BodyEcology is a practice centred in relationship and inclusion. Zsuzsi Soboslay is its founding practitioner. She works as a performer and director, choreographer, artist, writer and bodywork therapist across the eastern states of Australia. The practice makes contemporary some of the most ancient indigenous and shamanic principles :that everything has life and ‘language’ and deserves our consideration and respect.
Performance projects range from site-specific events to inclusive community classes, professional collaborations for the concert stage and events at national institutions such as the National Gallery of Australia, the CSIRO and the National Film and Sound Archive.
Research and Writing
Zsuzsi is currently focussing on ecology, inclusion projects, immigration history and the refugee experience. She has curated three nationally-significant museum exhibitions. Her work as a writer spans essays, playscripts, and two decades of writings on music, dance, art, theatre and performance.
The term ‘ecology’, in our daily lives, relates to how we take care of ourselves, how we caretake and relate to our landscape and each other, and whether or not we feel ‘at home’. Such thinking can make a great difference to our health and wellbeing and the choices we feel free to take in the world.
From the Blog
Zsuzsi Soboslay, with flautist extraordinaire Eliza Shephard, leads a new guided interpretation of the life of portraits in the National Portrait Gallery, NPG Spring Festival, Oct 28, 2018. “We need a different kind of language and a different emotional register if we are going to touch people…. And that’s [...]
Remembering a favourite collaboration with visual artist Annee Miron and sound artist Clive Bourne, @ CraftACT Craft and Design Centre, May 2017. Part of an exhibition of works by artists involved over 10 years of residences at Namadgi National Park Time Borrowed/Subnivien: beneath us, a world we [...]
Artwork by S.A.Adair, collaboration with dancer/theatre-maker Zsuzsi Soboslay and musician Richard Johnson, Saturday Oct 6@2pm Getting ready to perform within S.A.Adair's beautiful, moving installation work on Saturday at 2pm. Part of Contour 556, Commonwealth Place, East Space Gallery, Saturday October 6 @ 2pm.
Week Two! and we have rehearsed with our three generous musicians, Ben Drury, Richard Johnson, Jess Green and Michael Misa. Pastor Peter Kuot is deciding which of his stories of South Sudanese agricultural life to tell. School students from Marist College are coming to workshops this weekend, and our [...]
Anthems and Angels: The Compassion Plays: A performance event about longing, loss, and the resilience of people in exile. Developed from years of research in and amongst community. There will be live music, singing, dance, intercultural storytelling, and a share community feast!
So...we are about to embark on Anthems and Angels,Mark II: the Compassion Plays. The project theme is the condition of exile and the experience of refugees. The performance structure is the medieval 'passion play', which invites its audience to travel through different ‘story stations’ and interact with and help [...]
I lay in my bath, at the end of a long-road day, feeling sore and tired, glad to be held by the water. I came to an understanding that what feels restful is often not about feeling 'in retreat'. I feel the support of water across all my limbs, my [...]
A client talked about how embarrassed he had been about his recent behaviour. A trained facilitator, he was about to embark on a great Odyssee and he feared his ego had got the better of him in the last few months. "There I was, acting out..." he complained [about [...]
So, what did I observe, as I sat in the 'spectator space' as an outsider to a long, slow process of education into tradition... I watched my friend pause (cautiously, nervously, in her act of pouring tea, sweat forming on her upper lip, her eyes sliding towards her teacher, [...]
The Culture Hub is a work-in-progress with the north Canberra Dinka (South Sudanese) diaspora community. This intergenerational and intercultural project creates a ‘safe village’ environment for the Dinka to restore and maintain cultural practices. [...]
Moon Stories: The Day the World Changed! (2019) Gallerycollaborations, cross-discipilary, cross-disciplinary, ecology, educational, environmental sciences, galleries and visual arts, inclusion projects, intercultural, performance, theatre, Upcoming Events
Moon Stories: The Day the World Changed! is a project that commemorates the 50th anniversary year of the broadcast of the first Moon Walk from the Honeysuckle Creek Tracking Station, [...]
A multisensory project on the way ecosystems develop, communicate and sustain themselves. In development with the Australian National Botanic Gardens, to coincide with the opening of their new greenhouse Conservatory, part of the ANBG [...]