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Biography

Sarah Pini is an interdisciplinary researcher, sessional academic and PhD candidate at Macquarie University.

Sarah's PhD research addresses enactments of presence across different dance practices and cultural contexts. Her ethnographic fieldwork included researching Contemporary Ballet in the case of the Ballet National de Marseille performing Emio Greco's work Passione (2017), Contact Improvisation and the community dance event of the Global Underscore in Italy, and Body Weather's immersive training in Australia.

Sarah graduated M.A. in Cultural Anthropology and Ethnology at the University of Bologna, Italy (2012) with a thesis in Medical Anthropology awarded with the highest distinction. During her Master studies she completed one-year Erasmus Programme in Sociology of Health and Illness at the University of Ghent (Belgium), funded by the European Union Lifelong Learning Programme.

She graduated B.A. in Visual Arts at the University Paris 1 – Pantheon-Sorbonne, France (2009), after she trained professionally in ballet and contemporary dance across Europe for several years, working and studying with international choreographers such as William Forsythe, Wayne McGregor, Frédéric Flamand, Carolyn Carlson; among many others.

Sarah artistic research captures the interconnections of movement, emotion and environment and how their dynamic entanglements shape storytelling and sense making.

Sarah is currently developing INFINITO, an experimental short film series that explores the relationship to illness and its transformational aspects from a phenomenological and auto-ethnographic perspective. The first episode ABISSO (2018) received several acknowledgments including the 2019 Council for the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (CHASS) Australia Student Prize and won the 2018 Visual and Creative Ethnography Competition by Australian Anthropology Society (AAS) and Australian Network of Student Anthropologists (ANSA). ABISSO has been selected for international film festivals including IntimateLens 2019, GeoFilmFestival 2019, International Underwater Film Festival Belgrade 2019, and Dance Cinema 2020.

 

Education/Academic qualification

Cultural Anthropology and Ethnology, Master of Arts, Alma Mater Studiorum - University of Bologna

Oct 2010Nov 2012

Visual Arts, Bachelor of Arts, Université de Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne

Sep 2008Nov 2009

External positions

Research Assistant, University of Western Sydney

1 Sep 20171 Oct 2017

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dance Social Sciences
Dancing Medicine & Life Sciences
illness Social Sciences
anthropology Social Sciences
spontaneity Social Sciences
charisma Social Sciences
experience Social Sciences
candidacy Social Sciences

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Projects 2019 2019

Audio-Video Observation, Recording, Analysis and Conferencing Infrastructure

Richardson, M., Wuthrich, V., Kallen, R., Norberg, M., Reichle, E., Wiggins, M., Sutton, J., Nalepka, P., Rigoli, L., Douglas, H., Pini, S., Mingon, M., Falkland, E., Wolters, N., Kwok, C. & Auletta, F.

1/01/1931/12/19

Project: Other

Research Outputs 2012 2019

"ABISSO": artist interview

Ramos, M. & Pini, S., 1 Jun 2019

Research output: Non-traditional research outputDigital or Visual productsResearch

Open Access
Artist
Dance
Stem Cells
Journey
Illness

Becoming a chimaera and rethinking hybridity: an auto-ethnographic journey

Pini, S., 2019, p. 66-67. 2 p.

Research output: Contribution to conferenceAbstractResearchpeer-review

mythology
inhabitant
continuity
illness
animal

HASS Your Say - Visual autoethnography, dance and illness: diving into processes of health and resistance

Pini, S., 28 Nov 2019, CHASS Newsletter.

Research output: Contribution to Newspaper/Magazine/WebsiteWebsite contributionResearch

dance
anthropology
illness
health
student

Moving perspectives: biology is technology

Pini, S. & George, J., 16 Jun 2019, Anthroposphere: The Oxford Climate Review, IV.

Research output: Contribution to Newspaper/Magazine/WebsiteArticleResearch

Open Access
biology
video
art

Resisting the ‘patient’ body: a phenomenological account

Pini, S. & Pini, R., 29 May 2019, In : Journal of Embodied Research. 2, 1, p. 1-13 13 p., 2.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
File
Dancing
Neoplasms
Medicine
Pathology
Wounds and Injuries

Prizes

post-graduate studies
field of study
applicant
candidacy
commitment
research project
candidacy
ethnography
anthropology
illness
resources
experience

Activities 2014 2019

TALKING DANCE: HACKING THE ANTHROPOCENE

Sarah Pini (Speaker)
20 Jan 201927 Jan 2019

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

Resisting the ‘Patient’ Body: A Phenomenological Account

Sarah Pini (Speaker)
25 Oct 2019

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

Becoming a chimaera and rethinking hybridity: An auto-ethnographic journey

Sarah Pini (Speaker)
4 Dec 2019

Activity: Talk or presentationOral presentation

Making Space I: Bodies, Space and the Anthropocene

Sarah Pini (Speaker)
6 Mar 2019

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

BODY REGULATIONS

Sarah Pini (Participant)
22 Mar 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipating in a conference, workshop, ...

Press / Media

Making Space I: Bodies, Space and the Anthropocene

Sarah Pini

12/03/19

1 media contribution

Press/Media: Public Engagement Activities