November 01, 2016
World Premiere / Multimedia Concert ---- January 6, 7, 11,12, 13, 14, 9pm
Tickets on Sale Now
Secondary Dominance, Small’s decade-long musical project-in-the-works, will premiere this January 2017 as a multi-disciplinary performance at HERE Art Center’s annual PROTOTYPE Festival. In 13 micro-movements, Small synthesizes genres from Balkan folk to contemporary chamber, industrial, renaissance, rock, rap, and punk, while interweaving live and recorded electronics, Chinese sheng, strings, winds, and densely packed vocals. Working in her signature Tableau Vivant form, the music is complemented by gestural choreography and projections, including the world premiere of Black Sea Hotel's first music video. Secondary Dominance is a unique multimedia experience that unfolds as lush living pictures rife with honesty and mistakes, ferocity and hilarity.
March 18, 2015
I know several of you have been asking. At last, the beautiful and terrifying "Butter on the Latch" is Now Available on Amazon, Fandor, and iTunes… I forgot to share this a few months back when we learned that the film got distribution. For those of you new here, this is a feature film, in which I play the (creepy) lead role, directed by the deliriously-talented Josephine Decker.
March 16, 2015
Making Muscles, as requested by the Interviewer, Jeff, is that right, Jeff? :-) in my Williamsburg Living Room Post-Interview, 9/26/14 | photo: Jeff Wengrofsky
Jeff Wengrofsky came over to my apartment this past September and interviewed me for his radio show, Gift Horse: Inside New York Art, which just aired on Ukrainian National Radio. The broadcast was on Wednesday 3/11 and Sunday 3/15 at 8:00pm EST from Ukraine via I-RADIO. I haven't actually yet listened to it myself. Gonna do that this week! If you'd like to listen (maybe even before I have a chance to), here's the archived interview (looks like you actually have to scroll to the bottom of the page and type in my name in the search field).
February 15, 2015
Meredith Monk's Weekend-Long Workshop: Participants and Teachers, 2/15/15 | photo: Peter Sciscioli
As my 36th Birthday present to myself, I participated in an immersive weekend of workshops at Meredith Monk's beautifully spacious loft here in NYC. Meredith and her collaborators were a joy to work with - open, experimental, quirky, challenging, and so much fun! They provided us with thrill and safety, as we explored vulnerable, exciting ways to move and express ourselves anew. Love it! I wish I’d had a deeper understanding of Meredith's work before this workshop. I felt a close relatedness to her process / methods / goals as within my own work. I don’t so often feel this with many artists, so this was grounding and very, very inspiring. Please do consider participating in some workshops with her and her collaborators if you're every granted the opportunity. It's a wild (and educational) ride!
*(Note from Sarah) Theatrical Release of "Butter on the Latch" at IFP Screen Forward and on Amazon, iTunes and Fandor!October 24, 2014
I’m excited to announce that the North American Theatrical Release for Josephine Decker’s, “Butter on the Latch”, in which I am the lead actress, along with her film “Thou Wast Mild and Lovely” (in which I am an Associate Producer) will be taking place on: Friday November 14th and Sunday November 16th at MINY Media Center by IFP 30 John St. Brooklyn New York 11201
Screenings will be followed by Director and Cast Q&A, a performance by my vocal trio Hydra , and an opening night party featuring Raya Brass Band! Screenings to follow the opening night, throughout the run, will include tea parties + ballet dancers … Keep your eyes and ears peeled for details.
SCREENING TIMES: Friday 11/14: 6:30pm & 8:30pm (includes Hydra performance in addition to Q+A), Saturday 11/15: 4pm, 6pm, & 8pm, Sunday 11/16: 2pm & 4pm (includes Hydra performance in addition to Q+A), Monday 11/17: 6:30pm & 8:30pm, Tuesday 11/18: 2pm, 5pm, Wednesday 11/19: 12pm & 2pm, Thursday 11/20: 6pm & 8pm
January 28, 2014
“Butter on the Latch”, the psychological horror fantasy/fiction film in which I play lead, will be premiering at the 2014 Berlinale (Berlin Film Fest) starting next week. What began as an acting experiment for me has taken off in wondrous ways– Here’s my favorite review to date by The New Yorker, who described the film as “an utter exhilaration of cinematic imagination, a pure high of invention”. Enormous congratulations to director Josephine Decker for achieving the unspeakable – Not only has the Berlinale invited “Butter on the Latch” to screen, but they’ve also invited in Josephine’s second-film-of the year, “Thou Wast Mild and Lovely”.
Berlinale Screening Times:
Festival Press Release
06.02.14 13:45 CinemaxX6 (press screening) GER
08.02.14 22:00 Zoopalast 2 GER
09.02.14 15:00 Cubix 7 GER
11.02.14 22:00 CineStar 8 GER
12.02.14 12:30 Arsenal GER
*(Note from Sarah) Black Sea Hotel's new album is complete and the CD's have arrived -- We are dorklily THRILLED with excitment!November 04, 2013
My singing partner, Willa, and I just received our album’s CD’s in the mail, feeling ridiculously silly and giggly about the completion of our record!:
September 11, 2013
Tomorrow night, FRIDAY THE 13TH at 9:15pm --- come see my NYC FILM ACTING DEBUT in "Butter on the Latch", a 66 minute horror film/ psychological thriller, brilliantly conceived by director Josephine Decker and hauntingly filmed by cinematographer Ashley Connor.
