We had the good fortune of connecting with Sadie Rose Wilking and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Sadie Rose, alright, let’s jump in with a deep one – what’s you’re definition for success?
This idea will always be in metamorphosis and subjective, but in this current season of life I find the idea or definition of success to be tied with my professional journey up until this point.

Within my echo chamber of womxn there is a mutual experience or understanding of being in the “shadow” of a creative partner or counter point. I feel the eternal responsibility to make womxn be seen in this regard, because I empathize with the weight in can bring. In my history I was once more comfortable being the core support system of others, and assumed that If I were to have my own artistic identity I would have to “catch up” with my counter part, but in reality that aspiration does not exist, and the world (as cliche as it sounds) is big enough for us all.

My success began to come when I surrendered to failing and recovering. Getting to know the spaces I am apart of, and understanding how I can uplift them. So today, success means surrounding myself with individuals, groups and communities who want to create with intention, have discussions that better foundations of our communities, and pay homage to the moulds set out before us.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Today, and in this period of life I am so proud to say and bask in the un-easiness but absolute joy that the sensation of the unknown brings. I have gotten where I am today by trial and error, the wisdom of those who have paved the way and those who currently surround me. Without them, (as dramatic as this sounds) I am nothing. 

I especially want to thank someone who held space in my life since I was 16, for always telling me to create even if it didn’t feel perfect or wholly representative of my talents, because If I didn’t see what I didn’t want I would have no way of understanding what I do want. Ultimately the greatest lesson within this was to create what I wanted to see in the world.

After graduating UCLA, I moved to England for graduate school to pursue my Masters in contemporary dance performance, and today I write my dissertation on the importance of challenging current systems/leaders within dance in order to prioritize the mental health of dancers just as much as the physical ones through ideas rooted in neurobiology and beyond. During this time I allowed myself to authentically confront what I wanted out of dance, deciphering what I thought I should be doing, and what I truly wanted.I knew that dance was not going to just come in the form of performing on stage, but rather being a facilitator and coordinator of projects bigger than my own self, providing others with varying vessels to convey their narrative, cause and action.

Not until recently have I accepted the desire/given my younger self permission to step into a more pluralistic role. One that feels more genuine being behind the scenes than always at the forefront of the product. The biggest lessons I have learned from all of these experiences thus far have been to: always be kind, because odds are the person next to you also has a beautiful idea, make what you want to see in the world, collaborate and reach out to those you admire because that connection creates new possibilities, and lastly to always have the community and greater good in mind in order to continue uplifting, representing and advocating for.

Today I am thrilled to announce my own space: HooverHaus in association with production and film company RYBG. HooverHaus will serve as a multipurpose haven for dancers and creators alike, as well as a platform to have town halls on varying issues/topics in the dance community, alongside leaders and activists who are passionate about creating safer spaces, providing mental health resources and de-mystifying realities of “the industry”. The space will officially be open in May 2021, and is currently being occupied by dancers who are in need of space in the LA area.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Eat: Kitchen Mouse, The Kitchen, Dune, Deltas Tacos, Joy, Portos, Jitlada, El Cochinito, Suehiro Cafe, KazuNori, Yucas, Malibu Seafood, Bestia, Xiang La Hui, IKEA cafeteria. Visit: Descanso gardens, The Arboretum Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden, MOCA, the Underground Museum, Art + Practice, Nous Tous, Artfully spaced gallery, Lula Washington Dance Theatre, Japanese American National Museum (JANM), Smogasburg LA, Grand central market. Hang Out: Point Dume, Silverlake meadow, Elysian Park, Echo Park Places to see: Griffith Observatory, Dodgers Stadium, Little Tokyo, San Onofre Beach, Point Mugu at sunrise, mulholland scene drive at night. Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
This part. This is arguably the most important component of the whole scheme, and I feel so lucky that I have a hard time just choosing one, because it truly does take a village. My mom who has taught me entrepreneurship and unconditional love. My dad who has emboldened me to take risks, and reminds me not to take life too seriously. Kyle Abraham who has been an impenetrable pillar of grace, action and ingenuity for the dance community and beyond. Gracie Whyte who introduced me to the training I love most, and inspired me to move across the country. Bessel Van Der Kolk for finally matching words to visceral sensations. Brianna Mims for being an example of what true advocacy and facilitation looks like through art, action and discussion. London, England for giving me the courage and strength to be honest with what I want out of life and who I wish to be. Lastly, Los Angeles for gifting me the irreplaceable privileges of deep, understanding and passionate friendships, loves, losses and oceans that will forever be my safe haven.

Instagram: sadierwilking

Image Credits
Art Davison Chris Nash Lauren Alex Kim RYBG Chris Blauvelt

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