Belfast born, Glasgow based Artist, Artistic Director and Choreographer Sarah Mac Keever was originally a gymnast and RAD classical ballet dancer, cabaret, acro and aerial performer. She is currently company Director of Puredance established in 1999, and now producing Vertical Dance as an urban public art form.
Vertical dance suspends a dancer against a wall, so that the wall becomes the dance floor. Vertical dance is a 21st century dance form that combines dance, circus, climbing, sport and, in Puredance’s case, art; making an artistic extension of architecture and its surroundings. Vertical dance opens a new chapter in dance, addressing new boundaries and continuously evolving.
As a Bauhaus Master in Public Art and Artistic Strategies I have been selected as one of 100 artists to represent what Bauhaus is today, as part of the Bauhaus Centenary celebration and tour of work 2019. A live performance has just been made and filmed in Glasgow’s East End, to be sent to Weimar, Germany. This was funded by Creative Scotland and support from Surge Scotland, Glasgow City College, Rogart Street Campus and Park Lane Business.
Puredance has trained, performed and produced work in Scotland, Ireland, England, Croatia, Germany, Greece, Italy and India. I have received funding over the years from Northern Ireland Arts council, British Council, India Council, Equity, Bauhaus Germany, Love to Dance Award Belfast, and have a Lottery funding blue plaque. Memberships include The Work Room, Glasgow, Dance Resource Base, Belfast and Scotland Variety Equity committee member.
As Puredance’s Artistic Director I have been an aerial instructor at the Grand Opera House Belfast, aerial audition coach and mentor to Lennin Nelson-Mc Clure NNCA London, Vertical dance trainer to Heather Choo stunt trainee London, N Ireland lead dancers Ryan O Neill and Eileen Mc Clory and collaborations with Off the Rails Dance Company and Electronic composer Ryan Vail
Puredance is keen to develop its artistic identity, produce new work, work on collaborations, and address attitudes of vertical dance and public audiences.