Sara Silkin

As a multi-disciplinary artist working in dance and film, I create works that weave between: physical movement, cinema, illusion, and the exploration of surreal imagery.  

I believe that the arts have the power to articulate the often ineffable aspects of the human psyche. My works are crafted movement narratives that capture the gestures and the spatial patterns stored in the body’s memory. 


Sara Silkin is a French-American-Tunisian artist who holds her BA from UCLA and her MFA from USC’s School of Cinematic Arts, where she was awarded The John Houston Directing Scholarship and Kodak Grant. She is currently the Artistic Director of the Glorya Kaufman Performing Arts Center at Vista Del Mar. She choreographed the Emmy-winning short film “Jibaro” from “Love, Death, & Robots.” She has collaborated with AI artist Refik Anadol on the LA Philharmonic’s 100th Anniversary at The Walt Disney Concert Hall. Sara has choreographed and movement directed for brands: Samsung, Nike, Converse, Sandro, and many more.

Lost Mind

Commissioned by Los Angeles Contemporary Dance Company Fall 2020, LOST MIND is a narrative dance film exploration of the psyche by Sara Silkin. The short film recounts her inability to identify her father's mental illness throughout her life. With her powerful application of surrealist movement imagery, she recreates the emotional physical highs experienced during a manic episode, followed by the endless spirals of depression caused by bipolar disorder.⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣

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