Sandra Kramerová is a dance artist of Slovak origin with international experience from The Netherlands, New York, Israel and Slovakia. Supported by Fonds Podiumkunsten within Nieuwe Makers Regeling (New Makers Scheme), in collaboration with Theater de Generator in Leiden, Sandra makes strong physical work inspired by her cultural background.
Aspiring to create immersive theatrical experiences Sandra works with movement, visuals and text. Her multimedia dance Body as a Weapon (2020) was listed among 5 best performances of the year by newspaper Het Parool (Dutch regional daily newspaper) and her latest project MAJKA (2021), in which an alien girl encounters Eastern European womanhood, was praised by critics and the public in The Netherlands and Slovakia. She is now in the making of a new dance production Dictatorship of love (2022), questioning how ideals become oppressive and how even love can turn into a dictatorship. Sandra shares her physical research of Eastern European propaganda in combination with personal stories of women from the local community.
Before arriving in The Netherlands, Sandra premiered her evening-length debut GAME ON! (2018) at Dixon Place in NYC and co-created dance film LADIA (2017). LADIA, based on original stage choreography and directed by Álvaro Congosto, screened at festivals such as Cinedans and San Francisco Dance Film Festival (with awards from BRAGA International video dance festival, Festival de Corporalidad Expandida, Portland Dance Film Fest, ARTS TRIANGLE and Rollout Dance Film Festival).
Sandra's dance work has been presented at Frascati, CC Amstel, Pleintheater and Dansmakers in Amsterdam, Theater De Generator in Leiden, Schuur in Haarlem, Maaspodium in Rotterdam, Theater Kikker in Utrecht, Concordia in Enschede (NL), Dixon Place, BAM Fisher, Danspace Project, The Secret Theater and Bohemian National Hall in New York (US) and Nu dance fest in Bratislava and Malý Berlín in Trnava (SK) .
Before receiving her MFA in Dance from Sarah Lawrence College in NY (2016), Sandra participated in Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company's International Dance Program in Israel (2010) and graduated with BA in Choreography from University of Performing Arts in Bratislava, Slovakia (2009). She also holds a 800-hour (RYT) Yoga alliance certification from Yogea Artflow Center in New York (2017) and teaches modern dance and choreography project at CREA Amsterdam (2019-2023).
“Sandra dances history, she celebrates survival, she is the winner. But a winner of history never forgets her fight, that's what Sandra tells us in her dance: the history that has not crushed us. ”
- Mira Feticu, writer and columnist
“From Sandra Kramerová I saw About dance, Fireflies and the end of the world as we know it and Body as a weapon. Both times I was very pleasantly struck by the great substantive eloquence of her work. With dance she manages to connect with a very broad need of the public to explain itself to the social phenomena of our environment, which for me indicates a special talent for making dance that is in demand. ”
- Tom Helmer, dramaturg Theater Bellevue
"Sandra’s work is a bright light, a searing, physicalization of our contradictory lives."
- David Neumann, American choreographer, director and performer
(Juilliard, three Bessie Awards recipient)