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.

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 [...]

response-ability

By | 2017-10-26T18:52:46+00:00 October 10th, 2013|collaborations, dance ecology, dramaturgy, homepage, philosophy & ethics, shamanism, theatre|

The principal of equivalence refers not just to an attitude to things outside of ourselves—respect for nature, and others—but to components within as well. This principle, as an active consciousness, helps response-ability-—i.e., the ability to respond with more resilience, more options, more variety and creativity. We can expand our repertoire of things we can [...]

the principle of equivalence

By | 2017-10-26T18:55:02+00:00 September 29th, 2013|clinical practice, dance ecology, homepage, philosophy & ethics|

The principle of Equivalence is a very basic tenet of shamanism, and to many indigenous peoples. Living with this principle demands respect for all existence. Where are our prejudices? Do we prefer body to mind, endings to beginnings? Ageing vs. birthing, motion vs. restriction, the self vs. the landscape around us. We all carry [...]

where do I begin?

By | 2018-06-15T03:20:25+00:00 August 22nd, 2013|clinical practice, homepage, shamanism|

I want you to look closely at this image. It is a map of the human body, according to healers in ancient Tibet. The reach of the energy meridians goes far beyond the confines of our physical outline. Such is the force of our energy fields, our influence; imagine therefore how much force, wisdom and information is within its reach. cfc

Anthems and Angels

By | 2018-06-15T03:02:45+00:00 June 7th, 2013|collaborations, dance ecology, homepage, performance, theatre|

This is a 3 minute video of my major project, Anthems and Angels It is concerned with the memories and experiences of refugees. Its process matches my intention to pay respect to what often gets censored or ignored (memories, sights, sounds, smells, kinetic sensations). If everything is potentially of equal value, then sound, space, [...]