Sophie Laplane trained at Paris Conservatoire and spent a year at Ballet de Lorraine before dancing with Scottish Ballet. After transitioning into choreography, she was appointed Choreographer in Residence of the Scottish Ballet.
Her creations for the company include Oxymore (Edinburgh Festival), Sibilo (for Scottish Ballet’s tour in Salt Lake City and New York), and Dextera (created as part of Scottish Ballet’s 50th Anniversary).
As a freelance choreographer, Sophie Laplane also choreographs internationally for renowned companies including Ballet Black (London), Ballet West (Salt Lake City), The New York Choregraphic Institute with dancers of the New York City Ballet.
As part of Scottish Ballet’s Digital Season, she further developed her interest in digital dance with The Perfect Place, in partnership with the BBC, and A Work in a Week: Idle Eyes, which was live-streamed throughout the creation process. During the Covid lockdown, Sophie created Indoors, a piece for 38 dancers in their own homes.
Maze, directed by Eve McConachie, won Best Screen Dance Short at the 2015 San Francisco Dance Film Festival. In 2021, she created Dive, inspired by artist Yves Klein, a collaboration with co-creator James Bonas and film director Oscar Sansom which won the Cinedans Festival 2022 in the “Best short film” category.
In 2022, she created Oh! Les Mains, double prize-winner at the Concours de Jeunes Chorégraphes, Biarritz 2022, taking both the Prix des Professionnels and the Prix du Public. She has also choreographed for Netia Jones’ Le Nozze di Figaro at the Paris Opera and created her piece Galantheae, premiered by Ballet West at the Salt Lake City Dance Festival.
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