“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

October 2017

This month, I’m excited to be beginning a practice-based PhD that will bring 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 with supervisors Ramsay Burt and Sally Doughty.

In November, Rachel Krische and I look forward to the return of our 2011 duet Do Not Be Afraid at Tripspace in London on November 25.

Also next month, I look forward to spending a week researching and making with Weld Company in Stockholm. We’ll be sharing the results of our work at Weld on November 12.

Recently, I’ve been touring my two newest works: my science-fiction performance-lecture Now That We Know premiered at Sadler’s Wells Lilian Baylis and has recently been at Nottingham Contemporary for Nottdance. My solo performance installation Loop Atlas, commissioned by Siobhan Davies Dance for group show material/ rearranged/ to/ be, premiered at Barbican Curve gallery and has recently been at the Bluecoat in Liverpool.

Finally, I’m delighted to announce that the first results of my 2-year science research collaboration have been published in the journal PLOS ONE. This collaboration with co-investigators including cognitive scientist and dancer Guido Orgs (Goldsmiths) and social psychologist Daniel Richardson (UCL) 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 here and the paper here.

Thanks for visiting and warm wishes,

Matthias