“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, dance, performance, physical theater and screendance work. I aim in creating spaces where the body is simultaneously realized as mind, and vice versa, during and through the dancing praxis, provoking thinking shift and change.”
Sofia Kondylia is a professional choreographer, performer, and double-disciplined artistic researcher, who has been actively creating and presenting artistic research and performance work since 2015. She holds an MA in Performance Practices from ArtEZ University of the Arts, Arnhem, The Netherlands (2020), an MA in Architectural Engineering from National Technical University of Athens (2012), and a BA in Dance and Dance Pedagogy from Rallou Manou Higher Professional Dance School, Athens, Greece (2014).
She has been linking and expanding on her two practices – dance and architecture – through the dramaturgical use of geometry in choreography and other performing arts. Both of her two research projects, “Architecture + Dance” (2011-2017) and “Performing Geometries” (2018-ongoing) have so far resulted in various performances (e.g. “The Square”/2020, “BodIS”/2019, “Asleep”/2018, “Sympraxis”/2017, “Human Constructions”/2016-2017, “Between Me”/2015), experimental screendance work (“The Square”/2020, “Squared”/2020), original dance and compositional practices (e.g. “Spatial Flow”, “Architecture + Dance”), as well as in numerous release/improvisation, research/choreography/performance and pedagogical workshops (“Spatial Flow”, “Architecture + Dance”, “Creative Movement”). Moreover, she has generated an original way of documenting her dances (“Pictographic Glyphs”/2020).
Her work has been awarded governmental and private funding from Greece, as well as an international distinction for “Human Constructions” at Greek Contemporary Dance Platform in 2016. She has been awarded with artistic residencies in Europe (e.g. PAF/France, Megaron, Duncan Dance Centre, Animart 2019/Greece, Egomio Cultural Centre/Cyprus), toured with her work through presenting it at international festivals (Scotland, Greece, Cyprus, Sweden, The Netherlands, California, Argentina) and at international conferences (Italy, Greece). She has been constantly teaching since 2014 in Greece and currently in Scotland.