Same As Sister (S.A.S.) is a New York City based performance collective founded in 2013 by choreographers Briana Brown-Tipley and Hilary Brown. Before this joining of creative interests, the sisters, who originate from Toronto, Canada, graduated from École de danse contemporaine de Montréal (LADMMI), and have performed for a variety of artists including Peggy Baker, Candice Breitz, Doug Elkins, Philippa Kaye and Mike Kelley. Same As Sister collaborate in the fields of contemporary dance and theater, and experimental music and film/video to explore the complexity of human behavior and its inherent uncanniness. Their cross-disciplinary works have been presented at Centre d'Art Marnay Art Centre (2017 Artist Program Residents), Movement Research and Bailout Theater at Judson Memorial Church, CRAWL at 22 Boerum Place, BRIC Arts | Media House (2015 BRIClab Residents), New York Live Arts (2014-2015 Fresh Tracks Residents), Triskelion Arts, Center for Performance Research, Brooklyn Arts Exchange and Chen Dance Center.
Briana Brown-Tipley (Choreographer and Performer) received her dance formation in her native Canada at École de danse contemporaine de Montréal (LADMMI), where upon graduation she had the pleasure of working with MAYDAY, O Vertigo and David Hinton. Since her move to New York City she has performed for Mike Kelley in Extracurricular Activity Projective Reconstruction #32, Plus and Candice Breitz in New York, New York; both Performa 2009 commissions. Brown-Tipley was also a member of Philippa Kaye Company, performing in Miraculous Arms, an A.R.T. by the Spinnerettes and The Land of Maverick; Unbranded.
Hilary Brown (Choreographer and Performer) originally from Toronto, Canada, graduated from École de danse contemporaine de Montréal (LADMMI) with a DEC in Danse-interprétation. Since then she has participated in projects with artists including Peggy Baker, Candice Breitz, Lindsey Dietz Marchant and David Hinton. Brown has also had the privilege of performing with Doug Elkins & Friends’ North American touring production of Fräulein Maria (2010-2012) and Kinesis Project dance theatre under the direction of Melissa Riker (2009-2014). In October 2015 she was selected as an Associate Artist by Reggie Wilson/Fist and Heel Performance Group to participate in the Master Artist-in-Residence Program at Atlantic Center for the Arts.
Patricia Allison (Artistic Advisor) is a Toronto based choreographer, performer and theatre creator. She graduated from École de danse contemporaine de Montréal (LADMMI) in 2007 and has worked as an assistant choreographer for Kaeja d’Dance and Stand Up Dance in past years. Most recently she has been working in film as a choreographer. One of the recent films Allison worked on 99.7% premiered at the Austin Gay and Lesbian International Film Festival in September 2014. patriciaontheinternet.com
Hannah Caggiano (Performer) is a New York City based performer working in film, who is interested in exploring how media can be used as a platform for dance. Since graduating from Hunter College with a BA in Media Studies, she has and continues to work as a production assistant, editor and co-director for national television and film productions. Caggiano received her bicoastal dance training at the Westside Academy of Dance and the Ailey School, and has collaborated on several projects with the collectives of StandUpHungry and Same As Sister.
Bridgette Charbonneau (Performer) is based in New York City as a coordinator for a full service music company, but continues to fulfill her passion to perform onstage. Before she attended Baruch College where she graduated with a BA in The Management of Musical Enterprises, Charbonneau trained at the Catskill Mountain Dance Theater, Petite Productions Academy and Saugerties Ballet Center to pursue her interest in dance.
Melissa Draugsvold (Jewelry Designer) hails from Wisconsin but has been based in New York City for the last eighteen years. She founded Draugsvold Jewelry in 2004 and since then has crafted countless, one of a kind or limited edition jewelry pieces, which have attracted the likes of Beyonce, Cameron Diaz, Chrisette Michele, Nadia Ackmerman, Amy Van Doran, Martha Wainwright and Michael Stipe. Draugsvold is inspired by the materials she discovers along the way, as well as the natural environment around her and its mystery. draugsvold-jewelry.com
Kristina Hay (Performer) is a London based, Norwegian performer working within the eclectic world of dance and performance art. Her main focus as a performer is on collaboration and the different creative processes that emerge out of this exchange. Hay was trained at the Norwegian National Opera and Ballet in Oslo, before graduating from London Studio Centre. She was previously a company member of INTOTO DANCE, under the direction of Sue Booker and Leesa Phillips, where she toured works by Henri Oguike, Jose Agudo and John Ross. In recent years, she has had the privilege of working with Luke Birch, Diana Scarborogh and Meredith Bruno Company, and is currently collaborating with Kara Coffee, Jessica Nina Barlow and Same As Sister (S.A.S.).
