The Kennedy Center

Sarah Beth Oppenheim



Biography

I hail from the Wild, Wild West, where I had trouble cutting on the dotted black line, so I read Steinbeck and became a modern dancer instead. A child of sweater vests and bowties, I have taught for more than half my life. I believe dance matters. And I’d like to persuade you likewise, and wordwise. I earned my BFA in Dance at SUNY Purchase, before moving to Berlin to found my first dance company. Ever since, I have created big movement for small spaces with a good view of a crescent moon. I’ve also led tours at Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp, cleaned house for a generously tipping stripper, performed for Baryshnikov with kale in my incisors, and danced on a Noah Baumbach film set. Since landing in the middle of the country’s worst traffic, I have lovingly driven to rehearsals for Stephanie Miracle, Tzveta Kassabova, Sharon Mansur, Robin Neveu Brown, Jessie Laurita-Spanglet, and Colette Krogol & Matthew Reeves’ Orange Grove Dance. I am currently pursuing my MFA at UMD while serving as Associate Director of Greater Washington Dance Center. I live in Takoma Park with the love of my life, overflowing bookshelves, and a fireplace decorated with construction paper flames.

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Watch Past Performances

Video 9/30/2016: Local Dance Commissioning Project: Sarah Beth Oppenheim

Drawing inspiration from significant events in JFK's presidency including the Commission on the Status of Women, Civil Rights Legislation and the tumultuous social and congressional climate, the excitement and science of the race to the moon, and JFK's July 1963 request to Congress to abolish the quota system of immigration, Sarah Beth Oppenheim and her company Heart Stück Bernie will create a 50-minute work for the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage accompanied by original music and sound score by local musicians Andrew C. Oppenheim, Daniel Mancini, and Oliver Mertz. With her signature quirky-luscious dance, intimate audience performance art, and dynamic blend of highbrow and lowbrow zeitgeist ingredients, Heart Stück Bernie invites audience members to wield powerful choice, embody creative problem solving, and experience the viscera of political movement; not unlike the '60s and President John F. Kennedy's great call to action when he asked the American people what they could do for their country.

Video 9/29/2016: Local Dance Commissioning Project: Sarah Beth Oppenheim

Drawing inspiration from significant events in JFK's presidency including the Commission on the Status of Women, Civil Rights Legislation and the tumultuous social and congressional climate, the excitement and science of the race to the moon, and JFK's July 1963 request to Congress to abolish the quota system of immigration, Sarah Beth Oppenheim and her company Heart Stück Bernie will create a 50-minute work for the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage accompanied by original music and sound score by local musicians Andrew C. Oppenheim, Daniel Mancini, and Oliver Mertz. With her signature quirky-luscious dance, intimate audience performance art, and dynamic blend of highbrow and lowbrow zeitgeist ingredients, Heart Stück Bernie invites audience members to wield powerful choice, embody creative problem solving, and experience the viscera of political movement; not unlike the '60s and President John F. Kennedy's great call to action when he asked the American people what they could do for their country.

Sarah Beth Oppenheim