Born in Santiago, Chile, Sebastian is a Toronto-based artist, educator, and researcher whose artistic and academic interests include the connection between movement and memory, (im)migration and diaspora, the participatory body, popular culture, men and pointe, and multi-media practices. Sebastian holds a BA in Psychology from Simon Fraser University (Vancouver), an MA in Dance from York University (Toronto), and he is currently working on a PhD in Dance Studies at York. His SSHRC-funded Master’s project investigated the relationship between men and pointe work. Articles that emerged out of his MA research on men and pointe include The Pointe Shoe: A Tool for Knowledge Production (published in Contingent Horizons); The Boy with the Dancified Body: An 'Automythnography' (published in Performance Matters); and Stories of Men on Pointe (published in Dance Collection Danse Magazine). His PhD research explores how movement participates in the conjuring of memories, particularly in the context of Chilean migrants in Canada.
Sebastian's passion for dance began at a young age in Chile, and was later reignited in Squamish, B.C. Recently, he danced in Dérives , a community-based, site-specific performance facilitated by Noémie Lafrance and Ayelen Liberona, at The Bentway; as well as in Sashar Zariff's Kismet: Opposing Destiny at the Dance: Made in Canada/Fait au Canada Festival. Sebastian is currently developing Fragmentos, a multi-media project that explores the fragmentation of self with documentary filmmaker Juan Pablo Pinto. A work-in-progress of the piece was presented at Aluna Theatre's Caminos 2019 Festival, in partenership with Native Earth Performing Arts.