PINION & CROWN is an emerging Trilogy Dance Art ensemble, founded and directed by Sara Marin (IT/CH) and Griet Vanden Houden (BE/AT).

We search for situations, fractures and connections in society and life that we can express through dance. Supported by elements of theatre, music and multimedia, such as visual projections, we seek to explore and integrate ideas of intensity, technique, sensuality, speed, spontaneity, change of direction, irony and trust into our work.

How does a Pinion and Crown gear work?
A pinion and crown gear works by meeting at an angle that allows two shafts to rotate at different speeds. The pinion and crown gear system can also allow a mechanism to change the direction of a transmitted motion, torque, and change speeds.

The pinion and crown parts are both unique in shape, enabling them to fit harmoniously together to create the joint. It is only when the pinion and crown meet that the balance and production of energy is possible. A gear is one of the oldest power resources to generate movement.

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PINION & CROWN – Trilogy Dance Art

Is a set of 3 works of art that are connected and can be seen either as a single piece or as three individual pieces. Three pieces together will give you a completely new feeling.

Trilogy is a structure commonly found in literature or cinematography.  By applying this tri-logical structure to dance we reveal that dance is not a separate entity, but it is indeed influenced by other art forms.

In this respect, we have begun to expand our horizon to go beyond just dance. We have strengthened our collaboration with artists and professionals in other fields, who have been contributing to our expansion as an ensemble, either with their art or with their platforms or resources.  This has begun to make our work much richer as a result, as we are able to cross several fields and disciplines whilst keeping dance at the core of our art.

PINION & CROWN ensemble is aiming to take dance to a new level.  We aim to reach different audiences through a variety of platforms in several different ways: Live Performance, Short film and Photographic installation

After all, how can we call it “contemporary” if we don’t explore how dance can intersect with new media and technology that explores innovation and pushes the boundaries of old established techniques; taking risks. Without that, could we still call our work contemporary?

PINION & CROWN ensemble is inviting you to join us on our journey to discover: Trilogy Dance Art!

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PINION & CROWN – Curriculum Vitae
Sara Marin (Italy) and Griet Vanden Houden (Belgium) both come from Academic backgrounds as well as having studied at the National Academy of Dance Rome (IT) and de!Kunsthumaniora Antwerpen (BE).
They first met at SEAD (Salzburg Experimental Academy of Dance) (AT) 2008-2011. They have been working for choreographers such as: Roberto Olivan, Todd Williams, Quan Bui Ngoc, Jelka Milic, Ori Flomin an many more..
After graduating, they completed a one year Pilates comprehensive teacher training (mat and equipment), at the Academy of Modern Pilates International (AT).
During and after school Sara and Griet spent a lot of time together, working, sharing ideas, moments of growth, tastes and traditions; influencing and enriching each other.
Being friends and professionally working together in different fields (such as: dance, Pilates, yoga aerial, Spiraldynamik, pre & postnatal training, teaching, performing, coaching,  choreographing , art directing, casting in live events, photo and video productions) they have built a special connection that is reflected in their own work. They currently continue their artistic collaboration together, although from different bases, respectively Sara in St. Gallen (CH) and Griet in Bad Goisern (AT), where they have put down roots and established their own centres.


2023 – Showreel – Short film.
2022 – Melting Skies – Short film – collab. ParadigMan.
2019/2021 – Décadanse – Live-performance – Short film – Photographic installation
2017/2019 – OXYMORON – Live performance – Short film – Photographic installation.
2017 – Filter – Photographic installation –  collab. Atelier AUTHENTIC.
2015/2016 – SAME same BUT DIFFERENT – Live performance – short film – Photographic installation.

Festival/ Exhibition/ Gallery:

IMVA International Music Video Awards in Budapest (HU)
High Tatras film, music and visual arts festival in Košice (SK)

Das Tanzfest
Offene Kirche, Sankt Gallen (CH)
Premiere done also in live streaming (during the global pandemic)

SAPA Tanz Film Festival
Winterthur (CH)

International dance festival
Almada (PT)

Drum5162, Kulturinitiative zur Auseinandersetzung und Verortung von Gegenwartskultur in Obertrum am See (AT)

Das Tanzfest
Grabenhalle, Sankt Gallen (CH)

Lange Nacht der Bühnen
Lentos Kunstmuseum Linz (AT)

OXYMORON premiere
Tabakfabrik Linz (AT)

international shortfilm festival Lenzig (AT)

Breaking 8_International Dance Film Festival
Cagliari (IT)

