SCDT SEASON ARTIST IN RESIDENCE FALL 2019
Sofia Engelman is a dance artist based in Massachusetts. Sofia has presented works, including ongoing High Maintenance studies and collaborations with partner Em Papineau, at venues such as the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (DC), Institute for Contemporary Art/Boston (MA), Movement Research at the Judson Church (NY), FRESH Festival (CA), EstroGenius at the Kraine Theater (NY), The Dance Complex (MA), and HUT at the School for Contemporary Dance and Thought (MA). Sofia and Em have developed dances, including Where the air is light and clear (2018) and INSTANT SAVIORS (2019), through residencies at The Living Room (ME) and Ponderosa (Germany). Sofia received a BA with highest honors in Dance from Smith College where she was the recipient of an Excellence in Dance Studies award and danced in choreography by David Dorfman, Angie Hauser, Chris Aiken, Dante Brown, Xan Burley + Alex Springer, and Bronwen MacArthur, studying with these artists, as well as Jennifer Nugent, Paul Matteson, and Shayla-Vie Jenkins. In high school, Sofia trained intensively with Lauren Simpson in Cambridge, MA, as well as numerous artists over four summers at the Bates Dance Festival. Sofia is the Ad/Marketing Manager and Administrative Assistant at Contact Quarterly, occasionally dances in work by Michael Figueroa/Ruckus Dance, and teaches choreography, technique, and dance fitness classes regularly to children and adults.
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From Sofia and collaborator Em Papineau:
We are Em and Sofia and we are in love. We make dances together. These dances are political and personal and, hopefully, honest. In our dances, our relationship manifests not as a narrative so much as a feeling, a state of being, a world, and a logic. We interrogate traditional modes of togetherness by devising disorienting dreamscapes and impossible obstacles; we sort through the debris and create our own personal queer paradise.
In Fall 2019, Sofia and Em will be working on a new installment in a series of duets at SCDT in conjunction with a CATALYST residency at The Dance Complex in Cambridge, MA.
This residency is supported in part by a grant from the Northampton Arts Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.