Sara Vanderieck (1978) obtains her degree in theater directing at the RITCS in Brussels.
After a short period as an educational assistant at the Royal Flemish Opera, she works for a few seasons as production and tour manager for TG Stan.
In 2006 she joins les ballets C de la B, first as production and tourmanager for, among others, VSPRS and pitié! (Alain Platel) and later as artistic assistant to Alain Platel for his creations Out of Context – for Pina and C(H)OEURS and to Lisi Estaras for Dans Dans and Leche.
In 2012 she leaves les ballets C de la B and joins the artistic direction of De Grote Post, a brand new cultural center in Ostend.
At the same time, she works as a dramaturg on various creations from then on. She becomes the loyal right-hand woman of Serge Aimé Coulibaly / FASO DANSE THEÂTRE (Fadjiri, 2013; Nuit Blanche à Ouagadougou, 2014; GLOED, 2015; Kalakuta Republik, 2016; Kirina, 2018; Wakatt, 2020)), Bára Sigfúsdóttir (The Lover, 2015; Tide, 2016; being, 2017; Flökt, a flickering flow, 2020), Lisi Estaras / Monkey Mind Company (La Esclava, 2015; Monkey Mind, 2016; SONICO – the heart is a muscle we like to work out, 2020, #THISISBEAUTY, 2022), Naïf Production (La Mécanique des ombres, 2016; des gestes blancs, 2017-2018; la chair a ses raisons, 2018), Lola Bogaert / Het huis Hasselt (VRETEN!, 2019; Het eiland vertelt, 2021; Nieuwe Stemmen, 2022), Kristien De Proost (Simon, Garfunkel, My Sister & Me, 2020; In the middle of nowhere, 2021) en Louise Vanneste / Rising Horses (Earths, 2021).
In 2017 she adds yet another layer to her work: she initiates the ongoing multidisciplinary in situ research project When I look at a a Strawberry, I think of a Tongue. – a collaboration with Lisi Estaras, Mirko Banovic, Kristien De Proost and various guest artists (including Serge Aimé Coulibaly, Sayouba Sigué, Anna Calsina Forellad, Toon Walgrave, Mathieu Desseigne Ravel, Isnelle Da Silveira).
Since 2018, she has been sharing her dramaturgical practice through various short educational and coaching assignments. Within De Grote Post she develops BlikOpener, an educational series on performance analysis for non-professionals. She works with Serge Aimé Coulibaly within his research platform ANKATA in Bobo Dioulasso (BF). She coaches and judges within PXL-Music specific student projects in which performative research prevails. Since 2019 she is a member of the dramaturgical platform Cliniques Dramaturgiques, initiated by Jessie Mill within the Festival TransAmériques (CA). From 2020 to 2022 she is associated dramaturge with La Bellone. In 2021 Vanderieck becomes a guest lecturer in dramaturgy at the Toneelacademie Maastricht.
In 2020, in response to the reality caused by the pandemic, a new interdisciplinary research and performance project sees the light: I would like to say, I don’t know the road to paradise… – originally inspired by an exchange with photographer Isabel Devos.
When evolutions within De Grote Post lead to a scrapping of the dramaturgical practice within the institution in 2021, Vanderieck focusses further on her artistic / reflective practice as an independent dramaturg.