Shifting Perspectives

Shifting Perspectives is a short dance film inspired by a conversation published on Grow between two leaders in the field of synthetic biology (Sarah Richardson and Tom Knight) and their divergent approaches to working with microbial life. The film seeks to open an interdisciplinary dialogue between screendance and synthetic biology. Shifting Perspectives was developed by Sarah Pini in collaboration with Jestin George and Melissa Ramos during a Responsive Research Residency at Critical Path in Sydney, April and May 2020.

Shifting Perspectives premiered at the National Science Week on Saturday 15th August 2020.


Choreography (Live Performances)

Karen Shoes SDU dance company

Inspired by H.C. Andersen's famous tale ‘the red shoes’, the five young dancers in 'Karen’s shoes' present a contemporary version of the original story, where pride and disobedience can also become a source of power and resistance.

Concept and Choreography: Sarah Pini In collaboration with the dancers: Siine Barzel, Josephine Gram Nørregaard, Tanja Jensen, Katrine Tofte Hansen and Jingjing Wu. Music: Carl Nielsen ‘Tågen letter’ and ‘Tit er jeg glad’.

Bocca di Rosa

Music Video for Italian jazz duo “Musica Nuda” Petra Magoni & Ferruccio Spinetti

Directed by Sarah & Ruggero Pini, 2009

Choreography: Sarah Pini

Filming & Editing: Ruggero Pini;

Performers: Giulia Berti, Caterina Campagna, Ares D’Angelo, Dalia De Angelis, Giulia Martirani, Sarah Pini, Caterina Pio, Giulia Tacconi


Excerpt from the contemp-extemporary dance performance, Marzanotte Festival 2010, Marzabotto, Italy.

Concept and Choreography: Sarah Pini

In collaboration with the dancers: Silvia Bastianelli, Silvia Parmeggiani

Music: W.A. Mozart “Eine Kleine Nachtmusik”


Excerpt from ONLIMIT dance performance, Summer Dance Festival 2008 “Endas Ensemble Gloria Barbieri” Sasso Marconi, Italy.

Choreography: Sarah Pini

Video: Ruggero Pini, Stefano Terigi, Gianmarco Gaviani

Performers: Serena Grigoletto, Annarita Scaramozza, Sarah Pini with the kind participation of Marin Bodin, Joe Walking, Morgan Runacre-Temple and Jessica Wright.

La Recherche de la Beaute

Video-live performance ‘La Recherche de la Beauté’, Amphithéâtre de la Verrière, Aix-en-Provence, France, June 2006.

Concept and performance: Sarah Pini

Video: Dorothée Béart

Voice: Pierre Andrieux

Talks & Presentations

Stage Presence in Dance: A Cognitive Ecological Ethnographic Approach

Talk presented at the ECogS Seminars series hosted by The Embodied Cognitive Science Unit at Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University (OIST), Okinawa Japan, 17 October 2022.