Sharon loves dancing. And creating experiences where active viewing and imagination are welcome. Working and playing with others. And snacks. Experimenting. And finding ways to support and build the creative ecology within a community.
I am an embodied art maker weaving dance performance, visual art and installation elements into performative events. These events originate, reside, and are experienced within the physical body, within our subjective, sensual, intelligent, instinctive, complex, mysterious, mutable and dynamic body-selves. I make art to make sense of myself and my surroundings.
My artistic practice consists of experimental and collaborative processes and projects, frequently site-specific, often interdisciplinary, periodically installations, sometimes free and accessible outside of theaters, spanning urban, suburban and rural settings, including professional artists, students, and some who don’t consider themselves dancers. But really, we all are.
I offer multi-faceted performative spaces, an opportunity to perceive and experience, to sense and feel, to breathe and be. There is often a poetically filmic visual aspect, subtle open-ended landscapes with room for the audience’s personal experiences, plus a juicy physicality offering kinetic and empathic entry points to ground the moment in everyday reality.
Whether stringing twine into a spontaneously designed web in a Washington, DC gallery/theatre; inhabiting a virtually streamed 24-hour performance protest/ritual in response to conflict in the Middle East; co-organizing community site performances along the Potomac River in rural Shepherdstown, WV; creating site-specific dances for the camera; or responding to the architecture of Reston, Virginia’s innovative planned community….
I learn through doing, experience through making, and understand through sharing.
Since 1991 I have been cultivating two professional bodies of work in various communities: my physical/somatic body, and one of artistic inquiry and practice. I make, perform, direct, curate, teach, mentor, learn, research, practice bodywork and arts administrate. And those threads have been interweaving and informing one another for the past twenty-five years. What a gift.
My art practice embraces contemporary dance, somatic (body-mind) studies, improvisation, visual arts, creative writing, experimental music, and invaluable relationships with other artists, as well as architects and scientists, among other creative folks. Since 2002 I have loosely directed mansurdance, engaging near and far-flung project collaborators who deeply inspire me.
I grapple with questions and curiosities concerning presence, absence, memory, mutability, ambiguity and what human beings might conceal and reveal publicly vs. privately. My cultural heritage is Arab-American and Italian-American and much of my work centers around identity of self and place: visible/invisible, overt/subtle, perceiver/perceived, of person/place. Key projects include: (Un)Identified, Off White, here/there, semblance/(re)semblance, residue/variation on residue, and INSERT[ ]HERE.
I love offering open-ended situations for audiences and participants to feel included, acknowledged and sometimes surprise one other, and me! Art is part of daily life, not separate. And I am passionate about developing responsive approaches to making and sharing art so others can meet themselves, contemplate their own ongoing life questions, and continue to learn, grow, laugh, love and connect, try, make mistakes and try again.