Sonia is a mature dancer, photographer and filmmaker. She trained in Classical Ballet and Contemporary Dance extensively in London, UK. Her PhD research at QCA, Griffith University, Ageism and the Mature Dancer; examines the role of dancers who extend beyond the paradigm of age, and the contribution that they make to current dialogue and practice within the field of dance. The primary research has gathered qualitative data via a questionnaire from mature dancers across the globe that addresses ageing, physicality, and process in the dance world they inhabit.
The creative output for the PhD is composed of 10+ films under the umbrella of Inappropriate Behaviour.
These visual documentations celebrate the mature dancers corporeal difference and how their practice rather than their age defines them. Eight mature professional dancers, four from London UK and four from Sydney Australia were asked to view a video of Sonia’s dance motif and instructed to re-interpret, the choreography. Each dancer was filmed independently, forming 8 solos films and from this the responses were edited again to produce the final film: Interprete/ Inappropriate Behaviour - creating an embodied dialogue of movement. Each of the 8 dancers’ interpretations can be viewed on Sonia’s website
Ageism and the mature dancer