Sara Kraft is an interdisciplinary artist, performer, director, writer, composer/vocalist, producer and educator working in performance, multi-media, site responsive installation, sound, music, and visual and textual narratives. Transcending the use of media in performance as background or spectacle, her work often directly questions our complex relationship to technology, media, mediated presence and the nature of live embodied experience itself. Kraft weaves rich visual design and layered interaction between viewers, performers, live and recorded media into complex tapestries that investigate the fractured subjectivity of memory, perception, imagination, representation and point of view.
Kraft is founding Artistic Director of KraftyWork, and was half of the multimedia performance duo Kraft + Purver. Her work has been supported, commissioned and presented by venues, festivals and residencies including Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Headlands Center for the Arts, Z Space, The Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, ODC Theater, Counterpulse, Somarts, the Ontological-Hysteric Theatre, HERE American Living Room Festival, 3 Legged Dog, and the SF International Arts Festival
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“Bay Area performance artist Sara Kraft’s low-key brilliance by now merits a neologism: krafty = shrewd, inventive, technically savvy, wry, playful, tuneful, eerie, unsettling, and, generally speaking, not to be missed.” —SF Bay Guardian
“One of the shockingly few Bay area theatre artists performing a rigorous inquiry into how technology forms and informs our lives – and weave it intelligently and seamlessly into performance.” —Theatre Bay Area Magazine
“…a doyenne of San Francisco’s avant garde theatre scene.” —American Theatre Magazine
“Inspired, gorgeous… revelatory… Shrewdly unites media and theme to make at once obvious and strange the Mobius strip carrying technological and mental projections of ourselves to the world and back again.” —SF Bay Guardian