With her company Sandman, Sabine Molenaar creates imaginative performances in which the associative logic of dreams rules. The world she creates is wonderfully unusual, but always recognizable. Sabine develops her performances from a specific state of mind. The body, in which she combines supreme mental, physical and emotional concentration, is her tool and gives her characters and associations profoundness and expressiveness. She connects the concrete and the etheric. The body is the point of departure and compassion: painfully virtuous and mercilessly personal.

Sandman was founded by Sabine Molenaar in 2012 and has it’s base in Brussels. Working cross-disciplinary with performance and film, Sandman produced four physical theatre performances: That’s it (2013), Touch me (2015), Almost Alive (2017) and A Moment (2017 this is a short adjusted version of Almost Alive) and three experimental short dance films: Wish her ill (2012), That’s it (2013) and Kali (2016). The first solo performance, That’s it, won a major award at the ACT festival in Bilbao (SP), as well as the prize for best female talent at the Theater Aan Zee Festival, in Oostende (BE) and a Special Mention award at BeFestival in Birmingham (UK).

Sabine studied eight years at the pre-eduction at Fontys Hogeschool voor de Kunsten in Tilburg and four years at the Modern Theatre Dance at the Amsterdamse Hogeschool voor de Kunsten. In Amsterdam she co-founded the dutch company Instant Collective. After moving to Brussels she worked with ia Peeping Tom, JOJI inc and Speedbattle Collective.

Interview met Sabine Molenaar PODIUM DANS van NPO 2 EXTRA. (in Dutch)

Videoportret Sandman from DansBrabant on Vimeo. (in Dutch)


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Photography: Sandman