Award-winning choreographer Karen Sieber strives to blend technique and raw imagery with her choreography on stage and screen. Her work and approach come from a relentless search for truth in which she confronts issues of human conflict in stylized fashion, spirited movement, artistic imagery and with a diversity of dance styles spanning from classical ballet, modern, tap and jazz, to hip-hop.
Karen was born and trained in Switzerland, and began her dance career with Zurich Dance Theater; Raza Hamadi's Ballet Jazz Art (France); and Matt Mattox’s JazzArt (France). She continued as a professional dancer and actress in New York City before moving into choreographing and directing for musical theatre, film and television.
Karen is dedicated to the development of new works, and recently choreographed the world premiere of the musical Holmes, The Legend in Prague (Czech Republic); worked on a re-imagined production of Into The Woods at Theatre Under The Stars (Houston); and directed and choreographed a work for the Guggenheim Works & Process series (NYC); as well as choreographed premiere productions that have toured the U.S., played Off-Broadway, Broadway Workshop productions, and International Productions.
Karen is drawn to choreographing for film; she co-directed and choreographed the film series ResistDance and the short film Olvidados; created choreography for the short Still Here, as well as numerous national and regional televised commercials, such as Deutsche Bank, Heartfulness Meditation, Renault Motor Car, Minolta Camera and Gillette; and worked on the feature film A Christmas Carol: The Musical.
Scroll down for current projects in production and visit the project page for more of her past works.
HOLMES, THE LEGEND
Karlin Music Theatre, Prague, Czech Republic
Book, Music and Lyrics by Ondřej Gregor Brzobohatý | Direction by Gabriel Barre | Choreography by Karen Sieber
World Premiere: opened Oct. 28, 2018-present.
WE ARE AMEENA
world premiere musical, NYC
From Syria to America: families, cultures and hearts collide in this powerful and timely soul/rock musical.
Produced by A2K Theatricals, Ricardo Marques & Littlelion Productions
Direction by Adam Karsten I Co-Creation and Choreography by Karen Sieber
Music by John Deley I Add. Music by Nicola Vazquez I Lyrics by Billy Seidman I Add. Lyrics Pete Miser and Nicola Vazquez
Staged Reading: New 42nd Street Studios, March 28th and 29th, 2019; with a Workshop Production to follow in April of 2020 at Open Jar Studios.
a short film
A musical short film about grief, and what it means to “move on" while navigating online intimacy.
Produced by MT Shorts
Book and Lyrics by Chip Klose I Music and Lyrics by Ben Roseberry l Direction by Kaye Tuckerman l Choreography by Karen Sieber l Director of Photography Alex Pepper