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summer | main event
running from the 1st to the 30th of july 2023

b12 summer main event


location: eden***** studios


Sophia Ndaba


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universal language: Animal, environment & the collective unconcious

i'm compelled to research choreography that has a universal resonance. i do this by looking at what is common in our human experience. the research has been formalised into a number of practicable themes, 3 of which we will explore and embody over the 4 day research. they are: animal, environment, and the collective unconscious. explorations of the collective unconscious are largely influenced by the work of psychoanalyst, carl jung, who presents the theory that we all have ancestral memory in our subconscious brain. detailing an inherited system of primitive images from our earliest human ancestors, called archetypes, that inform the personality and how it responds to the world. the research addresses each theme through movement meditations. as it evolves and deepens, a performance practice is set up in the space together with specific parameters; creating a world of meaning, relationship and co-existence. each day before the research starts, we will prepare by passing through a warm-up/training session of foundational floor work, release technique, and improvisation.

please be aware of our early bird special offer for this workshop! you can apply for this offer up until the 24th of march 2023. after the 24th the regular workshop fee applies. applications are accepted up until one day before the workshops starts.

Sophia Ndaba is a Zulu-Australian dance artist qualified with a Bachelor of Arts in Dance FROM waapa. She has performed for Shaun Parker & Company, La Fura Dels Baus & Opera Australia, Force Majeure, Ensemble Offspring, Britta Lieberknecht & Company, and for independent choreographers Melanie Lane, Victoria Hunt, Martin Del Amo, Sara Black, Anton, Nici Grandison, and Kiani Del Valle. After moving to Berlin in 2016, Sophia joined Clark’s world tour of Death Peak Live, DJ Bobo’s Kaleidoluna European tour, and Lena Meyer Landrut’s Only Love European tour. She danced in large scale on screen productions X Factor Germany, season 1 & 2 of The Masked Singer Germany, and season 3 of Netflix series Babylon Berlin. Sophia’s choreographic work began with the Dance Makers Collective, followed by a solo work, In The Light of a Shadow, for Ballhaus Naunynstrasse and various TVCs & TV series, including Sky TNT’s PARA Wir sind King. Sophia’s latest choreography, The Veil of Separation, had its world premiere to critical acclaim in Sydney Dance Company’s 2022 New Breed Season in Sydney, Australia. As a dancer and a choreographer, Sophia traverses many landscapes in dance; From experimental contemporary forms to mainstream commercial dance. She combines the breadth of her own experience with an inquiry into the human condition to build relationship, meaning & story between bodies, working to give the audience a deeply felt experience.



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