BRIAN SANDERS
BRIAN SANDERS

As a brother of six, growing up in Princeton, Brian’s reckless fun was easily channeled once he found his love for gymnastics and classical dance. Inspired by the inventiveness of shows like Bob Fosse’s Dancin’ and Pilobolus on Broadway in the 1970’s, Brian resolved to become a choreographer in his own right. At the time he was unaware that he would eventually sustain an extensive working relationship with one of the founding members of Pilobolus, Moses Pendleton who went on to found his own company in 1980, MOMIX, where for the next ten years Sanders choreographed and performedwith the company worldwide.

 

After receiving his BFA from the University of the Arts, Philadelphia in 1992, Sanders founded Archetype Dance Company. He served as a performer/choreographer and self-produced several evening-length works. He re-established the company in 1997 as JUNK and has since then has performed regularly in Philadelphia and the surrounding area.

Simultaneous to the development of his solo projects, Sanders was performing both nationally and internationally with MOMIX and working as an assistant choreographer to Moses Pendleton. Several of the choreographic projects Sanders was involved with continue to be performed by MOMIX worldwide, including four independent works which premiered and were met with critical acclaim in NYC at the Knitting Factory, the Joyce Theater, Context, and the Yard at Martha’s Vineyard.

 

 

Since Sanders’ success with MOMIX and JUNK, he has gone on to choreograph and perform nationally and internationally for dance, television, theatre, and video. In Italy Brian choreographed two nationally televised mini series and choreographed a touring show, NOGRAVITY, which performed as part of the 2006 Winter Olympics in Torino.

 

Sander’s work has been presented locally by Live Arts/Philly Fringe, Garden State Dance Festival, the Equality Forum, The Annenberg Theatre for “Dance Celebration”, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Broadcasters’ Association Conference at the newly-constructed National Constitution Center and for youthful, urban audiences. Sanders has set works on different companies including MOMIX, Eleone Dance Theatre, Freespace Dance Company, Koresh Dance Company, and dancers of the Pennsylvania Ballet. Sanders contributes his choreography annually for the local benefit gala Shut Up & Dance.

Sanders continues to create evening length works and a consortium of repertoire on JUNK. His site-specific shows sell out every year for the Philadelphia Live Arts Festival. The Philadelphia Weekly calls Sanders “the city’s most exciting choreographer and performer,” and the Philadelphia Inquirer honors him with an award for “Best Choreography”. Sanders received a Barrymore nomination in 2003 for his choreography in the Wilma Theater’s presentation of Big Love. Sanders currently serves on the Faculty at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA.