Sara Baird, artistic director

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Dancing professionally for over 20 years, Sara produced many NYC seasons and toured the U.S., South America, and Europe. She relocated to Asheville in July 2009 where she continues to be the artistic director of Anemone Dance Theater. 

She is honored to announce that she was awarded the North Carolina Arts Council Fellowship in Choreography 2014-15 with funding from the state of NC and The National Endowment for the Arts. Sara currently serves on the board of The Media Arts Project and on the {Re}HAPPENING planning committee. To find out more about this experimental art event, watch this video!

 Sara creates multimedia performances that integrate choreography with light, original music composition, sculptural costumes, and set design. She actively seeks out artistic collaborators to pursue interdisciplinary art making most often in alternative performing spaces. To date, Sara Baird/Anemone Dance Theater has more than 25 original dances in the repertory.

In addition to directing her own company, Sara has performed with the Butoh Rockettes directed by Celeste Hastings, Poppo & Gogo Boys, Richard Move for the Guggenheim Museum, VH1, and the Cannes Film Festival to name a few. In 2007, Baird was chosen by Butoh master Akira Kasai and the The Japan Society in NYC to perform in his commissioned work, Butoh America.

Sara has written and received many grants. Most recently, she was awarded the prestigious North Carolina Arts Council Choreography Fellowship to create a new site specific piece, Invisible Cities that will premier in the summer 2015. She just finished producing UWABE – Art in The Park this October with her dance partner Julie Becton Gillum – funding from The Asheville Arts in the parks Arts & Community Grant. In 2012, Sara received the Media Arts Project (MAP) Community Grant to create Excursus: a kinetic site-specific performance at Lake Eden in Black Mountain, NC for the 2012 {RE} Happening.

She has also received funds from the American Music Center – Live Music for Dance Program, The Puffin Foundation, Yellow Fox Foundation, Princeton University, and the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council and New York Department of Cultural Affairs and The North Carolina Arts Council (RAPG) for Yugen, produced at NC Stage Company, which played to sold out houses.

She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance, cum laude, 1993 from Florida State University and a Masters of Fine Arts in Dance, summa cum laude, 2005 from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee. She is a guest teacher of Butoh Dance, Composition/Improvisation and Performance Art.