Core Member

Sophia Wang

Sophia Wang is a founding member of the Brontez Purnell Dance Company who has been performing in the Bay Area since 2010. She has presented her choreographed works at Oakland’s Lobot Gallery, the Berkeley Art Museum, San Francisco’s ATA Gallery and the Lab, and at the Bay Area Public School. In 2013, Sophia and Oakland-based artist tooth (Black Hole Cinematheque) created a dance film entitled a turn in air in collaboration with poet Bernadette Mayer, which debuted at the Lab and has since been screened at the St. Marks Poetry Project in New York. She has danced for artist-choreographers Xandra Ibarra and Hentyle Yapp, Amara Tabor-Smith, (“He Moved Swiftly But Gently Down the Not Too Crowded Street: Ed Mock and Other True Tales of a City That Once Was,” 2013), Tino Sehgal (“instead of allowing some thing to rise up to your face dancing bruce and dan and other things,” 2013) and Jérôme Bel (“The Show Must Go On,” 2013). Along with dancers Christine Bonansea, Phoebe Osborne, and Rosemary Hannon, she creates collaborative sound and movement scores with Bay Area musicians including Tom Djil, Jacob Felix Heule, Suki O’Kane, and Kanoko Nishi. Currently, she is creating on a collaborative sculptural and movement work with Lisa Rybovich-Cralle. She holds a PhD in Literature from UC Berkeley, specializing in modern and contemporary experimental American poetry.