Cia Sautter dances, acts and tells stories to translate old tales into modern dramas. With a doctorate in Religion and the Arts from the Graduate Theological Union, she brings a wealth of training and experience to her work. Though she has learned many dance forms, Cia now focuses on Flamenco, and studied with master teacher Susana Di Palma for many years. Also inspired by acting study, especially at the Globe theatre in London, she gradually developed Storydance theatre, using a combination of active storytelling and dance. She creates work combining her knowledge and skills, often re-writing Jewish folktales with a modern twist. Locally, she has produced and performed in the Minnesota Fringe Festival, and also at small venues and schools, in larger shows with Anda Flamenco, featured as a soloist in Zorongo student shows, and performed nationally and internationally at conferences and events. Cia has a new book published by Routledge on The Performance of Religion: Seeing the Sacred in Theatre. Her previous publication, The Miriam Tradition, was appreciated by many for its emphasis on women’s contributions to the performing arts in Jewish community life.
ARTS AND EDUCATION EXPERIENCE
Independent Performer and Instructor, 1997-2018.
*Performed in dance and theatre productions for schools, conferences, large and small arts venues, and special events, including the Fringe Festival, Storyarts Minnestoa, Zorongo, Anda Flamenco, Cabaret, the Jewish Arts festival, Oakland Blues festival,Emeryville dance by the Bay.
*Taught creative movement and storytelling to children for after-school, summer project, and camps, inlcuding Macphail Center for the arts, Tehiyah day school, the Minneapolis Jewish Community Center; assisted at Interacte Center for the Arts.
*Created and lead workshops and classes on dance, movement, and communication for schools and seminars, including Mental Health conferences, teacher trainings, women’s conferences, United Theological Seminary, The Graduate Theological Union, University of California-Berkeley.
*Taught creative yoga classes for children and adults at studios, schools, community education, and health clubs.
*Created and taught arts curriculum on history, culture, and literature for elementery through college students, and adult education.
2000 The Graduate Theological Union Ph.D.
Religion and the Arts, with specialization in World Religions and Culture; Dance and Music history at UC-Berkeley.
University of Minnesota
Continuing study in Dance History and Philosophy; Religion; Dance Therapy (Metro State).
United Theological Seminary
Religion and the Arts.
Gustavus Adolphus College B.A.
English, Religion - includes University study in Israel; dance and theater study.
Additional Training: Pedagogy and Theatre of the Oppressed Conference; Globe Theater, London ; Zorongo Flamenco, Anda Flamenco, Wigman modern, Indian, Persian, Irish, African dance; Yoga teacher certification; Guthrie Theatre education classes.
Teaching and Curriculum Development
- Taught 5-115 students for both classroom and online college and graduate school classes in the Arts and Humanities.
- Created classes, wrote syllabi, and taught courses covering Performance Studies, Arts and Culture, Religion and Ethics.
- Taught and advised a diverse range of students, at elementary, state and community colleges and private schools.
- Delivered classroom, online, and web-enhanced college classes.
Research and Writing
- Published scholarly articles for academic journals, encyclopedias, and educational resources on arts, culture, and ehtics.
- Wrote book manuscripts for publication on dance, arts, and culture.
- Wrote and delivered papers for national and international conferences on the arts and culture.
United Theological Seminary, 2001-13. Created, wrote and developed curriculum, taught, and evaluated classes of 5-20 graduate students in courses on Dance and World Religions; developed and taught curriculum for Arts and Religion in Judaism/Islam; Judaism, Hinduism, World Religions Survey. Taught non-credit Yoga classes.
University of California-Berkeley, 2000; 1997 Created, wrote curriculum, and taught semester course on dance in world cultures and religion; served as assistant for course on Dance, Gender, and Ethnicity in American Culture.
Graduate Theological Union, 1999 Created, wrote curriculum, and taught semester course on dance in world cultures and religion.
Pacific Shool of Religion, 1998 Created, wrote curriculum, and taught Summer School course on dance in world cultures and religion.
Arts and Humanities
College of St. Scholastica, 2012-2018. Created materials and taught online classes in Spirituality, Women and World Religions, Ethics for 15-20 college students.
St. Cloud State University, 2009-2012. Created, wrote and developed curriculum, taught, and evaluated 25-115 college students in classes for Performance Studies, World Religions; Contemporary Thought in Judaism/Christianity/Islam; New Testament, incorporating arts education into all classes.
Minneapolis Community and Technical College, 2007-09. Created, wrote and developed curriculum, taught, and evaluated 25-40 beginning community college students in online and live classes for Arts and World Cultures, World Religions, Ethics. Participated in faculty curriculum development, assessment meetings.
