Dancing her way to The Danish Girl

Sonya Cullingford

Trinity Laban alumnus Sonya Cullingford is making a name for herself, appearing in acclaimed film The Danish Girl, and performing with Protein Dance this spring.

Sonya graduated from Trinity Laban in 2008, after studying the Postgraduate Diploma as a member of Transitions Dance Company.

This year, Sonya appears in Tom Hooper’s The Danish Girl, starring Eddie Redmayne and Alicia Vikander. Nominated for three Golden Globes and four Academy Awards, The Danish Girl tells the powerful story of one of the world’s first transgender operations. The critically acclaimed film marks Sonya’s second appearance on the silver screen - she was also cast in another Tom Hooper hit, Les Miserables, in 2012.

On the theatre stage, she has appeared as Mole alongside Alan Titchmarsh in the Royal Opera House’s The Wind in the Willows, choreographed and directed by Will Tuckett. She has additionally performed with immersive theatre company Punchdrunk, and starred in English National Opera’s The Indian Queen and Opera Holland Park’s The Marriage of Figaro.

Adding to a wealth of performance experience, Sonya dances with renowned company Protein Dance this spring in its brand new work, May Contain Food. The company was co-founded in 1997 by Artistic Director and choreographer Luca Silvestrini, a fellow graduate of Trinity Laban. Dancers Saara Hurme and Matt Winston complete the alumni line-up.

To find out more about May Contain Food, visit the Protein Dance website.