About Zsuzsanna Soboslay

Zsuzsi Soboslay has a practice in writing, theater, dance, and community cultural development. She specialises in collaborative work across disciplines and has a special interest in the stories of immigrants and refugees, as well as experience of place. She has received numerous awards and residences, initiates collaborations with musicians and visual artists, and has a special ability to bring out the best in people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities. She was recipient of the ACT Multicultural Award for Outstanding Excellence in the area of ‘Creative Services and Experiences for the Community through Art, Media or Culture,’ 2018.

“Let’s Act Out”

By | 2017-10-19T17:55:59+00:00 February 22nd, 2014|clinical practice, homepage, philosophy & ethics|

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 himself]. I promised him I [...]

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equivalence (finale)

By | 2017-10-19T17:58:14+00:00 February 22nd, 2014|homepage, philosophy & ethics|

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, asking all at once for [...]

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revisiting ‘equivalence”

By | 2017-10-19T18:01:31+00:00 December 15th, 2013|homepage, philosophy & ethics, Uncategorized|

I visited Japan in 1996. I experienced a country of delicacy and madness, an intersection of 'old' and 'new' time, Crowds swarmed through crowded train stations; suited commuters seemed shamed by the 'floating world' of tramps and kicked them as they passed. Chain-smoking was popular but so too were small packages of pickles bought [...]

receptivity, and vulnerable authority

By | 2017-10-19T18:07:19+00:00 November 11th, 2013|bodysongs, homepage, philosophy & ethics|

I perceive the body as a microcosm of all this. I believe the body’s polyrhythm [complex of rhythms] is a key to health, to flow. I hear the rhythms of the internal body as a kind of orchestra. It doesn’t all play in the same time or tone. I tune into this orchestra and try [...]

the question of relativity

By | 2017-10-19T18:09:06+00:00 November 6th, 2013|homepage, philosophy & ethics|

Whilst pondering the nature of acting, I also pondered the theory of relativity, and came to the realisation that if e=mc2, then the relation of matter to energy, of inside the body to outside of it, is one of relative densities. Logically, then, one should be able to access all molecular activity as information, [...]

searching the invisible…

By | 2017-10-19T18:10:12+00:00 November 1st, 2013|bodysongs, clinical practice, homepage, philosophy & ethics, shamanism|

The role of the shaman has always been to cross the border into the realm of the not-yet-know and bring it back into cognition. Along the way, the shaman may encounter cultural or emotional taboos. It is one reason why the healer exists—to cross the border, retrieve missing information, find links, act as guide. [...]

new (old) perspectives on the world

By | 2017-10-26T18:58:03+00:00 October 31st, 2013|bodysongs, clinical practice, homepage, philosophy & ethics, shamanism|

One day, in clinic, someone came to see me whose tract of land was poisoned, and by reading the “map” of her land from the energy in her body, I was able to help her plan strategies to cleanse the water and soil. To a scientist, this might sound spurious, but I tell you: [...]

approaching the condition of joy

By | 2018-06-15T02:54:19+00:00 October 25th, 2013|bodysongs, homepage, philosophy & ethics|

APPROACHING THE CONDITION OF JOY Spinoza, whose philosophy of being-in-the-world includes concepts of joy and sorrow which contribute to or detract from our quality of engagement in the world-- outlines two types of joy which are useful to consider. One type is partial, and the other is more of an overarching condition which has [...]

“soft time”

By | 2018-06-15T03:16:54+00:00 October 24th, 2013|bodysongs, homepage, philosophy & ethics|

Working with Soft TimeTime is an exercise in relativity. One moment is dinner in New York, but breakfast in Australia. We live on one globe, but in many segments of time. Our bodies, too, whilst being present, are also forward and back in time. We anticipate, and we re-member; we look ahead, and back. In [...]