Olivia Sabee is assistant professor of dance. She earned a high school diploma in Ballet from UNC School of the Arts, a B.A. in French from the University of Chicago, and a Ph.D. in French from Johns Hopkins University.
Her research focuses on French ballet from the end of the Ancien Régime through the July Monarchy. Her most recent article, "Théophile Gautier's Ballet d'Action: Rewriting Dance History through Criticism," published in Dance Chronicle, examines how Gautier retrospectively defined the term ballet d'action, lending credence to the idea of a distinct rupture between eighteenth- and nineteenth-century balletic traditions.
As a choreographer, she is interested in exploring reproducibility, virtuosity, and the life and afterlife of multidisciplinary works that diverge from traditional and easily remounted structures. Her choreography has been performed by MOVEIUS Contemporary Ballet and her own project-based company. It has been presented by Baltimore’s Artscape Festival, Atlas INTERSECTIONS Festival, Johns Hopkins University, Christopher K. Morgan’s Dance & Desserts Series, the Source Festival Artistic Blind Dates, and Kun-Yang Lin Dancers’ InHale Performance Series, among others. In 2015, she founded Agora Dance together with Catherine Roth and Niko Sommaripa.