From a background of sculpture Sophia creates installations, sets and objects for performers and audiences to inhabit, manipulate and transform. Much of her work is participatory and interactive, collaborating with artists in dance, theatre, music, film, and with the general public.
Recent designs include: Stretch at Exeter Cathedral – Sophia Clist with Nick Burge; Parallelist – Clay Gold & Laura Moody, Aldeburgh Festival; Dreaming The Night Field – Adverse Camber The Flying Lovers of Vitebsk – Kneehigh Theatre, Bristol Old Vic; Get Happy – Told by An Idiot, Barbican; And The Horse You Rode In On – Told by An Idiot, Barbican, Brighton Festival, Drum Theatre Plymouth; Front of House designs for Sadler’s Sampled, West Side Story, Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake – Sadler’s Wells; 16 Singers – Katherine Morley, Dance Umbrella, The Egg – Theatre Royal Bath; Life Forces – Jane Mason; Grandmothers – Encounters Arts; Phenomenal People – Fuel, WOW Festival; In This Place – Pentabus Theatre. Sophia continues to show Stretch – Sophia Clist, Nick Burge, Crying Out Loud.
As Associate Artist of Theatre-Rites 1998-2007 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.
Sophia was shortlisted for the Jerwood Choreographic Research Project II in 2016.