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Sofia Kalogeropoulou

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Teaching Fellow in Dance
BPerfArts (Auckland) MDanceSt (Otago)

Tel 64 3 479 8891
Email:  sofia.kalogeropoulou@otago.ac.nz

Research Expertise

  • Dance, culture and national identity
  • Dance and gender
  • Choreographic composition
  • Performance
  • Contemporary dance and ballet techniques and repertoire
  • Dance in popular culture
  • Somatic practices

Sofia has graduated with a Masters of Dance Studies from the University of Otago and holds a Bachelor in Performing Arts with a major in dance from the University of Auckland. A certified member of the Royal Academy of Dance she has taught ballet in professional and community institutions in Greece, London UK and New Zealand. She is a graduate of the City Ballet Foundation in Auckland where she was mentored by Timothy Gordon in Contemporary Ballet and Alexander Technique, Juliet Fisher in Graham Technique and Mary Jane O'Reilly in Limbs Repertoire. Sofia was a principal dancer with Company Z in Auckland and now is a freelance choreographer.

Her research focuses on dance, culture and national identity, and dance and gender. She also explores the relationship between dance and somatic practices, in particular ballet and Alexander Technique.

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Performance Credits

Dancer in the following productions:

  • Dances about Love, Pretty Gay Productions, Playhouse Theatre, Dunedin (Nov 2011).
  • Ocean Wave by Lyne Pringle, Caroline Plummer Community Dance Fellow, Dunedin (Sept 2011).
  • House of Memories by Suzanne Cowan, Caroline Plummer Community Dance Fellow, Dunedin (July 2010).
  • Cell, Dance Lab, Dunedin Fringe Festival (Mar 2010).
  • Tertiary Colours, Dance Lab, Tempo Dance Festival, Auckland (Oct 2008).
  • Crossing Borders, Dance Lab, Fringe Festival, Dunedin (April 2008).
  • Alana Haines Fundraising Gala, Auckland (May 2007).
  • Peter and the Wolf, Mass, Fragments, and KROOF (chor. Timothy Gordon) and Love Song (chor. Mary-Jane O’Reilly), Tempo Dance Festival, Auckland (Oct 2006).
  • Blue Tango (chor. Timothy Gordon), Littleweed Festival, Kati Kati (Mar 2006).
  • TVNZ Halberg Sports Awards, Manukau (Feb 2006).
  • Star Jam Stage Show, Fundraising Gala, Manukau (May 2005).
  • Limbs Re-booted, Littleweed Festival, Kati Kati (Feb 2005).
  • Gravitations (chor. Timothy Gordon) and Ironsand, Reptile, Talking Heads, St. Matthews Passion (chor. Mary-Jane O’Reilly), University of Auckland (Nov 2004).
  • St. Matthews Passion (chor. Mary-Jane O’Reilly), Trinity Cathedral, Auckland (Apr 2003).
  • Spartacus (chor. Mary-Jane O’Reilly) with the Auckland Dance Company, Trinity Cathedral, Auckland (Dec 2002).

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Publications

Headley, J., & Kalogeropoulou, S. (2017, October). Expressing Greekness in a time of crisis: kalozoia ['good life'] versus austerity? Verbal presentation at the European Union Centres Joint Conference: Fulfilling the Vision: EU Futures? Melbourne, Australia.

Huber, R. (director), Kalogeropoulou, S. (choreographer), Fortin, M. (performer), & Roberts, M. (lighting designer) (2017, 23-24 March). The Motorway (23-24 March), based on the short story La Autopista del Sur by Julio Cortazar, Allen Hall Theatre, Dunedin, New Zealand. [Performance].

Kalogeropoulou, S. (2016). “Zorba the flashmobian”: National communities go viral. Dance Research Aotearoa, 4, 153-169. doi: 10.15663%2Fdra.v4i1.51

Kalogeropoulou, S. (2016). Greek dance, identity, and difference in a cosmopolitan Europe. Proceedings of the Congress on Research in Dance (CORD) Conference. (pp. 235-239). doi: 10.1017/cor.2016.32

Kalogeropoulou, S. (2016, November). Dancing Greekness in-between biculturalism and multiculturalism in Aotearoa/New Zealand. Verbal presentation at the Congress on Research in Dance & Society of Dance History Scholars, Claremont, USA.