A two-person team of multidisciplinary makers tackling performance, cinema, installation and even the commercial to create dynamic projects from inception to execution, Intrinsic Grey (Production Team) lives between the grain. Acosta and Tate have collaborated on feature films such as The Ladies Almanack, created dance films with Jessie Young and the upcoming BOOM with Cynthia Oliver + Leslie Cuyjet, music videos, stop motion projects and micro-documentaries from foundries to fashion. Based in New York City, they engage in a hands-on approach at all levels of production to create the good, the dark, the smart, and the weird with a varied host of collaborations and partners. YOU ARE INTRINSIC. WE ARE INTRINSIC. intrinsicgreyproductions.com
Krista Jansen (Performer) is a dancer and choreographer born, raised and based in New York City. She was an original cast member and assistant rehearsal director for the critically acclaimed production of Doug Elkins & Friends’ Fräulein Maria, which for seven years toured throughout the United States and Canada. Jansen’s choreography has been performed at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, FAB! Festival, DancenOw RAW Festival, Harkness Dance Festival and Dance Theater Workshop. In 2013 she joined with CJ Holm to form the dance company, Jansen & Holm. She is also a teaching assistant to Ellen Robbins, whose modern dance classes for children were her first experience in dance, choreography and improvisation. kristajansen.wordpress.com
Visnja Krzic (Composer) currently resides in New York City but hails from Belgrade, Serbia, where she began her musical education at an early age, first as a pianist and later as a composer. While in Serbia, she also worked as an assistant to renowned Balkan composer Goran Bregovic. Krzic holds a Ph.D in Music Composition from UCLA, where she studied with composers Paul Chihara and Ian Krouse, and musicologists Robert Fink and Susan McClary. She has particpated in numerous master classes and festivals such as Atelier Acanthes in Metz (France), Young Composers Meeting in Apeldoorn (Netherlands), Bartok Festival in Szombathely (Hungary), Young Artists Festival in Bayreuth (Germany), and Summer Academy at Mozarteum in Salzburg (Austria).
Susan Mar Landau (Artistic Advisor) is a New York City based dramaturge and interdisciplinary artist. Her work has been shown in exhibitions and arts festivals in both the USA and Europe. As a dramaturge she has collaborated with choreographers and performance makers Vanessa Anspaugh, Aretha Aoki, Massimiliano Balduzzi, Yanira Castro, Daria Faïn, Levi Gonzalez, Emily Johnson and Arturo Vidich. Landau holds a BA from Hampshire College, a MA in Performance Design and Practice from Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, University of London and a Graduate Certificate in Performance and Interactive Media Arts from Brooklyn College, CUNY. She was a 2011/2012 recipient of the Joyce Theater's Rockefeller Dance-Theater Partnership Residency. Landau was a Visiting Assistant Professor of Art at Hampshire College from 2006-2008, and has taught extensively at academic institutions and arts organizations in the USA and abroad.
Beau Mullis a.k.a. RAW Q (Composer) a New York City native, has contributed to the international electronic music scene as a d.j. and producer since 1995. He has been invited to perform at many notable music events and festivals throughout the United States, Canada, South America and most recently Europe such as Juice! (Portland), Respect (Los Angeles), Jungle Warfare at Limelight (NYC), Radikal Styles (Bogotá) and Intrigue (Bristol). Mullis' popular releases include Vital Soul (Bingo Beats) which was ranked 11th on the BBC’s Global Dance Music Charts and the I Want Him Dead! EP (Intrigue Music). soundcloud.com/rawq
Micaela Rich (Company Manager/Performer) is an independent choreographer, performer and yoga instructor d.b.a. Wild Rich Productions. Wild Rich Productions serves as a resource platform under which she aims to use her expertise in management and production to help emerging artists create and present work. Most recently Rich managed Valleto Dance Company (2014-2015), producing the premiere of #VOIDS at Center for Performance Research which also showcased her newest work, this was together alone. She received her BA in Dance and Psychoanalysis from Hampshire College and has performed for Jen Rosenblit, Pavel Zuštiak, Lindsey Dietz Marchant and Cathy Nicoli.
Kit Tipley (Video Artist) is a Brooklyn based video artist, who despite his lone wolf tendencies has managed to collaborate with others to share his unique vision and aesthetic. Tipley has worked with the Long Island punk record label, 86’d Records to create music videos for Rations’ “Occasion For War” off their 2013 EP, Martyrs and Prisoners as well as “Another Dream About Nightclubs” for the beat collective of Urban Sasquatch, Red Carpet Hobo and The Hindsight Genius’ release, Celebrity Internment Camp.
Employing a cross-disciplinary approach to performance making, Same As Sister combines original dance, music and video to construct narratives that convey the complexity of human behavior and its inherent uncanniness. Through our recurring fascination and research of themes relating to the strangeness of being, specifically within the horror genre, we find inspiration from an eclectic compilation of cinematic, literary and quotidian sources. These influences find their way into our work during the collaborative process, when we develop the environments, characters and gestures we imagine into the choreographic structures that will become the stories we share with our audiences. A meticulous level of detail is applied to our translation of these elements via the mediums we engage with, so that there is a balance between the aesthetic and conceptual impact of each. Same As Sister's artistic vision is to create works that allow the viewer to enter vivid worlds, where contrasting realities in time and space merge to present a dream logic of imagery and meaning.