Sara Zalek (they/them/we/our/us), is a performing artist and facilitator, rooted in physical investigations of trauma, resilience, hybrids, and our complicated relationship to knowing. Our work challenges the capitalist quest for the eternal elixir, and asserts the intentional act of disruption to create social and ecological change.​

We connect national and international teaching artists with Chicago art makers across genres in the independent and fringe arenas (including dance, Butoh, Physical Theater, Experimental Music). We foster positive communication and arts integration within Chicago’s complex, overlapping sectors. We create opportunities for workshops, performances, and conversations about the body, for the body. Butoh Curious / Butoh Chicago:

Our individual selves serve as microcosms of the collective body. We wish to thrive and to dance, passionately, creatively, respectfully.

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[SHOOT v. 3] 2013 Collaboration with Holly Chernobyl, Carole McCurdy, and Hanna Brock. Museum of Poison curated by Helen Thorsen at Hamlin Park Studio Theater, Chicago. Photo by Dubi Kaufmann.