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Creative Performance Special Award – Winner Sara Dos Santos

Photography by Alice Underwood ©2021

Sara Dos Santos is 2020’s winner of Creative Performance Making Award. In partnership with, and supported by Santander Universities, Goldsmiths Theatre and Performance Department and The Institute for Creative and Cultural Entrepreneurship, this special award aims to promote work and raise the profile of black voices.

Sara is a Portuguese born, London-based choreographer, movement director, and cultural professional, known for interlacing a variation of dance styles, cultural influences and international experiences to develop work that has been described as engaging, thought-provoking and emotionally driven. Having recently completed her Masters in Cultural Policy, Relations and Diplomacy, Sara is keen to combine newly acquired knowledge and existing skills towards the development, innovation and success of Shifting Borders.

Shifting Borders brings to light stories of Afro-Portuguese speaking communities based in London. The Creative Performance Making Award will support the development of this brand-new cross cultural and multidisciplinary short film. In partnership with local, national and international organisations and in collaboration with a multifaceted creative workforce, Sara is delighted to bring this long-term vision to life.

Previously awarded the Santander Universities Proof of concept grant (2019), Sara worked alongside Goldsmiths Alumni and Artist Producer at ArtsAdmin Ania Obolewicz to map the projects creative landscape. Today, through the support of the Creative Performance Award (2020), Sara and her team will embark on the projects final creative phase and eagerly look forward to showcasing this high-quality production to audiences nationwide.

Sara would like to thank, The Institute for Creative and Cultural Entrepreneurship, Goldsmiths Theatre and Performance Department and Santander Universities fund for this shape-shifting opportunity. Additionally, a huge thank you to the British Council, Greater London Authority, Hatch Ideas and BOP Consulting for supporting the early stages of this work.

Look out for the film Premier and Q&A Autumn 2021. For more information visit

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