Painting, Printmaking, Video, Sculpture, Installation, Performance, Dance, Theater, Other
Sophie Wood is a clown, poet, dancer, director, piñata maker and farmer. Born and raised in Vermont, she graduated from Hampshire College with a degree in "theatre for social change with an emphasis on agricultural politics." She is the co-director of The Royal Frog Ballet, a collaborative performance collective, and co-director of Get Thee To The Funnery Summer Shakespeare Program in Chelsea, Vermont. She enjoys gardening, sequins, and feels like a genius when wielding a staple gun.
She is currently organizing the 2nd Annual Surrealist Cabaret for October.
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THE ROYAL FROG BALLET is an amoeba of collaborators, a producing body, a shouting household of households, and an aspiring dance team in search of parade. They create performance and installation art for community gatherings. They use the seasons as the spine of their year to celebrate, commemorate, speculate, pause and leap.
The Royal Frog Ballet consists of a few stumps in a semi-circle. Carved into bodies with legs that aspire to make great leaps. With a little cornstarch and and empty (empty!) grocery bag they make big faces of shellac. Then they howl into spoon craters practically for fun. Their breath is that of applesauce steam, say some, or dust behind a train, said one. They make music using medicinal cabinets that were in the houses they've left behind. They build birds just for singing to and swinging at. Their timing is impeccable through the slow down and speed up of time. They like to use their feet as stages, and their brains as lights. Their faces can be drawnback like curtains to reveal the possibility you incite and require of them. They don't care if they are real people or not, sometimes. Their shadows follow them but so do their dreams. They prefer to see the manifestation of imagination of possibility in a possible world. They see too, that there are certain things to be addressed and so in their way will contribute to this conversation. The RFB is committed to the creative manifestation of ideas and issues, of celebrating and festivizing, beginning locally and expanding outwards. With their understanding of the importance of collaborative work, their direction devices insistently point off the 'map of repetitive routes' and yet they hope to arrive at the places where the people are.