post Sosina Wogayehu

May 2nd, 2008

Filed under: Who is Who? — Lissan Magazine @ 12:06

Sosina was born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, in 1978. She started doing gymnastics at the age of 7, and was Ethiopian Gymnastics Champion at ages 9 and 11. She joined Circus Ethiopia in 1993, and toured the world for five years as an acrobat, contortionist and dancer, including performances at the Adelaide Festival, the Womad Festival in England, and a performance for the Queen of the Netherlands.

“Africa” photo: Rob Skovell

Sosina moved to Australia in 1998. In 1999 she completed a Diploma in Small Companies and Community Theatre at Swinburne University, including spending a month doing work experience with Australia’s flagship contemporary circus, Circus Oz, and participating in a Melbourne Women’s Circus community performance. She supported her studies and training with a job at Africako, where she was employed for her specialist Ethiopian hair braiding skills. Sometimes Sosina performed as a “hair busker”, braiding hair, adding colorful extensions and bright found objects and offering a free smile to the shoppers in Auckland St, St Kilda.

Sosina was fortunate to complete her diploma just as the Swinburne University National Institute of Circus Arts (NICA) sought applications for their inaugural two-year diploma in circus arts. She was a successful applicant, and was one of its very first graduating students in 2001. While studying at NICA, she developed her world-class, solo, bouncing ball juggling act, and a ladder-balancing act. These acts, along with her stage presence, her contortion, her creativity, and her ability to work effectively in a collaborative creative environment led Circus Oz to offer her a position in their permanent performance ensemble in 2002.
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  1. Thank you Lissan for presenting this elegant and pretty talented young Ethiopian girl, who has managed to live her dream through her extraordinary gift and physical discipline. Please keep on doing this so that we be proud of our brothers and sisters around the world.

    Sosina, you rock!!!!


    Comment by Wendimgeta — 2. May 2008 @ 21:23

  2. I have visited her site. She is not only talented. This sista is soooo cute.

    Comment by Nati — 2. May 2008 @ 21:45

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