Michelle Sagarminaga is the Artistic Director and choreographer of SagaDance Company. After graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from California Institute of the Arts in dance and composition. Michelle moved to the big apple where started her NYC based dance company. She was selected as one of the emerging choreographers for the Mare Nostrum Elements residency at the Laguardia Performing Arts Center. Here she premiered her most recent work “CRI-HELP”, which then was selected into various NYC venues and festivals, such as the Gibney dance ‘showdown’, “Translate (voices of dance) – a festival of new choreography” led by JChenProject at the DIXON PLACE and the “White Wave dance festival”. In, addition her production ‘sKIN’ premiered at the Center for Performance Research fostering 17 artists in a multidisciplinary collaboration. Soon after she was one of five choreographers invited to participate in ‘WORK 2017′, a Choreographic lab at Barnard College (NYC), focusing on discovering ways that language informs process and context, and experiment, play, and take risks. Led by Susan Marshal, Pavel Zuštiak, and dramaturg Melanie George. Michelle has trained and performed works from various choreographers and companies such as Hofesh Shechter, Kibbutz Contemporary Dance, and Ohad Naharin. Her recent move to Los Angeles opens a new platform to create new works and collaborations. She is thrilled to be working Mallory Fabian and fellow Fabe dancers.
“Life motivates my practice. My work, much like emotions stems from mental states or qualities that are associated with them, especially in contrast to reason. While every person experiences a unique journey through life, there is a shared a system of communication that conveys our thoughts, feelings, and intentions to those around us. My work attempts to provoke an emotional response. I am interested in creative approaches that combine parameters with spontaneous choices. I don’t just show them what the body is doing but why the body is doing it.”