Ressegna assoli e duetti e danza in corto
Bartolomei ASD, Teatro villa Pamphilj
Rome (IT)

Tanz_house Festival.16 Under the Skin
Salzburg (AT)

Vienna (AT)

international shortfilm festival Lenzig (AT)

ARTEFATTO_10 RESET friends in art
Trieste(IT) Palazzo Gopcevichi
Labin(HR) Gradska Galerija
Pula (HR) Galerija Cvajne
Hallein (AT) Schmiede – Playground of ideas

SELF & IT´S LIQUID international art show
Palazzo ca´zanardi (IT)
Venice art house (IT)

LIQUID ROOMS –the body language
SELF & IT´S LIQUID international art show
Palazzo ca´zanardi (IT)

Villa Paulick Seewalchen
am Attersee (AT)

PINION & CROWN – Artistic Statement
For us, dance is an essential way to communicate. We feel that through the movement of the body we can express ourselves in ways that would not be possible through words. We can connect with the audience on a different level, transferring ideas, thoughts, opinions or feelings. For us, creativity and dance is more than a desire, it is a concrete need.

The experience of the past,
And the expectations of the future,
Will make the experiment of the present.

Drawing upon these elements, past, present and future, is often our starting point to create material. We are inspired by images and incorporate these into our work in order to evoke and provoke feelings in our audience. During our training we were taught to embody particular aesthetics. Looking back, we moved differently and while this phase was an important base, we realise that there are many other possibilities and we are capable of moving and dancing in many other ways. Also important for us, and at the very core of our work, is being present; present inside a clear structure where we are able to search for situations, and find fractures and connections within society and life that we can react upon and express through dance. Looking to the future we seek out supporting elements such as multi-media, music, visual projections and theatre, and enthusiastically embrace and incorporate these elements into our work to create a richer dance performance.

We like the idea of interaction. A critical part of interplay for us is a communication with the space. Hence, our location plays a fundamental role in the creative process and the performance. We adapt our material to the environment and through this process the abstract dance can transition to become real and relevant. We work with what the environment offers and our characters have to play, communicate and interact with the scene.

Our purpose is not to solve any problems or provide the audience with answers but we do aim to distract, confuse, or make them more open about things. Through our movement we hope to transport the audience and take them on a journey away from their ordinary life. We like to shake them up, make them curious and encourage the audience to ask questions.

The distance between our dreams and reality is called action, and action is key to success. When you are afraid to do something, even if it lives in your mind for a long time, if you don’t actually do it, it will never exist! We believe it is our responsibility to take a risk and create new work. So, inspired by a pinion and crown mechanism, both parts unique in shape, enabling them to fit harmoniously together and coexist by pushing, pulling and supporting each other, we have founded our dance ensemble PINION & CROWN.

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Our aim is to provide a platform for research and education by offering a laboratory that goes beyond dance and can be adopted for projects in schools, companies, communities, and human organizations.
We both offer lessons in our centers for different age groups and levels of expertise allowing us to keep the essential circle of learning, inspiring, motivating and transmitting.
Workshop description:

BODY WORK-shop taught by Pinion & Crown is a dance movement training tailored for each of you! The training is a combination from Dance and Pilates and designed to improve stability, flexibility and balance muscle strength, which in turn will help you to prevent injury, rehabilitate current injuries and increase your body awareness.

The Pinion & Crown  BEYOND WORK-shop would be a unique laboratory for dance combined with theater, music, multi-media and other arts for research and development. Within our workshops, depending on the needs of participants, we will be collaborating with dancers, choreographers, actors, musicians and more. We aim to create an exchange of experienced artists and “newcomers” so that there is both mentoring and a creation of a larger network that goes beyond just dance alone, but integrates with other art forms and disciplines. In most cases, implicit knowledge and experience are understood, learned and transmitted only through a pictorial description, by observing, imitating and practicing processes. We want to create better conditions and perspectives within the contemporary dance and performance world that goes beyond current limitations.

We look forward to bringing one of our workshop proposals to your school or venue or to having you attending one of our planned programmes!

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PINION & CROWN – Contact

We are happy to bring our pieces to your festivals or collaborate on new artistic works on demand! We also offer interdisciplinary art laboratories as well as dance & movement workshops for amateurs or professionals.

Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions, requests or just want to say hi.
You can also reach and support us through any of the social networks below.

Email: contact@pinioncrown.com

+43 69917167555 (English, Deutsch, Nederlands)

+41 767863041 (English, Deutsch, Italiano)