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biography

Sonja Heller is a multidisciplinary artist, writer, performer and butoh teacher from Germany.
Being educated since her childhood in ballet and classical music (piano, guitar), her explorative
spirit brought her later to classes of german expressionist and butoh dance. She started to get
interested in fine arts and graduated from acting school in Berlin. Her most influential teachers
were Fe Reichelt, Minako Seki, Atsushi Takenouchi, Valeri Biltschenko and Ko Murobushi.


Since 2007 she concentrated on dance theatre and worked in Latin America, Europe, the Baltic States,
Russia and Iceland. 2011 she was part of the exam committee for contemporary dance at Universidad
Mayor in Santiago de Chile, she was a guest teacher at the Dance Academy in Lithuania, she gave lectures
about Butoh at the Museum of Modern Art in Moscow, where she also created several performances with
Poema Theatre and collaborated with the dance company Raven Arts in Reykjavik. In the meantime she
never stopped to educate herself in workshops for Video Mapping, Electronic DIY Music, Contemporary Dance,
Shiatsu and much more.

In the last years she displayed different ways to generate dance and sound simultaneously through
collaborations with composer and actor Leo Solter as well as
misconstructionist artist Adrian Shephard
aliasĀ Testcard. 2015 she had her first solo exhibition with her mixed-media-works at Uferstudios in Berlin
and her short films were presented at various festivals. While the sounding research for dance still continues,
she also focuses in her newest creations again on physical theatre and the pure expressions of the body.

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