About Sarah Foster-Sproull

Auckland, Aotearoa, New Zealand

Sarah Foster-Sproull (CBA ’21) is a choreographer in residence at The Royal New Zealand Ballet and Senior Lecturer in Dance Studies at the University of Auckland Dance Studies program. Her academic work focuses on choreography, creative practice and contemporary dance technique. Foster-Sproull was the Creative New Zealand Choreographic Fellow (2017 – 2019) and is currently the Artistic Director of Auckland-based dance company Foster Group, funded by Creative New Zealand. To date, she has choreographed for the New York Choreographic Institute, Royal New Zealand Ballet, New Zealand Dance Company, Footnote NZ Dance, Guangdong Modern Dance Company (China), The Human Expression (Singapore), and VOU Dance (Fiji). She is a distinguished graduate of the New Zealand School of Dance and holds a Master in Dance Studies from the University of Auckland – Dance Studies.

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At CBA, Foster-Sproull worked with a multimodal process (movement, film, drawing, small scale sculpture and painting) and developed choreography for a new ballet pas de deux. The work examines theories of entanglement and metaphysical desire through lenses of mythic, feminist, and popular culture. Exploration of these themes across multi mediums directed the auto generation of solo material. This movement was curated to examine aesthetic morphosis and choreograph duet through the use of film.


Three dancers performing in Sarah Foster-Sproulls Orchids.

"Orchids" by Sarah Foster-Sproull. Photo by Jocelyn Janon

Photo by Dean Carruthers.

Three dancers performing in Sarah Foster-Sproulls Orchids.