In "Butter on the Latch" I play a girl, aptly named 'Sarah', who immerses herself very deeply (maybe too deeply) into the dark underworld of a Bulgarian folk song that she's learning at Balkan Camp in the Mendocino woodlands… It's chilling and haunting, and really that's all I'm gonna say. Please come hug me afterwards. I think I may need it.
FRIDAY'S WRITE-UP AND EVENT LISTING:
The New Yorker
“Butter on the Latch”
an exclusive New York screening (including Q+A)
Tomorrow, Friday September 13th - 9:15 pm
La Di Da Film Festival
at the Anthology Film Archives
32 Second Avenue (at 2nd street) NYC
Tickets: purchase at the door.
*(Note from Sarah- Upcoming) "Balkan Incarnations" Performance, Screening, Party - This Friday (5/24)May 18, 2013
Acme Studio and Sarah Small present “Balkan Incarnations”
Friday, May 24th, 2013 – Brooklyn, NY
63 N. 3rd St, Brooklyn, NY 11211 - 7:00pm-11:00pm
Greek and Italian hors d’oeuvres by Mackenzie and wine and beer provided by Acme.
Suggested donation – $5-$25. Proceeds will benefit the production of Black Sea Hotel’s new album and Tableau Vivant’s Global Tour.
On Friday May 24th Acme Studio and Sarah Small present “Balkan Incarnations,” an evening of music, film, photography and performance, an immersion into harmony and dissonance through contemporary embodiment of Balkan folk songs and ancient stories.
Included in the evening is a screening of Sarah Small’s Tableau Vivant of the Delirium Constructions, supplemented by Small’s photographic stills from The Delirium Constructions, as well as a sneak preview trailer of Director Josephine Decker’s experimental psychological thriller “Butter on the Latch."
The screenings will be prefaced by vocal performance by Black Sea Motel (an experimental off-shoot of Black Sea Hotel). Willa Roberts and Sarah Small will perform as a live duo while Corinna Snyder will appear projected like an apparition, on a pre-recorded track/video, interweaving the live and the virtual. Black Sea Motel will sing “Ibish Aga”, the Bulgarian song featured in the 2011 Tableau. Small and Roberts will also perform traditional and arranged Balkan a Cappella repertoire as a duo, including songs from their upcoming album.
For Full Event Details and to Download Press Release. Proceeds from this event will fund Black Sea Hotel's new album as well support pre-production for the Tableau Vivant tour. Click to support Black Sea Hotel's new album directly.
May 18, 2013
Josephine Decker worked magic once again! My god, her wildly strange and brilliant film, "Butter on the Latch," in which I played the lead actress, just received three absolutely glowing reviews from The New Yorker, Indie Wire, and The Film Stage. What started out of curiosity, as a terrifying experiment to try acting for the first time, turned into a dream come true. The collaboration was alive, scary, and deliciously challenging. And... now the product that was yielded is other-worldly. I so much love this film. It's like nothing I've ever seen before... and I praise Josephine for her persistence in doing what we all find most scary... making something that doesn't yet have a template anywhere... this film tells stories so unusually. I will keep you updated regarding our NY premiere. To stay updated about "Butter on the Latch" on Facebook, click here.
*(Note from Sarah) Oh Goodness... I acted in a Horror Movie... World Premiere at Maryland Film FestivalMay 01, 2013
Guys! Oh my God… I acted in a Horror Movie. Not Kidding….
It's called Butter on the Latch - World Premiere 5/9 and 5/11 in MD.
As an experiment, as prompted by Director Josephine Decker and her insatiable urge to create insanely chilling filmic stories, I acted, for the first time, in a movie!… It took place at Balkan Camp in Mendocino CA, where I go during the summers (in real life) to study Balkan singing. She decided to use Balkan Camp as a backdrop for the story of a young woman, played by me (aptly named Sarah), who looses her mind inside a folk song, Zhenish Me Mamo she's learning about dragons who intwine themselves in a woman's hair and carry them off through the forest, burning as they go. The film explores a friendship, a romance, and terrifying interplay between imagination and reality. The Eastern European Folklife Center was kind enough to allow Josephine and her crew in to create this film. I wasn't sure what I was getting into when we started shooting this movie together, but my god am I glad we did this… The story is brilliantly directed and edited Josephine Decker and hauntingly shot by Ashley Connor. For those Black Sea Hotel fans, an original arrangement of Zhenish Me Mamo will be included on Black Sea Hotel's new album, as well as in the soundtrack of Butter on the Latch.
Butter on the Latch premieres at the fifteenth annual Maryland Film Festival next month:
Click here for details.
Location: The Charles Theater, Windup Space, MICA Brown Center, Baltimore MD
Showtimes: Thursday, May 9th - 11:30pm + Saturday, May 11th, 12:30pm
Also featuring a special film selected and presented by legendary filmmaker John Waters and a silent classic shown with a live musical score presented by the Alloy Orchestra.