ARTIST STATEMENT: I attribute my artistic style to a morphing of ideas, a constant seeking of, observing, learning, questioning and collaboration. I am a movement gatherer. My curiosity and thirst for knowledge leads me to work with educators, scientists, puppeteers, actors, musicians, singers, composers, videographers, photographers, digital artists, movers and dancers of diverse abilities. Within me is a seemingly never-ending desire for physical movement intertwined with the quiet stillness needed for process and reflection.
Ms. Plumb was born and raised in rural Vermont. She migrated to Hartford to attend Trinity Collect where she received a B.A. in Theater and Dance. Sonia has choreographed over 50+ dances during her career, launching SPDC as a non-profit in 1991. She was the first Artist in Residence at the University of St. Joseph, West Hartford, CT. During her time as Artistic Director she has developed numerous programs for the underserved including: Moving Bodies/Moving Bodies for children on the Autism Spectrum, the Apprentice Training Program for BIOPC and Hartford Youth, launched a scholarship program for students age 7+ for the School of SPDC, developed multiple Arts Integration Residency programs based on the Kennedy Center Model for Multiple Intelligences, provided arts based learning in the Hartford Public Schools through Hartford performs and collaborated with educators through Connecticut.
During the pandemic she safely and successfully premiered three full-length works including: Dance of da Vinci 2.0, The Pearl and Penelope’s Odyssey. Like the rest of the dance world, she branched out into digital content creating dance on film: Touch, Odysseus’ Nightmare and Little Red Snow White, as well as webinars and podcasts.
In 2018 she began collaborating with international artists from the UK, Spain, Italy and Greece. Under her direction SPDC has been in residency at Ross Creek Centre for the Arts, Nova Scotia and MudHouse in Crete, Greece. This fall the Company will be in residence in Iceland.
Early in her career her work was showcased in: A New Generation of Dance/SUNY Purchase, Southern Vermont Dance Festival, Brattleboro, VT, WaxWorks, Brooklyn, NY, Shared Space – Mark Morris Dance Group, Brooklyn, NY, Artists For World Peace, Old Saybrook, CT, 5×5 Dance Festival to name a few. Sonia is a three-time recipient of the Connecticut Office of the Arts Fellowship for Artistic Excellence, received a SURDNA National Teaching Fellowship (2013), and was one of only nine artists nationwide to receive a Community Legacy Project award in 2015.
She is the mother of one son who continually brings depth and meaning to her life and work as an Artist.