Born and raised in rural Massachusetts, Sacha Yanow is a New York City based performance artist and actor. Their recent solo performances are experimental and embodied portraits of the inner lives of archetypal family figures—the father in Dad Band, (2015), the grandmother in Cherie Dre (2018) and currently the uncle —as a way to connect to estranged personal and cultural histories. Drawing from theater and performance art, these intimate works use humor and physicality to explore aging, gender, desire, and Ashkenazi Jewish-American assimilation. They have been presented by venues including Danspace Project, Joe’s Pub, and the New Museum in NYC; PICA’s TBA Festival/Cooley Gallery in Portland; and Festival Theaterformen in Hanover, Germany. Yanow has received residency support from Baryshnikov Arts Center, Denniston Hill, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, SOMA Mexico City, and Yaddo. They received a BA from Sarah Lawrence College and studied at the University of Capetown, SA for a semester. Yanow is a graduate of the William Esper Studio Actor Training Program in NYC.
Sacha Yanow is an artist participating in LIFT’s Concept Touring commissioning programme.