Garage29 is currently producing the creations of Sabina Scarlat. As a choreographer, performer and dramaturge, Sabina Scarlat likes to invent unusual settings that destroy apparent order and construct disorder and chance. She writes choreographies that escape her knowledge, using raw materials or everyday objects, and defends the worst to think and the impossible to achieve: that the only way to meet the other, or oneself, is to slide on misunderstanding and nonsense.
Born under the uniform of the Eastern bloc, she joined the National Conservatory of Bucharest in classical dance at the age of 11. But life took a 180-degree turn and she found herself in the West, as a psychology student. After graduating from the ULB, she worked in the Brussels Lacanian psychoanalytical milieu.
In 2010, she tries to synthesise and co-founds Garage29 with Nicanor de Elia, a research and creation studio where she starts to experiment with her ideas by inviting choreographers and directors to work there. Over the years, she has developed the studio as a dynamic platform for the emerging artists she works with.
Her first creation (Uniform, 2017) – featuring the symbiosis of two women who mercilessly demolish a large set carved from sand – received the award for best scenography at the international festival Atelier, Baia Mare, Romania.
In 2019, she begins a series of collaborations on the theme of sexual identity: Match 2 with Vilma Pitrinaite – where two unscrupulous female opponents manage to mate while maintaining a fierce competition; Dipa Te with Chloé Beillevaire – a parade of female and male stereotypes with pairs of tights; Sexen or worse with Charlie Cattrall and Elie Tass – for a metaphor of the sexual relationship that doesn’t exist and the impossibility of being ‘One’.
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