Shereen Saif is a Dubai based Indian-born artist with a practice that spans dance, theatre, storytelling, performance and installation art. Her foundation is diverse and has deep roots in Dance, Theatre and Architecture.
Her movement vocabulary is shaped by her training in the Indian classical traditions of Bharatanatyam, Mohiniyattam and Kathak. Her exposure to elements of contemporary dance comes from her association with Caroline Marcade, choreographer and professor at the French National School of Dramatic Arts.
As an actor, Shereen believes in an integrated approach that borrows from Eastern and Western schools of thought. She is a LAMDA (London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art) certified acting professional and continues to train in ancient Indian theatre practices under Kutiyattam exponent and scholar, Venu G.
Her multidisciplinary approach to performing arts has also resulted in creative collaborations that combine movement, theatre, music, video art and technology. Most notable include ‘Silent Conversations’ (2019) her photo-video-AR installation inspired from her association with the Deaf community in the UAE, her avant garde Virtual Reality work with conceptual artist Patrick Lichty (‘We Are’ 2018), her dance video installations in collaboration film maker Swapna Kurup for the SIKKA Art Fair (‘The Unmanifested’ 2014, ‘Amorphous’ 2016) and collaboration with iconic American painter and video artist Judy Rifka (‘INTERactive’ 2016).
Shereen is a founding member of Star Too – Dubai’s first experimental theatre project and an artist collaborator in Trance-Forms, an initiative of the Emirati-French Cultural Programme: Dialogue with the Louvre Abu Dhabi.
She is also a commercial voiceover artist, writes for online dance journal Narthaki.com and is an avid culture geek organizing curated walks around old Dubai.
She has performed widely in the UAE, in India, France and Italy.