Sarah Tallman

Dancer, Choreographer

“the only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars.”

-Jack Kerouac, On the Road

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Sarah Tallman was born and raised in the state of Colorado. With a passion and a flair for the dramatic, her early training pushed her through the rigors of classical ballet, and delightfully exposed her to music and theatrics.  Sarah has studied with Cheri Noble,  Lizanne McAdams-Graham, Arthur Leeth, and Jeff Rockland.  Sarah holds a BA in Dance Performance and Choreography from the University of Northern Colorado. She has participated in the Inside ODC workshop, Baardar Danse Akadamiet in Oslo, Norway and Perry Mansfield Performing Arts School.  

 

Sarah has danced with David Taylor Dance Theatre, Kim Robards Dance, Lynn Barr, Gleich Dances Contemporary Ballet and Ballet Nouveau Colorado.

Under the general and artistic direction of Pelham Pearce,  Sarah has danced as a Principal Artist with Central City Opera. She has powerfully performed to critical acclaim in  Danny Pelzig's Carmen,  as “Anna II” in  Ken Cazan's Seven Deadly Sins and “Dream Laurey” in Ken Cazan's and Danny Pelzig's Oklahoma!. 

Currently in her 13th season with Wonderbound she has danced numerous leading roles by award winning Artistic Director and Choreographer Garrett Ammon. Her experiences at Wonderbound have allowed her to work and collaborate alongside musicians, poets, mentalists, and visual artists. Since joining Wonderbound, her technical prowess and performance has been guided and largely influenced by Producing Director and Ballet Mistress, Dawn Fay.  Sarah has been featured in world premiers by Robert Mills, Alex Ketley, Maurya Kerr, Amy Seiwert, Mark Godden, Ma Cong and Lauri Stallings.

An accomplished choreographer, she has created several works for Wonderbound including See Yourself, In Between Seams, Intimate Letters, Son of Man and Peering Through Cracks and Knotholes. Her newest work, If These Walls Could Talk premiered in April 2017 for Oklahoma City Ballet.  Sarah was the 2015 recipient of the National Choreographers Initiative where she created The Door in the Wall.   She has collaborated with visual artists Laura Merage, and Virginia Folkestad, as well as the Baroque Chamber Orchestra of Colorado, the Denver Confluence String Quartet, Denver’s Playground Ensemble, The Colorado Symphony and Denver’s super group comprised of Ian Cooke Band and Chimney Choir. Her work, much like her performance, is influenced by the theatrical and is guided by the humility that permeates the human spirit. She believes art and the stimulus of music and movement can awaken the senses in such a way that our reality can be that of a dream.  

The simple things that make Sarah smile include twinkling lights, and the color orange. She resides in Denver with her loving husband, and their pets.

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