Moulin Rouge and the Mini playback Show
I meet the 29 year old Sophia Hörmann in her living room while her Sunday afternoon playlist is playing in the background. Sophia is a contemporary dancer, performer and choreographer based in Vienna, Austria. She has been part of many great productions and just finished a short movie, let’s get to know her a little bit.
She tells me: “Since I finished my studies in contemporary dance and dance pedagogics (MUK Vienna) I mainly work on my own projects. After realizing my first dance performances, developing solo works, shooting my first dance-short film, participating in a dance collective and interdisciplinary co-operations with Parallel Vienna (A Contemporary Art Exhibition) and other, I decided to dive into more unknown territory in field of dance, performance and visual art.”
Let’s start at the beginning, how does someone become a professional dancer? Sophia: “My first encounter with dance happened at the age of five when I entered my first ballet class. Also in school I was the one who developed choreographies for different school musicals.” She smiles when she tells us: When I was 13 I started to have my own dance group with some friends and with our legendary “Lady Marmelade” (Moulin Rouge red.) dance interpretation we won the first price in our Miniplayback Show. From that moment on it was clear to me that to dance and perform is not only a pleasure for myself but can also affect other people.”
And what are you currently working on? Sophia tells us: “At this moment I find myself more in the process of creating and developing ideas than interpreting. I think the aesthetic in my work is a very pure, abstract and reduced one. I´m fascinated in details, minimalism and simplicity. This year I have the honor to have a great choreographer (Doris Uhlich) behind me who is mentoring my projects. I am really actually working on my first long piece. “
And you also made a short film? Sophia: “I made the short movie “Endstation Seestadt” I am preparing a screening night including a dance installation. I call the evening “My Pony Is Over The Ocean” and it will take place on 30th of March in an empty office building in Seestadt – which is a newly build suburb of the city of Vienna.”