LAVA is an Obie and Bessie award-winning performance troupe that explodes with empowerment and flows with creative invention. The women of LAVA are fierce, witty, and powerful while sharing their humanity and sincerity in work that defies gravity, convention, and all expectations.

LAVA is a troupe of artists who develop and perform artistic works that combine dance, theater and acrobatics. Founded in 2000 by Sarah East Johnson, LAVA develops original works that integrate athletic physicality, intellectual rigor, social commentary, and relationship exploration. LAVA was awarded an OBIE and a Bessie Award for their show Lava Love, in 2000. In addition to creating and performing original theatrical productions, the troupe offers classes in their unique form of acrobatics and dance at their Brooklyn Studio.

LAVA has performed in New York City at P.S. 122, The Kitchen, The Flea Theater, Dance Theater Workshop, The Joyce Theater, Movement Research at Judson Church, The New Victory Theater, Celebrate Brooklyn, Symphony Space, and Dixon Place. The troupe has received funding from the Jerome Foundation, New York State Council on the Arts, Brooklyn Arts Council, Bloomberg LP, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, the Puffin Foundation, the Heathcote Foundation, the Greater Houston Community Foundation, Bossak Heilbron Charitable Trust, Joyce Mertz Gilmore Foundation, and hundreds of individuals. 


LAVA is available for performances in theaters, schools, universities, and non-traditional venues. We adapt our selection of repertory pieces to best communicate with the specific audiences and spaces that we perform in.

• Our repertory includes works with 4 to 7 performers
• It can be done in spaces that do or do not accommodate rigging
• Our minimum playing space is 20' x 24'

"If you need proof that the human body can do miraculous and beautiful things, look no further."
- Liz Gold,, December 2011