Sofia Figueiredo is a UK based performance artist, originally from Portugal.
Co founder of award winning international transdisciplinary performance company ‘Circolando’ in 1999.
Her aim has always been to perform outdoors for the whole community. She sees participation as the act of collectively creating a shared place and identity. She presents site-responsive structured improvisation, in the intersection of dance theatre, objects, aerial dance and visual arts. She also appears as ‘Rockinghorse’ since 2014, duetting Cos Chapman, an electroacoustic musician and improviser. In Portugal, she did inclusive participatory outdoor performance art work.
At ‘Circolando’ she was co-creator and interpreter of award-winning outdoor shows, touring widely festivals in Portugal, Spain, France, Belgium, Holland, Germany, Austria, Slovenia, the UK and South Korea.
“I believe that Sofia Figueiredo is a most generous and original artist. Her performance style is intuitive, raw and compelling. She does not come from a particular ‘school’, ‘method’ or ‘style’. Perhaps this is what makes her performances unique.”
‘In the moment of the improvisation, objects and self are being assembled in sculpture, dance and theatre. The theatre of the inner and the outer universes, bridged in a composition of meanings that arise in that particular shared moment of time and space. With the intention to respond only to what is already in there, each choice is subject to the interrelations between the self, a few special selected objects, the audience and the environment.’ Sofia Figueiredo 2020