Sarah Elgart has been on the forefront of dance in Los Angeles as a choreographer, director, and producer for many years. Known most recently for her large scale, site- specific productions, Elgart’s work engages audiences by transforming and catalyzing bus terminals, airports, museums and more with movement, music, and media, to make magic out of the mundane, and allow viewers to “see old places with new eyes”.
Working frequently under the name Sarah Elgart/Arrogant Elbow, she has done numerous site-specific projects including a downtown LA rooftop dance lit entirely by a hovering helicopter, and created new works with commissions from City of LA Department of Cultural Affairs, Los Angeles World Airports, BodyTraffic and more. Elgart’s productions have been seen at seminal sites & venues including The Music Center, Los Angeles International Airport, The Skirball Center, The Bradbury Building, Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara and LACMA, and most recently at Mass MOCA, where she collaborated with Nels Cline of Wilco as part of the Solid Sound Festival.
In addition to her live work, Elgart has choreographed extensively for film, commercials, and television, working with noted directors including JJ Abrams, Catherine Hardwicke, David Lynch, and others. Her work in community with transitional homeless, maximum- security inmates and others has been produced and commissioned by venues including The Getty,The Olympic Arts Festival, Mark Taper Forum, and The European Culture Capitol. Sarah also writes the weekly column ScreenDance Diaries for the online magazine Cultural Weekly about the intersections of dance and film.