Sarah Hopfinger (she) is a queer disabled artist and researcher based in Glasgow, Scotland. She works across live art, dance, choreography, performance, disability and crip practices, queerness, ecology and environmentalism. She is a researcher at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.
Sarah creates solo, collaborative and participatory choreographic performances, often working with diverse collaborators including children and adults, trained and non-trained dancers, disabled and non-disabled performers, artists from different disciplines, and materials/objects.
Her work is philosophically based in, firstly, a crip politics that embraces and celebrates disability as a valid and valuable lifeway, and, secondly, ecological and posthumanist thinking that acknowledges human's unavoidable entanglements in nonhuman life. Her aim is to practice crip politics and ecological philosophy through how and what she creates.
She approaches performance-making as a way to ask difficult questions, be in the unknown and complexities of those questions, practice curiosity and openness, and practice alternative and more ethical ways of being in the world.
Her work often explores lived experience, drawing on the personal and particular to shed light on wider ideas and questions.
Her performances are presented nationally and internationally, including Festival Quartier Danses (Canada), The Place, Take Me Somewhere, Made In Scotland, Battersea Arts Centre, South London Gallery, Buzzcut and Tramway. She publishes her research across books, academic journals, blogs, audio lectures and more.
Her current autobiographical performance project, Pain and I, explores and celebrates the rich complexities of living with chronic pain. Her current practice-led research, Ecologies of Pain, explores through dance and performance how lived experiences of chronic pain can offer insight into living and working with wider ecological pain.