Sarah Xiao

Sarah Xiao

Independent Dance Artist

Sarah Xiao started her dance training at the age of 6 in the Province of Hunan, China, and received her professional dance education at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts (HKAPA), majoring in contemporary dance. She has been actively involved in a number of projects with international artists. As an independent dance artist, her open approach to performances leads her to experiments with form and with audience relationships, and to collaborations with artists from various disciplines. She has performed her solo works at art galleries such as Art Statements, Spring Workshop, and Alison Fine Arts. Her works include a 45-minute long site specific work Flaneur, From/to Nothing (collaboration with Australian composer Liam Bellman-Sharpe), Like Pillow, Like Light bulb, They Don't Care About Us, ?, Free Now, and She. Sarah has also collaborated on projects with musicians from the Hong Kong Modern Academy, Hong Kong Zheng Music, and the Hong Kong-based band Blood Wine or Honey.
In 2020, Xiao joined Virtual Residency of Human E-motion project organized by West Kowloon Cultural District. In 2019, Xiaoreceived the Yale-China Artist Fellowship from Yale-China Association to conduct her artistic research with personal interests in music, psychology, sociology and clowning at the Yale University for half year. During her previous studies at HKAPA, Xiaoreceived the Margaret Zee Outstanding Performer Award, the Dean's Prize for Dance, and scholarship to attend the Biblioteca Do Corpo Dance Project at the ImPulsTanz – Vienna International Dance Festival. She also received scholarship from the City Contemporary Dance Company in Hong Kong to attend the Beijing Dance Festival in 2013.