Squared

A short tale about the simplicity of complicated mathematical concepts and the complexity of a simple geometrical shape, narrated by the most abstract aspect of the human body. Can a shadow be as accurate as an equation and as expressive as a feeling?

  • Sofia Kondylia
    Director
  • Sofia Kondylia
    Producer
  • Antari Loops
    Music
  • Presh Talkawar
    Voices
    “The quadratic formula: an intuitive explanation”
  • Ben Weiss
    Voices
    “Fractals: a world in a grain of sand”, Tedx Talks, Venice
  • Sofia Kondylia
    Cinematography, costume, and lights
  • Sofia Kondylia
    Choreography, Dance, and Editing
  • Fenia Kotsopoulou
    Special Thanks
  • Eleni Mloukie
    Special Thanks
  • Project Type:
    Experimental, Short
  • Genres:
    Dance, Video art
  • Runtime:
    10 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    April 19, 2020
  • Country of Origin:
    Greece
  • Country of Filming:
    Netherlands
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    Yes
  • Student Project:
    No
  • FLICKFAIR festival
    Los Angeles, California
    United States
    June 1, 2020
    Finalist
  • BUEIFF Channel
    Buenos Aires, Argentina
    United States
    August 2, 2020
    Official Selection
  • Scotland’s Festival of Dance on Screen
    Aberdeen
    United Kingdom
    March 11, 2021
    Artist Presentations
  • 11th Athens Video Dance Project
    Athens
    Greece
    December 18, 2020
    Official Selection
Director Biography - Sofia Kondylia

Sofia Kondylia is a double-disciplined, awarded choreographer, performer and artistic researcher, who has been presenting research and performance work since 2015. She holds an MA in Performance Practices from ArtEZ University of the Arts, Arnhem, The Netherlands (2020) and an MA in Architectural Engineering from National Technical University of Athens (2012), as well as a BA in Dance and Dance Pedagogy from Rallou Manou Higher Professional Dance School, Athens, Greece (2014).

Since 2015, she has been exploring a creative interchange between the practices of architecture and choreography through conducting practice-based research and performance art projects. Both of her two research projects, “Architecture + Dance” (2011-2017) and “Performing Geometries” (2018-ongoing) have so far resulted in various performances (e.g. “The Square”/2020, “BodIS”/2019, “Asleep”/2018, “Sympraxis”/2017, “Human Constructions”/2016-2017, “Between Me”/2015), screendance works (“The Square”/2020, “Squared”/2020), original dance/architecture performance practices shared through her “Architecture + Dance” choreography and performance workshop, as well as in a release-based dance and improvisation practice of space shared through her “Spatial Flow” class and workshops. She has also presented an original way of documenting her dance practice (“Pictographic Glyphs”/ 2020) in "Performing Geometries: The Square" research.

Her work has been awarded governmental, as well as private funding, as well as international awards (2020, "The Square"-Special Mention / 2016, "Human Constructions" - International Distinction from Greek Contemporary Dance Platform). She has received numerous artistic residencies (e.g. Citymoves/UK, PAF/FR, Megaron/GR, Duncan Dance Centre/GR, Hydra Animart 2019/GR, Egomio Cultural Centre/CY), toured her work at international festivals (Scotland, Greece, Cyprus, Sweden, The Netherlands, California, Argentina) and given lectures in international conferences (Italy, Greece). She has been constantly teaching since 2014 in Greece and currently in Scotland.
She has been linking and expanding on her two practices – dance and architecture – through the dramaturgical use of geometry in choreography and other performing arts. Both of her two research projects, “Architecture + Dance” (2011-2017) and “Performing Geometries” (2018-ongoing) have so far resulted in various performances (e.g. “The Square”/2020, “BodIS”/2019, “Asleep”/2018, “Sympraxis”/2017, “Human Constructions”/2016-2017, “Between Me”/2015), experimental screendance work (“The Square”/2020, “Squared”/2020), original dance and compositional practices (e.g. “Spatial Flow”, “Architecture + Dance”), as well as in numerous release/improvisation, research/choreography/performance and pedagogical workshops (“Spatial Flow”, “Architecture + Dance”, “Creative Movement”). Moreover, she has generated an original way of documenting her dances (“Pictographic Glyphs”/2020).

Her work has been awarded governmental and private funding from Greece, as well as an international distinction for “Human Constructions” at Greek Contemporary Dance Platform in 2016. She has been awarded with artistic residencies in Europe (e.g. PAF/France, Megaron, Duncan Dance Centre, Animart 2019/Greece, Egomio Cultural Centre/Cyprus), toured with her work through presenting it at international festivals (Scotland, Greece, Cyprus, Sweden, The Netherlands, California, Argentina) and at international conferences (Italy, Greece). She has been constantly teaching since 2014 in Greece and currently in Scotland.

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Director Statement

"I am a choreographer interested in the emotional and dramaturgical qualities of creating space through body movement. My work stems from the actualization of a simple truth: that movement creates space. My double-disciplined background, as a dancer and architect, expands my work on the versatile intersections between dance and architecture through artistic research, dance, performance, physical theater and screendance work. I aim in creating spaces where the body is simultaneously realized as mind, and vice versa, during and through the dancing praxis, provoking thinking shift and change."