Interprète / Inappropriate Behaviour



The creative output for the PhD is composed of 10 + films under the umbrella of Inappropriate Behaviour.

These visual documentations celebrate the mature dancers corporeal difference and how their practice rather than their age defines them. Eight mature professional dancers, four from London and four from Sydney, were asked to view a video of Sonia’s dance motif and instructed to re-interpret, ignore or embellish the choreography. Each dancer was filmed independently, forming 8 solos films and from this the responses were re-edited to produce the final film: Interprète/Inappropriate Behaviour - creating an embodied dialogue of movement. Each of the 8 dancers’ interpretations can be viewed on Sonia’s website

The Dancers featured in the film, whose ages range from 55 – 68 years of age:

  • Anca Frankenhaeuser, former London Contemporary Dance Theatre, Australian Dance Artists, Sydney
  • Susan Barling, former Sydney Dance Company, Australian Dance Artists, Sydney
  • Ross Philip, former Sydney Dance Company, Australian Dance Artists, Sydney
  • Patrick Harding Irmer, former London Contemporary Dance Theatre, Australian Dance Artists, Sydney
  • Jennifer Jackson, former soloist the Royal Ballet Company, Dancing the Invisible, London, UK
  • Susie Crow, former soloist the Sadler’s Wells Royal Ballet, Ballet in Small Spaces, Oxford, UK
  • Ann Dickie, former Rambert, From Here To Maturity, London, UK
  • Nicholas Minns, Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, Writing about Dance, UK

Sonia is a mature dancer, photographer and filmmaker. She trained in Classical Ballet and Contemporary Dance extensively in London, UK. She is a PhD candidate at QCA, Griffith University, Ageism and the Mature Dancer; examines the role of dancers who extend beyond the paradigm of age, and the contribution that they make to current dialogue and practice within the field of dance.

Film & editing Sonia York-Pryce Music Bill Ryan Duration 6 minutes 34 seconds


  • Gold Award Winner of the Inaugural Joie de Vivre 2015 dance film competition highlighting older dancers organised by Pavilion Dance South West UK
  • The Stockholm Dans Film Festival 10/11 December Stockholm Sweden 2016
  • Mature Moves/Salamanca Moves Festival, Movies by Movers, Hobart Tasmania 2016
  • Screened at the ITAC3 The Third International Teaching Artist Conference 2016 (pg.17), Edinburgh Scotland
  • HOST 2016 – Moved and Be-Moved Dance East, Ipswich Suffolk, UK 
  • FRAME – Dancescreen 2016
  • Dance Science Conference Brisbane 2015.





20 - 25 February 2017 | 5pm - 10pm


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