Senior Lecturer in Dance Performance
Chair of Theater and Dance Department
Theater And Dance
THEATER AND DANCE
210 16 Station Avenue
Sarvis teaches Dance Technique, Repertory, Choreography and Dance History. His professional training is varied, but grounded in the Cecchetti ballet tradition, and Merce Cunningham–derived modern dance techniques. He performed with Gloria Unti in San Francisco; Liz Lerman in Washington D.C.; June Finch and Debra Wanner in New York City; and Ram Island Dance Company in Maine. A former folk dancer, Mr. Sarvis performed and taught Scottish dance across the U.S. and Canada.
He is one-third of Berg, Jones & Sarvis, a Portland based trio whose work ranges from self-reflexive movement pieces to raucous physical theater. The trio is known for their large site-specific works, collaborations with artists in other media, and joint projects with choreographers including Renée Wadleigh, Ann Carlson, Jonathan Lunn, and Daniel McCusker.
He recently contributed to an interdisciplinary course on James Joyce led by Bowdoin English Professor, Marilyn Reizbaum—and is currently producing a dance film that plays with spatial metaphors, time perception, aging, and family attachment.