Minnesota School of Business, 2005-07. Developed curriculum, wrote lectures and materials, taught, and evaluated classes of 5-30 traditional and adult beginning undergraduate students in Arts and Humanities , Introduction to Literature, Film in Society, Art in the Modern World, Composition, Speech, Interpersonal Relations. Participated in faculty development classes.
Augsburg College, 2002-2004. Created, wrote and developed curriculum, taught, and evaluated 20-30 traditional and adult undergraduate students in introductory Religious Studies classes. Participated in faculty assessment and re-development of curriculum; faculty development classes for teaching skills.
Performance Highlights: All performances are self-created
- The Golmah Project - storydance theatre, retelling the story of the Golem from a feminist and social justice perspective, Bryant Lake Bowl 2018 full production; Minneapolis Fringe Festival, 2016; Theatre of the Oppressed Conference, June 2015; Storyarts November, 2014; IFTR conference, Warwick, England, July 2014.
“Ha Gan: The Garden” bata de cola flamenco piece, Choreographer’s Workshop Performance – 2017, Zorongo Flamenco.
“Flamenco Ferria” interactive performance, Crestview Nursing Home.
January 2012 “Hasidic Alegrias” 9X22, Bryant Lake Bowl.
“Alegrias Adriana” Zorongo Student show solo
Grant Awards:; 2018 Howard and Ruth Brin Jewish Arts Fund $2500; Metropolitan Regional Arts Council Community arts grant $5000; 2016 Rimon Jewish Arts Council $750.
RESEARCH, PUBLICATIONS, AND PRESENTATIONS
Monographs: The Performance of Religion: Seeing the Sacred in the Theatre. New York: Routledge, 2017.
“Performing Religion” - Examining performance history as moral development.
“Faustus and Being Good: Ethical Choices” – myth, symbol, and ethics.
“All’s Well That Ends Well: Choice and Responsibility” – gendered performance and relationship.
“Always End with Dance” – Religion, Ethics, and non-verbal communication.
The Miriam Tradition: Teaching Embodied Torah. University of Illinois Press, December, 2010.
2016/17 “Women, Dance, and Death: The Endecha Traditon”, for Death in Medieval Europe: Death Scripted and Death Choreographed, Joelle Rollo-Koster, ed., Routeledge.
2009 "Kabbalah/Yoga," article on Yoga, Kabbalah, and sex for The Journal of Inter-religious Dialogue.
2008 “Kabbalah and Social Justice”; “Yoga and Social Justice” for Encyclopedia of Religion and Social Justice.
2006 “Dance” for Encyclopedia of Religion, Communication, and Media. Routledge.
2005 “Teaching the Dance of World Religions” on study of religion as culture and practice, Wabash Center, The Journal of Teaching Theology and Religion.
2002 “Chochmat:Rhymes with Spirit Rock” Journal of Religion and Popular Culture. Volume 1 Issue 1, Spring 2002, pp. 5-5.
2001 “Miriam’s Dance,” chapter in All the Women Followed Her, Rikudi Press.
October 2018, “Jewish Renewal, Dance, Social Justice” paper presentation for Jews and Jewishness in the Dance World, Arizona State University.
April, 2018 “Golmah: The Jewish Wonder Woman” full play, an allegory on the Golem, Jewish and feminist history and contemporary issues, self-written, produced and performed.
August, 2016 “Golmah: The Jewish Wonder Woman” self-written, produced, performed play at the Minneapolis Fringe Festival.
April, 2016 “Performing Religion and Jewish Studies,” Upper Midwester American Academy of Religion Meeting, Saint Paul, MN.
November, 2015 “Smart Girls are Beautiful” performance and paper on performance as research, American Academy of Religion Annual meeting, Atlanta, Georgia.
June, 2015 “Golmah” performance and research discussion, Pedagogy and Theatre of the Oppressed Conference, Chicago, Illinois.
July, 2014 “Layers of Shakespeare” IFTR conference paper, University of Warwick, England, religious ethics and performance through theory of Martha Nussbaum and Walter Benjamin.
April, 2012 “Layers of Shakespeare” Midwest AAR presentation, St. Paul, MN.
July, 2013 “The Case of Philomela” International Federation of Theatre Research paper presentation, Barcelona, Spain. Martin Buber’s writing on theater and ethics are employed to examine a neo-Latin play.
May, 2013 “Staging Jewish Ethics: Martin Buber and Theater,” adult education class, Temple Israel, Minneapolis, MN.
2009 “Sway, Balance, and Ritual: A Jewish Example,” paper on cognitive theory and religious ritual, for the 2009 American Academy of Religion conference.
2008 “Kabbalah/Yoga” for Upper Midwest Regional American Academy of Religion meeting.
2005 “Blessed are you for Creating Harry: Harry Potter’s Jewishness” academic conference, Reading, England.
2004 “Happiness, Ecstasy, and the Text of Joy,” for 2004 Red River Valley Conference on World Literature.