“A kind of slow-motion gymnast… like a confused octopus.”
Studio International on Matthias Sperling’s work in Table of Contents at ICA

“…an aloof ice queen”
Londondance.com on Matthias Sperling in Pablo Bronstein’s Birth of Venus at ICA

“…a cross between a horrible pornography and Stars in Their Eyes”
audience member’s comment on This is it, quoted in Cloud Dance review

Do Not Be Afraid_Photo by Neil Wissink

June 2018

This month, join me for my science-fiction performance-lecture Now That We Know on June 22 in London, as part of the new festival Fest en Fest - book tickets here. This follows my recent performance of this work at Weld in Stockholm.

Last month, I presented a new iteration of my solo installation Loop Atlas, first commissioned and performed last year as part of the Siobhan Davies Dance group show material/ rearranged/ to/ be. A new video installation version, Loop Atlas IV, was shown in Leicester at De Montfort University’s The Gallery from May 19 - June 3, and will be returning later this summer. To accompany this, I presented a live durational performance of Loop Atlas II at The Gallery on May 19.

Last month, I also worked on Amerikanische Lieder, a new collaboration with visual artist Bernardo Ortiz in which musician Shelley Parker, choreographers Pepa Ubera, Sara Ruddock and I worked from intricate digital drawings made by Bernardo to develop performative responses. We presented a work-in-progress sharing at Siobhan Davies Studios on May 12.

Since October 2017, I’m excited to have begun a practice-based PhD that brings new kinds of support to my choreographic practice for 3 years. Thanks to AHRC funding from Midlands3Cities and partnership support from Dance4 and Siobhan Davies Dance, my PhD will be based at De Montfort University in Leicester.

Finally, I’m delighted to announce that the first results of my 2-year science research collaboration have been published in the form of two co-authored scientific papers: Joint Action Aesthetics (in the journal PLOS ONE) and The Choreography of Group Affiliation (in Topics in Cognitive Science). This collaboration with co-investigators including cognitive scientist and dancer Guido Orgs (Goldsmiths) explored the links between synchronous movement, group co-operation and the performing arts. I created the choreographic work Group Study through and for this research process. Read the press release for the first paper here.

Thanks for visiting and warm wishes,

Matthias