author: Sofia Seta

Sofia Seta

About Sofia Seta

Sofia Seta is a contemporary and hip hop dancer, teacher, and choreographer born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and based in Berlin since 2018. As a dancer, she has studied with various teachers such as Peter Jasko (ESL), Eva Georgitsopoulou (GRE), Jesús Guiraldi (ARG), David Zambrano (VNZ), a.o. She finished a two-year career as an interpreter and choreographer of urban dances at the Dance&Move school in Buenos Aires. She worked as a performer with the theatre dance company Breaking Tango, directed by Ricardo Arauz, and is co-founder and choreographer of an independent dance project called Muta working around feminism and work exploitation, that was performed in several dance festivals. She presented her work Migrants and Transition in Marameo, Let me In Festival, Expedition Metropolis, and Paul Studios Series. In 2020 she joined a self-organized collective, Chaos Emblematic directed by Britt Angus. In the last years, she has focused on improvisation technique, exploring and developing ways to combine urban and contemporary dance, different approaches to relate to music, space, body, and impulses, collaborating with musicians, movers, and readers.

B A S E M E N T S E S S I O N

this is a video of one folder i have under the name “basement sessions”

i used to live in a hause project which had a basement

where you could dance or do whatever you like

most of the times i found myself there alone

playing my favourite songs

fighting with anxiety, feelings, negative thoughts

the only premise of those sessions were: get your monsters out –

 

it is a raw video – without editing – hope you enjoy till the end

IMPROVISATION TASK

what if i were dancing in the APOCALIPSIS?

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is the end of the world

our last dance together

IMPROVISATION & STORYTELLING 

Who are you?

What are you made of?

What are you afraid of?

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I once used these questions as an improvisation exercise in one of my classes.

I set up two groups, I faced them and one group watched while the other one

moved and then we switched.

They answered each question without speaking, just putting their bodies, hearts,

memories, emotions to dance.

I played some songs that I really like while they were improvising.

This exchange was one of the most beautiful experiences I have ever had teaching a class.

They were all dancers without much dance experience. Their movements started from a shy,

honest and impulsive place. Free from any pre-existing dance form. Each one telling their story,

getting emotional, inspiring and encouraging each other.

During the exercise, there were tears, openness and the space we shared was energetically

transformed.

I thanked them for having the courage to share their stories so vividly and ended the class.

On the way home I replayed images from the class over and over again. I wondered:

What is the purpose of dance? Why do I dance? Why do I teach? I answered myself:

I dance to treasure moments like today. May the evanescence of dance be imprinted

in my memory and may I remember moments like today.

NOTES ABOUT SILENCE

the silence becomes dense and drowns

when I want to speak loud

but I can’t

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the silence intimidates me

when I can’t find the right words

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the silence fights me

confronts me

with my loneliness

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the silence makes me breath deeply

takes me to a space of

thoughts and memories

that scares me 

.

when I manage

to overcome

the fear

the silence 

becomes

an underwater sensation

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