Sonya Biernath

Sonya Biernath is a choreographer, dancer, writer and teacher based in Montreal. She founded Projet Recherche What What I What, a company that produces contemporary dance, film and music. Since its inception, the company has presented work in six countries and over 20 cities.Sonya's work was most recently co-produced by Lille 2004 - Capitale Européen de la Culture as part of the Mondes Paralleles series. In 2003 Sonya took part in the Festival Danse en Vol, an exchange between Belgian and Canadian choreographers. In 2001, she took part in a collaboration with Belgian company ALKYONIS entitled We'll See, a project that included seven choreographers from seven different countries. In 2000, Sonya was invited to create the piece Trace and Interference under the mentorship of Jan Ritsema and Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker. Her work has been showcased and presented at various festivals in Canada. She has received commissions from companies and performing arts institutions including: Le Groupe Dance Lab, Ottawa, CONDUIT, Portland (USA), and The School of Toronto Dance Theatre among others. She has also received residencies for her work from the Fondation Jean-Pierre Perreault, Montreal and O Vertigo, Montreal.

As a dancer, she was a member of Desrosiers Dance Theatre. She worked with such choreographers as Ginette Laurin, Jean-Frédéric Messier, Claire O'Neill (NZ), Maria Clara Villas Lobos (BE), Bill James, Learie McNicolls, David Pressault, Allen Kaeja, Jordi Ventura Fabra (ES), Deborah Dunn, and director Thom Sokolowski. Her film credits include Visio by Jordi Ventura Fabra and Paolo Santos, and Nearly Home and Tabulae Anitomae Sex choreographed by Gabreil Spiegelschrift. Her writing has been published in The Dance Current and Dance International.