Interview: Sofia Nappi
Luca Curci talks with Sofia Nappi during ANIMA MUNDI FESTIVAL 2019 – VISIONS at Palazzo Ca’ Zanardi
Sofia is an Italian choreographer and dancer based between Italy and Tel Aviv. She is the artistic director and founder of Komorebi Collab, whose very first creation was the 3rd prize winner at the Netherlands Choreography Competition 2018 and was featured in the Italian national newspaper IL Secolo XIX. Sofia was also resident choreographer at Nimbus Dance Works in the US and her work was invited to be performed in the New York City area throughout October and November 2018. Sofia was also resident choreographer at The Eco Art Village (Israel), house of Vertigo Dance Company, and at Choreographisches Centrum Heidelberg for 4 weeks for the creation of “Wabi-Sabi” as full evening length show. Most recently Sofia was selected as young choreographer at La Biennale Di Venezia 2019 (Italy) and presented work at Festivals in Rome and Venice. Sofia was born in Florence (Italy) and first started dancing at Centro Studi Danza in Chiavari as a hobby, aside from her strong intellectual interests, her 11 years of classical piano training and competition swimming. At the age of 17 she moved to Vancouver (Canada) for one year as a young international student where she danced alongside Byrne Creek Dance Group under the direction of Shannon Tirling, obtaining a special Honor in Choreography. Sofia then decided to embrace dance and continued her professional training in New York (USA) and graduated from The Ailey School in 2017. Sofia has always had a strong passion for movement creation: her choreographic works were specifically selected to be showcased two years in a row at the Ailey Citigroup Theater. She was also recipient of a choreographic residency and showcase at the San Francisco Scottish Rite Auditorium . Sofia broaden her dance background by participating in programs and projects all around the world such as San Francisco Conservatory of Dance Intensive in Forsythe Improvisational Techniques, Gaga Intensives in Tel Aviv, (Israel) and in Italy, b12 performance projects in Berlin (Germany) Hofesh Shechter Company Intensives in Italy and abroad and many more. Sofia performed works by international acclaimed artists such as: Maxine Doyle (Punchdrunk), Alessio Silvestrin (William Forsythe), Alex Ketley (The Foundry), Jon Ole Olstad (NDT and Ohad Naharin), Brice Mousset (Oui Dans), Alvin Ailey, Earl Mosley, Clifton Brown, Sidra Bell, Netta Yerushalmy, Juel D. Lane, Robert Moses, as well as her own works.
Luca Curci – What is art for you?
Sofia Nappi – Art is all around us every day: in the nature and man-made elements that make up our reality. It’s anything that generates and inspires for progress, opposing need for violence and destruction.
LC – What are you currently working on?
SN – I am working in finding honesty, rawness, simplicity and depth of my art craft.
LC – What is your creative process like?
SN – It changes everytime. Music, a strong emotion connected to a thought or a concept, a need to convey a message and letting go into structured improvisation are the engines for my creative process.
LC – Are your artworks focused on a specific theme?
SN – No, but they all share the same honest research and strong intention.
LC – How is being an artist nowadays?
SN – It’s like being a honeybee struggling to find your little spot in the beehive and then realizing you still enjoy the freedom of not finding a place to settle. The struggle keeps you alive, that’s why you make art.
LC – Do you agree with our vision of art and what do you think about the theme of the festival?
SN – I think it’s a nice opportunity to blend art works from all over the world and create a multidisciplinary exposition. And yes, I do agree that art is the soul of the world – from the name of “Anima Mundi” exposition.
LC – In which way the artwork presented in our exhibition is connected with the festival’s theme?
SN – My performance “Nahar” explores the human stream of consciousness which often manifests itself through “Visions”, as the section of Anima Mundi Festival takes its name from.
LC – What is your idea about ITSLIQUID GROUP?
SN – It’s a creative organization with a good purpose to expose art works from all over the world.