“I am a choreographer interested in the emotional and dramaturgical qualities of creating space through body movement. My work stems from the actualization of a simple truth: that movement creates space. My double-disciplined background, as a dancer and architect, expands my work on the versatile intersections between dance and architecture through artistic research, choreography, performance and screendance work. In my choreographic practice, I aim in creating performance spaces, where the body is simultaneously realized as mind, and vice versa, during and through the dancing praxis, provoking thinking shift and change. So far, my work has been about internal psychic conflict, social interaction, and self-transformation”.
Sofia Kondylia is a choreographer, performer, masterclass/workshop leader and architect. Her work expands on the versatile intersections between choreography and architecture, through dance, performance, physical theatre and screendance work since 2015. Motivated by the fact that movement creates space, she uses dance as a dynamic spatiotemporal language to create and reinvent the space, narrating corporeal stories about internal psychic conflict, social interaction, and self-transformation.
In her works, linear storytelling and character development have been central choreographic elements of the abstract nature of her dances (“Happy Together”/2021, “Asleep”/2021, 2018, “The Square”, “Squared”/2019-2020, “BodIS”/2019, “Human Constructions”/2016-2017, “Between Me”/2015). Her practice-as-research projects, “Architecture + Dance” and “Performing Geometries”, delve into the emotional and kinaesthetic interpretation of space, resulting in 13 dance productions, an ongoing dance notation research (“Pictographic Glyphs”), a series of workshops (“Architecture + Dance”, “Spatial Flow”, “Dancing with an Object”), as well as lectures and artist presentations. Her work has toured internationally (Scotland, Greece, Italy, Cyprus, Sweden, The Netherlands, California, Argentina) through numerous artistic residencies (Citymoves/UK, PAF/FR, Megaron the Athens Concert Hall /GR, Duncan Dance Centre/GR, Hydra Animart 2019/GR, Egomio Cultural Centre/CY), festivals, and conferences. She has been awarded governmental, as well as private funding and international awards, as well as an honorary museum exhibition in 2021 in Greece.
She holds an MA in Performance Practices from ArtEZ University of the Arts (Arnhem, The Netherlands), and an MA in Architectural Engineering and a BA in Dance (Athens, Greece). Her further training includes a variety of international dance, physical theatre, floor acrobatics and Pilates workshops, as well as cultural arts management and dance pedagogy training. She currently lives and works in Aberdeen, Scotland.