In My Nature, Sophia Rodríguez improvises and dances with a huge soft sculpture The Swelf by Marijs Boulogne. Be prepared for unforgettable beauty, hilarious comedy and surprising shape shifting, while she balances onto the highest sport on the ladder of consciousness – in an improvisation. This direct and spontaneous show resolves any inhibitions with simple humour and wit.
Beyond language borders, Sophia's performance opens up the realms of the universal language of spontaneous emotions, which are the same for all people. Although the sculpture is 10 meters bigger than Sophia, she expands herself and turns her body into the biggest artwork in the room.
This new comedy embodies the tension between the social relationships, boundaries and the need to belong, common to all human beings. By letting herself become truly open, she allows us to connect with our own nature. She spontaneously invites everyone to come along in search for the deepest sound in her body that resonates with energy, she hums in different tones to find this inner vibration of connection and accord. While being her natural confident self, led by her intuition, she playfully gets the public unnerved and makes us love her as she is. All inhibitions dissolve as she lifts herself up into The Swelf, where a beautiful dance unravels between its folds. Without complexes, she continues to make jokes as she digs deeper to locate the source of self. The discovery of the clitoris, the neurologic antenna of femininity, wires her into a total spin out of control, here comes to show her vulnerability, that is also part of her absolute strength.
Whenever Sophia desires, Marijs Boulogne assists her on and off stage, performative or dramaturgically.
Sophia Rodríguez is a Venezuelan performer, currently living and working in Brussels. In 2000, she got her Bachelor's degree in Physical Theatre at Educational Program of the National Theatre of Venezuela. In 2003, she attended one year-long study in tightrope at National Circus School in Cuba and in 2008 she got her diploma in Dance/Performance at the University of Experimental Arts (UNEARTE) in Venezuela. In 2010, she was invited to participate in the project “50 days in Costa Rica” with David Zambrano, since then she has been teaching contemporary dance technique "Flying Low" and "Passing Through” around the world. In 2014, she got her Master’s degree in Physical Theatre. Since 2006, she has created several performances, either solo works or in collaboration with different artists, such as Ines Rojas, Nene Raul Vargas, Thomas Proksch, Ivo Dimchev, Micha Goldberg Inter Alias. She has worked with different choreographers, such as David Zambrano (VE/NL), Osmany Tellez (NY), Ayelen Parolin (BE), and currently, she is touring with a new dance performance by Koen Agustijnen and Rosalba Torres Guerrero, called “(B)”.
Performance and text: Sophia Rodríguez
Set design: Marijs Boulogne
Photos: Ilse Vanroy
Production: Buelens Paulina bzw
Organised by: Emanat
In collaboration with: Bunker/Old City Power Plant
Financial support: Ministry of Culture of RS, Municipality of Ljubljana – Department for Culture and Flanders Department of Culture, Youth and Media