About

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Los Angeles-based SOKAMBA Performing Arts Company has been facilitating cross-media creation since its inception in 2013.

SOKAMBA is a collective of artists that produces live multimedia art shows, public interactive events and community outreach programs.

The mission of SOKAMBA is to use the fusion of interdisciplinary art and technology to produce experiences that appeal to a multitude of senses and inspire a sense of harmony and community amongst its audiences.

SOKAMBA is sponsored by C3: Center for Conscious Creativity and Artist in Residence at the Vortex Dome LA - located on LA Center Studios, the production home for several television series and feature films such as Mad Men, The Voice, Die Hard, The Dark Knight Rises and Law & Order LA.


Director

Rissi Zimmermann

Rissi has a deep passion for developing experiences which bring people joy. She strives to create safe spaces which liberate self-expression as a channel for communication across diverse communities. In 2013, Rissi founded the Los Angeles based SOKAMBA Performing Arts Company with the mission to foster roots of unity through the inclusive spirit of the arts.

Part German and part Native American, Rissi was raised in a colorful and creative home as one of five daughters who all grew up dancing. During her young life, Rissi trained in classical ballet throughout Europe and twice received Exceptional Distinction for her performances under the Royal Academy of Dance. She placed within the top 10 group performances of the World Tap Championship and became the South-German track team champion. At age 15, she moved to New York City to attend the Fame School - LaGuardia High School of the Performing Arts - where she was honored with the Father Fame award for Excellence in Academics and Dance.

Rissi has been grateful to enjoy a dance career which has led her from cities across Europe to New York and Los Angeles, working with artists such as James Taylor, The Plain White T's, Pink Floyd, Jodie Gates, Bradley Rapier and Meredith Monk; performing in projects such as the James Taylor Tour, the TV pilot Leaps and Bounds, the UN World-Peace-Day video Secret Weapon, the LA Fashion Week, CANTINAS Dance Project and the modern adaption of Opera Virtutum. Rissi completed her studies at the University of Southern California as a recipient of the POSSE Full Tuition Leadership Scholarship and since has led a series of Initiatives in community building through the arts, including the elementary school program Imagining America: CREATE Your Vision. Rissi is grateful to be leading SOKAMBA on its exciting journey. 

 


Community

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The SOKAMBA community is always eager to push boundaries while nurturing a collaborative working-environment. The collective is made up of a diverse group of artists including dancers, acrobats, actors, musicians, sculptors, animators, cinematographers, VR creators and software engineers. 

Our artist's credits include working with the Ringling Brother's Circus, Coachella, South by South West, Lightning in a Bottle, Universal Studios, The Industry,  The 14th Street Factory, The Chainsmokers, Paula Abdul, James Taylor and Jack Johnson.

Fostering collaboration is a core value at SOKAMBA. Our collective has been grateful to collaborate with groups such as the Plain White T's, Nokia, The DTLA Art Walk, ArtShare LA, the LA Children's Hospital and the International Association for the Arts - UNESCO.