Sara Mikolai is a movement-based artist born in Berlin of Sri Lankan-Tamil descent. Since 1993 she has trained in Bharatanatyam, a South Indian dance form, under her mother Diana Mikolai. With this as an access to dance, music and poetry, in 2007 she started to collaborate in various contexts of contemporary performance. Through a decolonial and queer contextualisation, today she creates experimental situations and performances in which she sets a focus on the body-space-, as well as the body-sound relation.
After reading 'Area Studies of Asia/Africa' at the Humboldt University Berlin, she studied 'Dance, Context & Choreography' at the Interuniversity-Centre for Dance (HZT) (University
of the Arts Berlin), where she received a scholarship from the Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes. Further, she holds a diploma in Bharatanatyam from the Oriental Fine Arts Academy of London. In 2014, she co-founded the artistic research collective The Dotted Dance Project together with Kiran Kumar (IN); and in 2016 she co-founded the performance space Extantation in Chiang Mai (TH). She currently gives workshops in Bharatanatyam, is co-curating the upcoming project of apparatus GbR, as well as focussing on her solo practice and the research of her collective The Dotted Dance Project.