Premiered November 2022


A dance film by Phoenix Dance Theatre and Sarah Golding
Premiered 24 November 2022

Kalena is inspired by, and a gift to, African American and Hispanic conductor Kalena Bovell. We spoke about the significance of the journey to the podium, a history of violin playing, a book of beautiful poetry and periods of depression.

“every time I play a note
it opens Pandora’s Box
like volcanic eruptions
waiting to explode
emotions rush
to the surface
Destination: Destruction”

Pandora‘ from Dear Soul
A collection of poetry by Kalena Bovell

Sarah Golding would like to extend special thanks to Georgina Lloyd-Owen for performing in the work and for the incredibly catchy composition.

Sarah Golding

Sarah Golding trained at Trinity Laban and received a BA and MA in dance performance (Transitions Dance Company). Once graduated she became a dancer with Lîla Dance in 2014 where she toured nationally and rurally. She has performed for theatre companies and choreographers including the Royal Court (The Internet Is Serious Business), Bang Bang Bang group, Darcy Wallace, Quang Kien Van, Cathy Waller, Adam Russell.  Sarah has most recently performed in the West End and with the world touring cast of STOMP. 

 Sarah’s contemporary choreographic credits include BalletBoyz (The Intro.) which features in their Deluxe Tour; mapdance 2021 (STATE), Blood and Belief (U.Mi-1 London Fashion Week, 2021); TRANSIT-20 (dance film collaboration with South African dancers) and Trinity Laban (Conversations with X). 

Her theatre choreographic credits also include Little Women (Park Theatre), Candide (Mountview), Primetime (Royal Court). Sarah choreographed the workshop presentation of the new adaptation of Jekyll and Hyde (produced by Lambert Jackson Productions). 

Sarah regularly choreographs for various CAT programmes including DanceEast, Trinity Laban and The Place. She teaches her dynamic and rhythmical class to professionals and companies including Stopgap, NDC Wales, Lîla Dance and BalletBoyz. She also teaches at various universities and colleges including London Studio Centre, Laban, Belgrade Dance Institute and is a resident choreographer at Miskin Theatre. 

Sarah was recently nominated for a British Black Theatre Award for her movement direction for the CRUISE in May 2021 (Duchess Theatre, West End, London).  

Sarah is co-creator of new dance duo SAY alongside Yukiko Masui. They have recently completed a UK tour of their show the album and will be choreographing on NDC Wales as part of a double bill for their upcoming international tour.  

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