Sara Sassanelli is Curator of Live at the Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA) and associate of alternative education programme CONDITIONS. They programme experimental dance and music for the ICA’s Live programme with a focus on emerging artist practices. They are interested in the collective, enthusiastic and hedonistic cultures that assemble around the practice of raving, and how this emerges in multi-disciplinary practices. They are currently working on a six-month programme titled ‘this dark gleam’ (ICA 2024) researching artists who work with formal technique, social dance, pop-culture and punk sensibilities. Their ICA programme in 2025 will focus on the mouth and voicing as sites for the restoration of intimacy.

Recent programming includes: GONER by Malik Nashad Sharpe (2024), Afterlife by Louis Schou Hansen (2024) IMPACT DRIVER by Eve Stainton (2023), minus one series (2022 - 2023), Dykegeist by Eve Stainton (2021), The Last Breath Society by Martin O’Brien (2021), Rave Trilogy by Rebecca Salvadori (2020) The Tender Interval: Studies in Sound and Motion (2020), a convening exploring the transformational qualities of sound and dance practices and an all-night takeover of ICA by collective INFERNO (2020 & 2023). They have previously worked at Tate, Goldsmiths and the Royal Academy of Arts and have programmed events at Somerset House Studios, Southwark Platform, Guest Projects, Arts Admin, Fierce Festival and Block Universe.


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