DOUBLE BIND-inspire action to change our future.

Focusing on translating voices into movement from those who identify as or resonate with the qualities of being a woman, Double Bind delivers a universal message of equity, diversity, inclusivity, and human connection.

Double Bind is a contemporary dance work that integrates spoken word, custom hair art, and costume design. The process has consisted of independent research and interviewing folks from NYC, Italy, and Japan, to acquire a full scope of the cultural experience that women share in sarAika movement collective’s broad community. This allowed them to create an organic script that underlines and empowers women’s voices, about the cascading events and harsh rhetoric that the women’s rights movement has faced over the past few years all over the world. As a collective, sarAika is composed of immigrants and queer women who through this work share their perspectives on the issue.

It will premier on March 24th, 2023 at 9 pm as part of the Spark Theater Festival, Emerging Artists Theatre , at the TADA! Youth Theater.
Click here if you want to purchase the tickets for the premiere.
Following this opening, excerpts will be shown in Our Bodies by Creative Performances curated by Sangeeta Ghosh Yesley on April 22nd at the University of Settlement. In November 2023, at One Day Dance , Season 4, a cinematic experience of Double Bind will be shared.

This work is about all of us.
The concept of a double bind, where poor communication leads to dead ends and generalizations are akin to one-way roads, is a unifying structure found in a plethora of issues women face. This project is a central source to inspire audiences to confront these radiating issues that are immediately impacting our lives.

What we can do.
Double Bind aims to generate conversation and spark growth regarding toxic cultural forces that impair women’s lives. As a multicultural company, sarAika movement collective will amplify this discussion to our community in NYC and across the globe so that we may connect about these commonalities and differences we face, and inspire action to change our future. All women deserve to live in a society in which they are respected and appreciated.

Double Bind needs your support to reach our community in New York and beyond, and to all those who identify with the issues women face. If our goal resonates with you, we would be grateful to you:
  • for sharing this project
  • reaching out to collaborate
  • or for any aid that interests you
  • fund this project and its expansion

In addition to this, you can be part of this project:
Write a name of a person who identifies as a woman/a feminist /anyone who identify or support the women's community or you as a woman, that you respect, get inspired by, or are influenced by most!
The person can be both someone in history and in these days.
The name you’ll share with us will be part of the “DOUBLE BIND” performance by being mentioned during the performance.

It means that you will be part of the show! We need to include your voice!
(*the link will direct you to a google form. The names which will be shared before March 19th, 2023 will appear on the premiere of Double Bind, afterward, the names will be included on the website and added on in future performances)

Our Identity and Mission

sarAika movement collective is a contemporary dance collective with a distinct taste for interdisciplinary collaboration. Founded in 2021 by Aika Takeshima, an immigrant from Japan, and Sara Pizzi, an immigrant from Italy, found a common artistic language from their perspective as immigrants living in America. Unifying their skills and knowledge as dancers, choreographers, activists, and part of the LGBTQIA+ community, they gathered a shared goal to create art about and for humans. Their company advocates for a diverse, equitable, and inclusive environment. sarAika movement collective’s mission is to help people find possibility and freedom within themselves. No matter the mediums in which they work – movement, dance, theater, music, voice, paint, light paint, poetry, AR technology – the themes of their work are rooted in the sense of what people desire or need to let go of. Emotions, opinions, and experiences are what art embodies, capturing vulnerability. When one witnesses vulnerable work, they feel something. The ability to relate to this kind of art increases one’s connection to their authentic self and allows us to connect to ourselves and our community. sarAika movement collective pursues this value of authenticity to bond their community. Their art is a form of activism documenting key issues and personal insights, to highlight minority groups and underrepresented communities, and create a safe space for reflection.


Choreographers & Dancers: Sara Pizzi &Aika Takeshima

Performers & assistant creators:
Faustine Lavie (dancer)
Maitlin Jordan (dancer)
Mayu Nakaya (dancer)

Creative Team:
Takeo Suzuki (hair designer)
Federica Borlenghi (costume designer)
Clara Wiest (associate costume designer)
Carol Prud'Homme Davis (resident artist)
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