“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

No-How Generator_Graphic by Victoria Ford

January 2020

Happy New Year!

I’m still brimming with the exciting things that have been happening in recent months, with the premiere of my new work No-How Generator as part of a packed and buzzing Nottdance 2019, which I had the total pleasure to co-curate.

I also recently got to return to Stockholm to work with the brilliant Weld Company for a research week around my current work, with a public sharing at Weld that was followed by unannounced performances in public spaces in Stockholm.

Over the past few months, my collaborator Katye Coe and I presented a work-in-progress performance of No-How Generator as part of Per/Forming Futures, a conference at Middlesex University (London) organised by Artistic Doctorates in Europe.

We also performed the work-in-progress at Eintanzhaus in Mannheim, Germany, and at Dance4’s iC4C in Nottingham. Earlier this year, I performed a solo version of this in New York as part of Dance from England at Future Oceans, APAP NYC 2019.

Last autumn, my science-fiction performance-lecture Now That We Know was back at Sadler’s Wells Lilian Baylis Studio, accompanied by a symposium with guest speakers to launch the ‘Institute of Neurochoreography’. You can find the archived live stream of the symposium here.

Also last autumn, I performed Now That We Know at De Montfort University in Leicester, and presented a research seminar with Guy Claxton at De Montfort’s CIRID (Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Dance). You can find an audio recording of this event here.

Rachel Krische and I also recently performed our 2011 duet Do Not Be Afraid in Bologna, Italy, as part of Teatri di Vita’s Cuore d’Inghilterra festival.

An 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, was also showing in recent months: the video installation version, Loop Atlas IV, was part of the exhibition Pursuits of Happiness at De Montfort University’s The Gallery in Leicester from May to August.

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.

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