Sónia Baptista


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Sónia Baptista was born in Lisbon in 1973.
She finished the Contemporary Performers Course of Fórum Dança in 2000. Her training was complemented in numerous workshops of dance, music, theatre and video. As performer and co-creator she collaborated with various artists, amongst them Laurent Goldring, Patrícia Portela, Aldara Bizarro, Vera Mantero and Thomas Lehmann.
In 2001 she received the Ribeiro da Fonte Award for best newcomer in the Dance Field bestowed by the Portuguese Ministry of Culture for "Haikus" (her first piece), a series of short solos that were officially premiered at the Danças na Cidade Festival in 2002. In that same year she was granted an artistic scholarship by the Centro Nacional de Cultura.
In 2003 she created the solo diptych "Icebox Fly. Winter Kick" (Festival A8). In 2006 she created "Subwoofer", a video-musical extravaganza premiered at the Alkantara Festival. Her piece "Vice-Royale. Vain-Royale. Vile-Royale" premiered in February 2009 at the Culturgest, Lisbon. The same year she presented her first children's piece, "Um Capucho, Dois Lobos e Um Porco vezes Três" at Teatro do Campo Alegre, Porto.
Haikai, 2011, premiéred at Theatro Circo, Braga. In the same year she presented her second children's piece, "Alva 7.0" at ZDB-Negócio, Lisbon and the video/performance "Peaufine", both in collaboration Helena Nogueira Silva, at the Festival Temps d'Images, Galeria Graça Brandão, Lisbon. "Tempus Fugit is her latest work, a co-creation with the film director Cláudia Varejão.
Her texts have been published in the book “Ideias Perigosas para
Portugal”, Ed. Tinta da China and in “Revista Inútil” nº 3, and nº 4, Lisbon, Portugal (2010-2012).
She has continued to create short solo pieces as well as developing numerous and various projects. Sónia Baptista’s work has been presented in Portugal, France, Denmark, Germany, Switzerland, Belgium, Croatia, Austria, Spain, Italy, United Kingdom, Russia, Tunisia and Brazil.