Biography

Sophie Laplane was born in Paris, France and trained at The Conservatoire National Supérieur de Paris and Paris Opera Ballet School. Sophie joined Scottish Ballet in 2004.

During her career as a dancer at Scottish Ballet, Sophie was given the opportunity to showcase her first choreographic piece. Oxymore (2013) was commissioned by Scottish Ballet's CEO & Artistic Director Christopher Hampson and performed at the Edinburgh Festival that year. Sophie's unique creative vision and undoubted natural ability as a choreographer would attract a further three commissions (Maze, Sibilo, and the 360 degree film A Perfect Place in collaboration with BBC Arts) during the remainder of her time at Scottish Ballet. Sophie retired from Scottish Ballet in June 2017, becoming Scottish Ballet’s Artist in Residence – Choreographer.

In addition to works created for Scottish Ballet, Sophie has created a number of independent pieces, including works for The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Project Y Scotland Persist!, and the National Youth Ballet UK where her piece, Watusi, was shown at Sadlers Wells Theatre, London in September 2018. Her final piece for 2018 was Vis-à-Vis - a duet created for the New York Choreographic Institute after being selected for the Fall Session. She will also premiere CLICK! for Ballet Black at The Barbican, followed by the US premiere of Sibilo in Salt Lake City in May 2019.

Sophie has also taken part in the 2018 Women in Dance Leadership Conference in New York where she presented her duet The Duel. She is currently undertaking an MA in Choreography at Central School of Ballet, London.

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