Sebastian Abarbanell (he/they) is a dance artist, performer and award-winning choreographer based in Berlin. As a queer artist who has the privilege of devoting their life to their artistic development and expression, they take on the responsibility of illuminating, processing and questioning socially and politically relevant issues and matters with their work.
After graduating from Trinity Laban in London in 2015, they spent 4 years in New York City where they collaborated and performed with a variety of artists and companies including Sidra Bell Dance New York, Gallim Dance and BIRDHOUSE. Sebastian has presented their work at international festivals across Europe, USA, Canada and Mexico and received awards such as 1st Prize and Audience Prize at contact.energy Tanztheater Festival Erfurt, the Residency Award at Solo-Tanz-Theater Festival Stuttgart and the Emerging Choreographer Award at SoloDuo Festival in Cologne.
In 2021 Sebastian premiered two works: a commissioned work at Theater Pforzheim premiered online on 24 July – 15 August and their solo production ‘HOME’ at Uferstudios Berlin on 12 -14 August. Sebastian has taught company classes at Sasha Waltz & Guests, Sidra Bell Dance New York and Theater Pforzheim and in institutions such as NYU Tisch, Gibney Dance, Dock11 Berlin and University of the Arts in Philadelphia. Currently, Sebastian Abarbanell works as a freelance dancer, teacher and choreographer in Berlin and they are a member of Kianí Del Valle’s KDV Dance Ensemble and Sasha Waltz & Guests.