Sara Silkin

My multi-disciplinary work utilizes dance and cinema to analytically decompose movement and explore the concept of the ‘‘mind-body connection.” 

Movement is expressive of an individual’s inner state and can communicate information physically both unconsciously or consciously. By capturing the gestures, the spatial patterns, and the tension stored in the body’s memory, I aim for the viewer to have a visceral experience that leads them to question their own physical language.


Sara Silkin is a French-American-Tunisien 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.”

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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