"My practice traverses performance art, sculpture, costume, puppetry, butoh dance, installation and video art. Through these modes of practice, I embody and reveal archetypal elements of human and non-human psyche. In inhabiting the characters of this mythological space, I work to subvert and critique social and cultural norms and restrictions, whilst seeking to engage people through a corporeal experience of a post-human world enmeshed within our own flesh and immediate reality."
Saara Roppola is a visual artist, performer, Butoh dancer and puppeteer. Currently based in Brisbane, Australia, her work considers what it means to be 'embodied', encompassing notions of micro, marco and cosmic evolution, gender performativity, eroticism, death, spiritual awakening, and the transformative potential of the body. After completing her Bachelor of Visual Art with Honours (video and installation) at the Queensland University of Technology, she moved to Amsterdam. For these four years, she deepened her research on the dancing body with intensive training in butoh dance. Studying regularly with Masaki Iwana and Akira Kasai, she also trained and performed with Stefano Taiuti and Tadashi Endo. In Europe she refined her solo performance practice, creating costumes and acts for regular performances at venues such as Studio 80 Amsterdam, Supperclub Amsterdam and 360 ˚ Istanbul and various events and arts festivals.
Since returning to Australia at the end of 2014, she has presented her performance art works at Sword in the Shell ARI, SX+ Collective, Pop Gallery, Yonder, and Bari festival. In 2016 she danced at the Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA) as part of Nick Cave’s 'HEARD'. She also performed in Hermann Nistch's 'ACTION:150' at Dark Mofo, MONA, 2017. In 2018, she collaborated with Bill Platz performing "Drawing Labyrinth" situated in Picasso's 'Vollard Suite' exhibition in the Queensland Art Gallery.
In 2017 Saara completed a Masters of Professional Practice, Performing Arts, (First Class) at the University of Southern Queensland. She continues to train with Zen Zen Zo Physical Theatre Company. She also teaches Butoh dance twice a week in her Brisbane studio.
Saara also formalised the commercial side of her practice in establishing Kimera Visual Theatre Company, performing with her elaborate sculptural costumes and puppets at festivals and events like Woodford Folk Festival since 2014.