“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

July 2018

Last month, I performed my science-fiction performance-lecture Now That We Know in Fest en Fest in London. This month, I’ll be performing an excerpt of the work at the conference Cognitive Futures in the Arts and Humanities in Canterbury on July 3. Further ahead, Now That We Know will be returning to the Sadler’s Wells Lilian Baylis Studio for further performances on November 1 & 2, alongside a symposium with invited speakers on November 2 to launch the ‘Institute of Neurochoreography’.

On July 6, I’ll be leading a Research Lab presented by Independent Dance & Siobhan Davies Dance, in which I’ll be sharing some of my current artistic research.

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, also returns this month: the video installation version, Loop Atlas IV, will be showing at De Montfort University’s The Gallery in Leicester from July 17 - August 29, as part of the exhibition Pursuits of Happiness.

Coming up on August 4, I look forward to performing Do Not Be Afraid, my 2011 duet with Rachel Krische, in Bologna, Italy as part of Teatri di Vita’s Cuore d’Inghilterra festival.

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