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Sophia Ndaba

Sophia is a graduate of the McDonald College of Performing Arts and the West Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA), qualified with a Bachelor of Arts in Dance, 2010. Over the past 7 years she has worked across a broad spectrum of contemporary dance styles and practices. From bodyweather, dance theatre, site specific, community outreach, object and installation, commercial, dance film and various collaborations with live musicians and other multidisciplinary artists.

She joined Shaun Parker & Company in 2013 touring festivals nationally and throughout Europe, Asia and the Middle East with productions Happy as Larry, TROLLEYS and AM I. Her credits also include productions by La Fura Dels Baus & Opera Australia, Ministry of Sound, Xerox, Force Majeure, Melanie Lane, Victoria Hunt, Britta Lieberknecht & Company, Martin Del Amo, and more.

Sophia is a founding member of the Dance Makers Collective, a group of independent dance artists in Sydney who (through the support of Arts NSW and Australia Council for the Arts) collaboratively choreograph and produce contemporary dance work. Her own choreographic works include: Found Lost (2011), Voiced (WAAPA 2012), Zeitgeist (Dance Makers Collective 2013) and TV commercials including Best & Less and Virgin Australia/The Australian Chamber Orchestra.

In 2017 Sophia joined electronic musician CLARK on the World Tour of his highly anticipated show, DEATH PEAK LIVE. Performing alongside dancer Kiani Del Valle, choreographed by Melanie Lane with lighting design by Brian Kelly.

2018 sees Sophia take the reins and rigorously continue developing her own choreographic practice. Works in development include ‘Groove Experiments’ (solo), Matrifocal (in collaboration with Evi Terzi & Maria Koltsida) and a new full length production by long time collaborators, Dance Makers Collective (to premiere in 2019/20).

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Dance Makers Collective acknowledge the Darug peoples, the traditional custodians of the land of Western Sydney, whose land we have the privilege to dance and work on. We acknowledge their survival and resilience, and pay respect to Darug Elders past, present and emerging, and recognise their continuing connection to the land, water and community for over 65,000 years.

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