“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

September 2018

My next London performances will be on November 1st & 2nd, when I look forward to being back at Sadler’s Wells Lilian Baylis Studio with my science-fiction performance-lecture Now That We Know, alongside a symposium with invited speakers on November 2 to launch the ‘Institute of Neurochoreography’.

I also look forward to performing Now That We Know at De Montfort University in Leicester, and presenting a research seminar with CIRID (Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Dance) in late October, exact dates to be announced soon.

This month I’ll also be giving a talk at Talbot Rice Gallery in Edinburgh with artist Mark Bleakely as part of his project Schema, Chapters I-III, on September 26 - details of this coming soon too.

Last month, Rachel Krische and I 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, has also been showing over the summer 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.

Thanks for visiting and warm wishes,

Matthias