Purl – Sophia Clist, Greenaway, Devon Open Studios

From a background of sculpture Sophia creates installations, sets and objects for audiences and performers to inhabit, manipulate and transform. Much of her work is participatory and interactive, collaborating with the general public and with artists in theatre, dance and music.

Recent work includes: Would You Bet Against Us? – Told by an Idiot; Birmingham Rep; Space to Be – Oily Cart; A Crash Course in Cloudspotting – Raquel Meseguer Zafe; Mayfest, Coventry City of Culture 2021, Camden Alive; MAYK, Unlimited; Purl – Festival of St Thomas Stories – Theatre Alibi; Hands Full Ensemble – Sophia Clist and company; Lizzie Humber, Mothers Who Make; Hands Full – Sophia Clist; Thelma Hulbert Gallery, Theatre Absolute; All You Need Is LSD – Told by an Idiot, Birmingham Rep:  The Paper Man – Improbable Theatre, Norfolk & Norwich Festival; Journey to the Impossible – Little Soldier Productions, The Bike Shed Theatre; Get Happy – Told by an Idiot, Barbican; The Flying Lovers of Vitebsk – Kneehigh Theatre, Bristol Old Vic; Parallelist – Clay Gold & Laura Moody, Aldeburgh Festival; Stretch – Sophia Clist with Nick Burge, Exeter Cathedral, Art Week Exeter; And The Horse You Rode In On – Told by an Idiot, Barbican, Brighton Festival, The Drum – Theatre Royal Plymouth; 16 Singers – Katherine Morley, Dance Umbrella, The Egg – Theatre Royal Bath; Dreaming The Night Field – Adverse Camber; Life Forces – Jane Mason with Phil Smith; Grandmothers – Encounters Arts; Phenomenal People – Fuel, WOW Festival; In This Place – Pentabus Theatre.

As Associate Artist of Theatre-Rites 1997-2007 Sophia designed many touring and site-specific shows for young audiences produced nationally and internationally. In 2007 she co-created the company’s award winning dance theatre production Mischief with Arthur Pita, commissioned by Sadler’s Wells & Dance Touring Partnership.

Carol Tambor Best of Edinburgh Award 2017 – The Flying Lovers of Vitebsk, Kneehigh Theatre
TMA Awards 2008 – Achievement in Dance – Mischief, Theatre-Rites & Arthur Pita
Sophia was shortlisted for the Jerwood Choreographic Research Project II 2016