Sarah Edgar

3104 Maple Ave

Berwyn, IL 60402



dancer, choreographer, and stage director specializing in eighteenth century performance





2010-2012  Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln

                   M.A. Tanzwissenschaft

Thesis: “The Artful Construction of the Body through Dance in Eighteenth Century Germany: an analysis of Louis Bonin’s Die Neuste Art zur Galanten und Theatralischen Tantz=Kunst (1712)”


2007-2008  Nuova Fabbrica dell’Opera Barocca: Novara, Italy


1996-2000  The Ohio State University: Columbus, OH

  B.F.A. in Dance Performance: Summa cum laude, with distinction in dance



Professional Positions

2012-Present  Stage Director/Choreographer

              Haymarket Opera Company

Responsible for the stage direction and choreography for Chicago’s only opera company devoted to the historically informed performance of works from the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.

2000-Present  Associate Director

                        The New York Baroque Dance Company

              artistic director, Catherine Turocy

Performances throughout the United States and Europe including the Lincoln Center Out-of-Doors Festival in NYC, Internationale Händel-Festspiele Göttingen in Germany, Guggenheim Museum in NYC, and the Pollensa Early Music Festival in Spain.

2006-2012       Freelance dancer in Europe

Performances of operas and ballets in Italy, Switzerland, France, Germany, Belgium, and Luxembourg.


Stage Direction

2019: Orfeo (Monteverdi) Wheaton College Opera

Pimpinone (Telemann) Haymarket Opera Company, Chicago

2018: The Judgment of Paris (D. Purcell) DePaul University Opera Theater

          Serse (Handel) Haymarket Opera Company, Chicago

2017: The Magic Flute (Mozart) Wheaton College Opera

          Ariane et Bachus (Marais) Haymarket Opera Company, Chicago

2016: Calisto (Cavalli) Haymarket Opera Company, Chicago

          L’isola disabitata (Haydn) Haymarket Opera Company, Chicago

2015: Don Quichotte auf der Hochzeit des Camacho (Telemann) Haymarket Opera Company, Chicago

         Dido & Aeneas (Purcell) Bourbon Baroque, Louisville

         Amadigi di Gaula (Handel) Haymarket Opera Company, Chicago

2014: Gli Equivoci Nel Sembiante (Scarlatti) Haymarket Opera Company, Chicago

2013: Pimpinone (Telemann) Haymarket Opera Company, Chicago

2011: Il ballo delle ingrate (Monteverdi) Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln



2018, 2019: An American in Versailles Alchymy Viols, Indianapolis

2016: Orfeo (Monteverdi) DePaul University Opera Theater

2015: Dido & Aeneas (Purcell) Wheaton College Opera

          La Putain (Telemann) Bourbon Baroque, Louisville

         An Evening of Baroque Dance, Museum of Fine Arts, Chicago

2014: His Majesty’s Ballet Hannoversche Hofkapelle, Hannover

           Actéon (Charpentier) Haymarket Opera Company, Chicago

         Passé (Marais) Northwestern University, guest artist

 2013: Dido & Aeneas Haymarket Opera Company, Chicago

 2011: Passagalia of Venüs & Adonis Internationales Händel-Festpiele Göttingen

2010: The Fairy Queen (Purcell) Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln

Soirée à Versailles Kölner Musiknacht

 2009: Varieté 1770  Arkadas Theater/Bühne der Kulturen, Köln

A Profound Bagatelle Arkadas Theater/Bühne der Kulturen, Köln

           Überbrücken Bezirksrathaus Köln-Lindenthal

 2007:  Armida Abbandonata Mark Morris Dance Center Performance Space, NYC

2005:  Les Caractères de la Boudoir Flea Theater, NYC

Courtesan Soundance at The Stable, NYC

LIMBS play directed by Niegel Smith, HERE Arts Center, NYC

Minuet for one man and one woman DanceNow Festival, NYC; CRS Studio

Theater, NYC

The Tragedy of Echo and Narcissus CRS Studio Theater, NYC


Lectures and Teaching

 July 25-26, 2018

Madison Bach Musicians Summer Workshop


July 13, 2018

Spektral Quartet Music Made Visible Workshop


Ongoing since 2017

master classes in baroque dance for music students

Music Institute of Chicago and Community School for the Arts (Wheaton)


January-April, 2014

visiting lecturer, baroque dance technique

Northwestern University


April 4-7, 2013

“Dance Notation in Early Eighteenth Century Germany”

American Society for Eighteenth Century Studies: Cleveland, OH

June 11, 2014; January 31, 2010; April 9, 2009; January 24, 2009

master classes in baroque dance for musicians

Hochschule für Musik und Tanz: Köln, Germany


August 28-30, 2010

“Comic Gesture: Chaconne Darlequin De La Montayne, Entrée d'arlequin, and a contemporary Mozart pantomime”

STIMU Symposium: Gesture on the French Stage, 1675-1800

Utrecht Early Music Festival