Renter Spotlight: Sônia Lopes Soares - Gibney
Week of August 5, 2020
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Renter Spotlight: Sônia Lopes Soares

A woman rolling another woman on the floor. A light is behind them.

On a normal day, Gibney’s 23 studios are a bustling artistic nexus. We love walking down the hallway and seeing different artists, different projects, and different communities making each space their own. We are missing that feeling, and want to find a way to share it with you.

We’ve asked a group of renters whose rehearsals, showings, workshops, and events have been postponed or suspended to give us a glimpse of what they’re working on, share the ways we can support them right now, and tell us what the first thing they’ll do is once they’re back in the studio.

The first thing we’ll do? Close our eyes, feel the floor supporting us, and take a deep breath of gratitude.

RENTER SPOTLIGHT: Sônia Lopes Soares

“I will open the studio and move! I will be so thankful!”

Who are you?
Sônia Lopes Soares is a Brazilian, choreographer, director, and performer based in New York City. She has been working with dance, performance and theater for over 25 years.

I search for vulnerable situations and states that suspend and place me between what could be considered serious and what could be considered ridiculous, exploring fiction as an extension of reality. Concepts such as passion, wildness, gender and affection are deeply engrained and the ability to allow ourselves to channel those emotions is explored: what rituals can we perform to allow ourselves to be affected by these forces?

How can we support you right now? or at, which is the project in the video above. I am also currently fiscally sponsored by NYLA.

What is your favorite memory of working in Gibney’s studios?
The beautiful windows and the light changing in a magical way.

What are you most looking forward to about being back in the studio?
See the beautiful moving community and feeling part of it.

What is the first thing you will do when you are back in the studio?
I will open the studio and move! I will be so thankful!


Top Photo by David Gonsier.