Performance

Huber, R. (director), Kalogeropoulou, S. (choreographer), Fortin, M. (performer), & Roberts, M. (lighting designer) (2017, 23-24 March). The Motorway (23-24 March), based on the short story La Autopista del Sur by Julio Cortazar, Allen Hall Theatre, Dunedin, New Zealand. [Performance].

Huber, R. (director), & Kalogeropoulou, S. (choreographer) (2016, 28-29 April). Carrion Flower, written by David Howard, Allen Hall Theatre, Dunedin, New Zealand. [Performance].

Huber, R. (writer, director), Shaw Bennett, N. (recorded voice), Cattermole, J. (performer), Roberts, M. (lighting design), Kalogeropoulou, S. (choreographer), Huber, F. (music), & Powell-Moore, P. (music, recorded sounds) (2016, 15-16 September). Meat/Love/Die, Allen Hall Theatre, Dunedin, New Zealand. [Performance].

Cattermole, J. (Taonga pūoro), Kalogeropoulou, S. (choreographer), & Huber, R. (director) (2016, 13 July). Department of Music Showcase Series: World Music Concert I: Aotearoa & Java, with the Gamelan, Marama Hall, Dunedin, New Zealand. [Performance].

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Journal - Research Article

Kalogeropoulou, S. (2016). “Zorba the flashmobian”: National communities go viral. Dance Research Aotearoa, 4, 153-169. doi: 10.15663%2Fdra.v4i1.51

Kalogeropoulou, S. (2013). Greek dance and everyday nationalism in contemporary Greece. Dance Research Aotearoa, 1(1), 55-74. doi: 10.15663%2Fdra.v1i1.6

Kolb, A., & Kalogeropoulou, S. (2012). In defence of ballet: Women, agency and the philosophy of pleasure. Dance Research, 30(2), 107-125. doi: 10.3366/drs.2012.0042

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Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Full paper

Kalogeropoulou, S. (2016). Greek dance, identity, and difference in a cosmopolitan Europe. Proceedings of the Congress on Research in Dance (CORD) Conference. (pp. 235-239). doi: 10.1017/cor.2016.32

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Conference Contribution - Verbal presentation and other Conference outputs

Headley, J., & Kalogeropoulou, S. (2017, October). Expressing Greekness in a time of crisis: kalozoia ['good life'] versus austerity? Verbal presentation at the European Union Centres Joint Conference: Fulfilling the Vision: EU Futures? Melbourne, Australia.

Kalogeropoulou, S. (2016, November). Dancing Greekness in-between biculturalism and multiculturalism in Aotearoa/New Zealand. Verbal presentation at the Congress on Research in Dance & Society of Dance History Scholars, Claremont, USA.

Kalogeropoulou, S. (2016, April). 'Zorba the Flashmobian': National communities go viral. Verbal presentation at the Ritual and Cultural Performance Hui and Symposium, Dunedin, New Zealand.

Kalogeropoulou, S. (2015, November). "Zorba the Flashmobian": National communities go viral. Verbal presentation at the International Conference on Community Dance: Moving Communities, Dunedin, New Zealand.

Headley, J., & Kalogeropoulou, S. (2014, June). Expressing Greekness in a time of crisis: 'Kalozoia' versus austerity? Verbal presentation at the 10th Central and East European International Studies Association (CEEISA) Convention, Cluj-Napoca, Romania.

Kalogeropoulou, S. (2013, February). Thinking and sensing: A case study of ballet as a somatic practice. Verbal presentation at the Institute for Yoga, Dance and Movement Studies Symposium: Eastwest Somatics, Dunedin, New Zealand.

Kalogeropoulou, S. (2010, June). Dancing nationalism in the Balkans. Verbal presentation at the International Dance Symposium: Dancing Across the Disciplines, Dunedin, New Zealand.

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Awarded Masters Degree

Kalogeropoulou, S. (2013). Dancing Greekness: Folk dance and national identity in Greece (MDanceSt). University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/10523/4474

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