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 not only pushed her through the rigors of classical ballet, but also delightfully exposed her to music and theatrics.  Her early training afforded her the opportunity to study with Cheri Noble, 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, and Gleich Dances Contemporary Ballet.  

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 eleventh 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 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, and Intimate Letters.  She has collaborated with visual artists Laura Merage, and Virginia Folkestad, as well as the Baroque Chamber Orchestra of Colorado., and the Denver Confluence String Quartet. In the fall of 2014 Sarah will collaborate with the Colorado Symphony in a world premiere set to the music of Edvard Grieg's Holberg Suites. Her work, much like her performance, is influenced by the theatrical and is guided by the humility that often 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 in fact be that of a dream.  It is through this symbiotic synergy that her unique joie de vivre and her intense physical expression creates a massive canvas for unleashing matters of the heart, mind and soul.  At this juncture that we see that her work is motivated by a certain savoir-faire that serves as information to encapsulate the body and spirit.  These aspects, alongside the power of the physical body, is where Sarah sees the core of artistic expression and personal experience. 

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

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