Matthias Sperling

Image of Do not Be Afraid choreographed by Matthias Sperling
Do Not Be Afraid_Photo by Neil Wissink


July 2014

Coming up, I look forward to further performances of To hand, a durational solo performance that Siobhan Davies and I made together in 2011, at the Henry Moore Foundation in Hertfordshire, as part of the exhibition Body & Void: Echoes of Moore in Contemporary Art. Click here to read a short piece I wrote about it for the Foundation, here to read the Guardian's review of the show and here for more images of To hand amongst the show's extraordinary collection of works by Henry Moore, Damien Hirst, Richard Deacon, Sarah Lucas and many others.

Further ahead, I also look forward to taking collaborative project Table of Contents to the Lenbachhaus Museum in Munich, Germany, after its earlier performances at the ICA (London), Tramway (Glasgow) and Arnolfini (Bristol). Table of Contents is a live performance and installation co-created by Siobhan Davies, Andrea Buckley, Helka Kaski, Rachel Krische, Charlie Morrissey and myself, each using our own history as choreographers and performers to question how dance is archived and how different art forms build on their own history.

Last month, I enjoyed performing Manual, a live work created by Siobhan Davies and Helka Kaski in 2013, at the New Art Centre in Wiltshire, during the opening of new exhibitions of work by Richard Deacon, Bill Woodrow, Joseph Walsh, Daniel Naudé and Johannes Nagel.

Following its first performances at Tate Britain in November 2013, I also recently performed my Deborah Hay solo adaptation "Dynamic" at De Montfort University in Leicester. Along with 19 other dance artists from around the world, I commissioned Deborah Hay to create this solo choreographic score in September 2012 and worked with her for ten days. I then began a practice of performing the score daily for a minimum of nine months, in a gradual process of developing my own adaptation of it.

Last but not least, I invite you to visit the online homes of my ongoing discussion project Dance So You Think You Can, first presented at Nottdance Festival 2013, inviting people to join in conversations about what dance is and about the relationship between dancing and thinking.

With warm wishes,




“…a talented and generous artist.” Nicky Napier (Former Director, Dance4)

“Matthias is a very fine dancer and performer but this first solo work also demonstrates a strong choreographic mind.” Siobhan Davies (Artistic Director, Siobhan Davies Dance)