“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

February 2018

My next performance of my science-fiction performance-lecture Now That We Know will be at Weld in Stockholm on February 4, and follows on from my residency with Weld Company last year. Full details and tickets will be available soon via Weld.

Before that, I’ll be participating in a panel discussion at the Whitechapel Gallery on ‘Body as Archive’ on January 27, as part of the exhibition Commissions from Performa’s Archives.

Recently, it was a delight to once again perform Do Not Be Afraid, my 2011 duet with Rachel Krische, at Tripspace in London.

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.

Over the past year, I’ve been touring 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 most 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 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