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Saara Roppola is a multi-disciplinary artist based in Brisbane, Australia. Her practice traverses performance art, butoh dance, puppetry, installation art, video art, soft sculpture and costume art. Saara has a strong solo art practice focussing on performance-sculpture as well as working on many collaborative projects with other artists and theatre makers. As a designer, costume and puppet maker and performer Saara established Kimera Productions in Amsterdam 2013, and moved the company to Australia in 2015. She completed a Bachelor (hons) of Fine Art, Visual Art at QUT in 2011 and Master in Profession Practice, Performing Arts, USC, in 2017.

Portfolio

2020

House Conspiracy. Tipping Point exhibition | Carbon | Butoh Performance

Modifyre / Frequency TV | RAD presents a 10 hour POLLINATOR take over |Live stream of  interdisciplinary performance happening 

2019

BackBone | Forgotten Wings Project | Butoh Performance Sculpture with Orthotyp-A

Anywhere Theatre Festival | Existential Worm | Roving performance and soft sculpture

Kamaitachi Village Festival, Hijikata Museum, Japan | Water Pot | Butoh Performance                 

2018

Metro Arts Death fest |Cthonica |Psycho Ranbow | Performance costume                                  

Watt Space Gallery, Newcastle | This is Not Art festival | Tender Tension | Solo Performance - sculpture                       

Penny Contemporary, Hobart | Nu:Classical exhibition event | Carbon | Solo Performance                                                                                                            2017                                                                                                                                                       

Pop Gallery, Brisbane | Puppet Tearing exhibition | Solo sculpture-performanc 2016                                                                                                                    Analogue Gallery, Brisbane | SxPlus, Real Live Nude exhibition | Real Nude | Solo Performance              

Anywhere Theatre Festival, Prohibition Brisbane |Sx Plus  exhibition | Baba | Solo Performance            

BARI Festival | Yonder | Candi | Solo Performance                                                                                    

Sword in the Shell ARI, Brisbane | Reproduction exhibition | Mamama |

Solo Performance- sculpture performances with sculptural costuming and puppetry as Kimera Productions

2015 -2018 

Kimera Productions, Queensland  |  Woodford Folk Festival,  Jungle Love Festival,, Yonder - BARI fesitival,  Earth Frequency Festival, Concrete Jungle, Andromeder Festival,  Manifest Festival, West End Festival, Redcliff Festival, Splender in the Grass, numerous private events.                         

2012 - 2015

Kimera Productions, Europe                                                                                                       

Supperclub Amsterdam, 360° Istanbul, Studio 80 - Amsterdam, Unleashed - Amsterdam, Various town festivals -Italy

Collaborations

2018

Metro Arts/Flowstate | Death Fest | Moving Through | Performance with Kellie O'Dempsey                                           

Queensland Art Gallery, GOMA | Picasso, The Vollard Suite | The Drawing Laberynth | Performance/life drawing/ lecture with William Platz                                                                                                                            

2017                                                                                                                                                             

Warehouse, Brisbane | Away and Towards | Performance with Kellie O'Dempsey

Performance Contracts                                                                                                                                                2017                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            

MONA | Dark MOFO, Hobart | ACTION:150 | Performer with Hermann Nitsch 2016                                                                                                       

GOMA | The Heard | Performer with Nick Cave

Community Projects

2019 - Ongoing  

HOUSE CONSPIRACY, Brisbane | POLLINATOR | Monthly curated Interdisciplinary Studio Sessions

Education                             

~University of the Sunshine Coast, Masters of Professional Practice Performaning Arts, 2017                                       

~Queensland University of Technology, Bachelor with honours, Fine Art, Visual Art  2011

~Zen Zen Zo training with Lynne Bradley, The Viewpoints, Butoh, Suzuki Method, 2017                                

~Butoh performance training with Masaki Iwana, Akira Kasai, Stefano Taiuti, Tadashi Endo,  Moeno Wakamutsu at various studios, Europe. Dairakudakan, Japan, and Katsura Kan (Jap), Australia. 2011 - 2017                                  

~Okido Yoga Teachers qualification with residential retreat qualifications, Okido Dojo, Netherlands. 2011 - 2014   

~Diploma of Arts, Crafts and Community Art, TAFE Morningside. 2001

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