Now that we know

Now That We Know_Image by Wellcome Library London

Now That We Know (2016)

What will change, if and when science discovers how our minds arise from our bodies? Choreographer and performer Matthias Sperling furthers his investigation into the relationship between mind and body in a new performance lecture exploring a hypothetical future in which that connection is clarified.

How will dance and choreography be expanded by this new understanding of the body? And how will our society be altered? This work of science fiction builds on recent findings, taking a choreographic perspective to freely imagine plausible, absurd, thrilling or worrying scenarios.

Created and performed by Matthias Sperling

Lighting and space design by Jackie Shemesh

Sound design by Joel Cahen

Additional sound engineering by Mike Harwood

Science advisors: Guido Orgs and Nikolas Rose

Artistic mentor: Siobhan Davies

Producer: Iris Chan

Premiere: 29 September 2016, Sadler’s Wells Lilian Baylis Studio (London).

Further performances: 8 October 2016, Wellcome Collection (London); 8 March 2017, Nottingham Contemporary (Nottingham), part of Dance4’s Nottdance Festival, 4 February 2018, Weld (Stockholm, Sweden), part of Talking & Props 2018.

Now That We Know is supported by Arts Council England, Sadler’s Wells, Dance4 and Siobhan Davies Dance.