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 recognisable. 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 its 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 – a fragment from 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 an 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 ran through eight years of professional dance pre-education at Fontys Hogeschool voor de Kunsten in Tilburg and four years of 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 ao Peeping Tom, JOJI inc and Speedbattle Collective.
Sandman is currently touring with Almost Alive and A moment. In November 2018, UN-retained, a video mapping installation for the public space, will have its premiere.
“There are few dancers as captivating as Sabine Molenaar.” De Standaard 13.04.2017