CHOREOGRAPHER | MOVEMENT DIRECTOR | CREATOR
Sophie has created works in dance, theatre, circus and film. Her work ranges from musical theatre to drama, circus to film, but all in her contemporary style with comedy, physicallity and strong imagary.
SI LINISTEA ARE PULS
TEATRU ANDRE MURESANU, SFANTU GHEORGHE, ROMANIA
“A show to be talked about and which I recommend to any spectator willing to play theatrical experiment “
“The show runs in the dictated cadence not only of music but also by the choreography of Sophie Duncan.”
The is adaptation of the play, ‘Even Stillness Breathes Softly Against A Brick Wall’ by Brad Birch, follows 3 young couples facing the monotony of their day to day existance almost entirely narrated by themselves. The slow build up of tention, love, lust and life acts as a great reflection on to modern society and cubical working lives which eventually leads to their meltdown.
Orginally created for just 2 actors, this forth collaboration with Director Horia Suru pushed the idea of the forth wall physically and technically with carefully choreographed movements in space in which actors move through a house with their sound travelling with them. The immersive concept of the show asks the audience to move and travel freely in the space, choosing which character they prefer to watch.
Premiered: 7th March, 2019
Teatru Toma Caragiu, Ploiest, Romania
Although it is the fifth collaboration with Director Horia Suru, this is the first show created for the Revista Theatre - the Romanian equivalent of cabaret / variety style performance. The show will feature dancers, actors and singers in the well respected Teatru Toma Caragiu, in Ploiesti, around 40minutes from the National Capital, Bucuresti. The original concept follows the story of a group of artists, auditioning for a new production due to premier in China. Each artist has their moment in the spotlight, causing catty squabbles, one-upmanship and comedy throughout. With a score of adapted, well known music including funk, folk, swing and pop, played by the theatre’s resident live band, the show aims to revive the Revista style to a modern day audience.
Direction: Horia Suru
Set Design: Romulus Boicu
Written by: Daniel Chirilla
Musical Arrangement: Petre Ancuta
Teatru Municipal Bacovia, Bacau, Romania
Based on the Greek legend of Zeus' rape of Alcmene, wife of Amphitryon, illustrates that neither the wiles of men nor the caprices of gods are effective against the constancy of devotion of a wife (Alkmena.) Jupiter attempts to rape Alkmena but discovers he must reckon with a woman far too intelligent to be led astray by passion.
Shows: Monthly Audience Per Show: 230 Cast: 6 Actors, 3 Dancers
Role: Choreographer / Movement Director
Director: Horia Suru
Set Design: Cristian Marin
Original Script: Jean Giraudoux
ROLE: CHOREOGRAPHER, FEBRUARY 2016
WINNER: Best Show @ National Theatre Bucharest's Teen Fest 2017
COLUMBINUS is the true story of the events that took place at Columbine High School on the 20th April 1999. Two young men, Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold, both months from graduation, shot and killed 12 students and 1 teacher, and injuring 21 others during the rampage. In addition to the shootings, the complex and highly planned attack involveding diversions , bombs set in numerous locations and a multitude. After the massacre, the pair committed suicide.
The show is currently playing monthly at Teatru Municipal Baia Mare, the show features real footage from Eric and Dylan, CCTV from the school, news broadcasts and 991 recordings.
Shows: monthly Audience per show: 250 Cast: 8 Actors
ROLE: DIRECTOR / CHOREOGRAPHER, JULY / =AUGUST 2015
Loddo was a hugely successful charity event featuring 12 acts including dance, acrobatics, banqin, contortion, aerial hoop, juggling, singing and live music. Sophie created several pieces in the show, footage of which you can see on the SHORT WORKS page. She also directed the show and organised a variety of ways to help raise money for The Samaritians Hong Kong, after the unfortuate death of a colleague. All the pieces in the show were performed by current cast members of The House Of Dancing Water, and over 50 crew and helped with the running of this fabulous event. By the end of the evening, over 35,000HKD (£3100) was raised and thanks to its huge success, it it due to be repeated again this coming summer, by a new team of House Of Dancing Water employees.
Shows: 1 Audience: 200 Cast: 24
ROLE: ASSISTANT CHOREOGRAPHER, APRIL / MAY 2012
"Epidemic was a new musical which focused on the unreported epidemics that affect our communities; rising obesity levels, the taboo subject of mental health and the availability of information. With a diverse volunteer company made up of 43 performers, a choir of 62, five musicians, and a further 71 people volunteering backstage, Epidemic opened to the public at The Old Vic Tunnels to a total audience of over 1,600 people." - oldvictheatre.com
Shows: 14 Audience: 1600+ Cast: 43 artists, 62 choir, 5 musicians
ROLE: DANCER / CHOREOGRAPHER, SPRING 2012
See the full piece here.
UNSOUND was adapted from Hunter S. Thompson's 1972 novel "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas", with some inspiration from the 1998 film. This physical theatre piece was written, created and performed by Sophie Duncan, in collaboration with set designer Tom Blakey, to be performed for one night only at The Place's annual choreographic platform for new choreographer's Resoultions!.
Shows performed: 1 Audience: 100+ Cast: 1
DOMNULUI PROFESOR, CU DRAGOSTE
(TO SIR, WITH LOVE)
ROLE: CHOREOGRAPHER, SPRING/AUTUMN 2011
Based on the 1969 film, 'To Sir, With Love', this Romanian adaptation of the classic tell the story of a classroom of delinquent teens, of whom everyone has given up on. Until, Mark Thakery, an engineer, comes as a supply teacher and changes everything. The show is gritty, rough at the edges and is the epitome of the harsh lower-class reality of post-war East London.
Shows: 78 Audience: 8000+ Cast: 24