About Cristina and SAWTOOTH

“…[SAWTOOTH] displays a sensibility that’s intriguingly off-centered and roomy. Discover this artist.” -Eva Yaa Asantewaa, InfiniteBody

SAWTOOTH dancers is a NYC-based movement company that creates dreamscapes with humor and a grotesque, hypnotic physicality.

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Since its inception, SAWTOOTH has explored an expansive range of possibility within a confining, jagged trajectory, and reveals layers of unanticipated depth in relationships and psychological dispositions within the group.
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SAWTOOTH’s movement style is full of misdirection, surprises, and sudden drops.

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The company has taken an activist approach to dance making, and using the body as an artistic medium: SAWTOOTH wants to be part of an unmedicalized dialogue with the body.

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SAWTOOTH takes the stance that there is meaning—perhaps more meaning—in the present state of the body than in our deepest philosophical convictions.

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The company hopes to instill in the audience a sense that the body has an endless capacity for honesty, creativity, resiliency and transformation—and help widen our often limited notions of health, strength, safety and love.

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CRISTINA JASEN (Artistic Director/ Performer)


Cristina has performed in cities across the US and studied with such artists as Meredith Monk and Akira Kasai. Cristina has been a dancer and singer for various artists and companies in NYC including Oren Barnoy, the A.O. Movement Collective, and Carolee Schneemann. Cristina was also a DIY experimental percussionist and music composer for dance artist Oren Barnoy for his debut at Danspace Project in NYC as part of choreographer DD Dorvillier’s PLATFORM 2014 retrospective.

Cristina’s movement troupe, SAWTOOTH dancers, debuted in NYC at The Tank in 2009. SAWTOOTH has performed at BAX/Brooklyn Arts Exchange, Dixon Place, and was presented in the New York Foundation for the Arts Bootstrap Arts Festival at Joyce SoHo in 2012. SAWTOOTH has been supported by Brooklyn Arts Council, The Field’s Artward Bound Residency, the 92Y Harkness Space Grant Program, and New York Foundation for the Arts. Cristina was a 2014 artist-in-residence in France at La Maison du Butoh Blanc.



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