II is included in Practical Feminism at Radiator Gallery, organized by EyeSplice Collective and Megan Piontkowski.

Radiator Arts
10-16 Jackson Ave.
Long Island City, NY 11106

Opening Reception: Friday May 2, 6-9 PM

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AND IS HERSELF CREATED featuring THE FALL

Solo exhibition at at The Sculpture Center, opening March 20, 2014.

"This contemporary homage to the Moulin Rouge examines the origins of persistent female archetypes in mythology and pop culture, and features a live performance."

Please visit the website for the project: GOD IS THE DJ

Please Visit the Sculpture Center website: The Sculpture Center
CHAIR DANCE ENSEMBLE at Cranbrook Art Museum

Violinist Johanna Weisbrock, current and former Cranbrook students, and myself perform Chair Dance with Cranbrook Academy of Art students at Crandemonium - Cranbrook's fundraising Gala November 2, 2013

In the Detroit area? Purchase tickets here.
LOLWUT: An Exhibition of Intermedia and Performance Art

My live performance Chair Dance (Adagio) is included in LOLWUT, curated by Ellen Mueller at the Seeth Gallery in Buckhannon, WV. Opening and live performances September 5th at 4:30 p.m.

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LA INTRUSA DANZA

La Intrusa Danza from Spain, Sara Zalek and Sara Holwerda from Chicago perform at Defibrillator Performance Gallery in Chicago August 17th and 18th. Both performances start at 8.

I will be performing Chair Dance (Adagio) live with musical accompaniment by Johanna Wiesbrock on viola.

Gallery Website
RAPID PULSE International Performance Art Festival

June 1st at 7:00 p.m. at Defibrillator Performance Art Gallery.

I will be performing a new piece in my series of Chair Dance works: Chair Dance (Adagio) accompanied by Johanna Wiesbrock on viola.

Festival Website

Performance documentation
CHICAGO READER BLOG - The Bleader

My work reviewed in the Bleader by Sarah Nardi:

"...in one of Holwerda's performance pieces, Chair Dance II, in which she is by turns empowered, impeded, and imprisoned by a prop meant to enhance her sexuality."

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SEX SELLS

Sex Sells: The Power and Influence of Sexual Imagery
Jackson Junge Gallery, Chicago, IL

Opening: May 10, 2013 6 - 9 p.m.

Olivette, and Beet from the "Aphrodisiacs" painting series will be included in this group show.

J2 Gallery Website

MTV LIQUID TELEVISION - "Put Another Ring on It"

Put a Ring on It featured in an MTV animation blog

Blog Entry

STRANGE GLUE

Barmaiden series is featured in the "Virtual Annex" of the Strange Glue exhibition.

Thompson Gallery Blog

MIA SCREENING: HUMAN ANIMAL

Chair Dance II is included in MIA’s September screening, HUMAN ANIMAL at the Armory Center for the Arts.

"HUMAN ANIMAL features performance based video art exploring relationships with the body, sexuality and sculpture."

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