Nov 12. Weld Company + Matthias Sperling (UK)

The British choreographer and dancer Matthias Sperling is the second of Weld Companys guests this autumn.

With the restriction ‘No Talking, No Props’, Weld Company has since since 2013 invited choreographers to share practices and methods in dance and choreography, and present this in various forms. Sometimes through a simpler form of presentation, in a more traditional performance or through open conversations with talks. The choreographers are invited to the company to have the opportunity to try something new, to return to older works or to share the practice and the work they currently are busy with.

With: Sybrig Dokter, Robert Malmborg, Per Sacklén, Caroline Byström, Disa Krosness and Matthias Sperling

In our one-week research project, me and Weld Company will take as a starting point a practice that I have been working with, which I call ‘looping’. Rhythmically repeating a single movement while also gradually reshaping it in barely perceptible increments, the practice works on sustaining a state between repetition and difference. Drawing on interests including Deborah Hay, Aby Warburg, cognitive science and hypnosis, this practice considers the possibility of performing choreography as a kind of conjuring – seeking knowledge of the unknown through movement.
/ Matthias Sperling



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MATTHIAS SPERLING (UK)
is a choreographer and performer living and working in London, UK. His works include performances in theatre, gallery and museum contexts, video works, and exchanges that take place in public spaces and online. His work has been presented at Sadler’s Wells, Tate Modern, Tate Britain, Southbank Centre, Royal Opera House, Wellcome Collection, Dance Umbrella, Nottdance and Springdance (NL), among others. He is a frequent collaborator with Siobhan Davies, together with whom he has created and presented works at galleries including the Barbican, ICA, Whitechapel, Hayward, Tramway and Turner Contemporary. 

Born in Toronto in 1974, he studied with the Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre (1984-1993) and went on to study philosophy at university in Canada before coming to the UK to complete his dance studies with Transitions Dance Company at Laban (1997-1998).He danced with UK companies including Wayne McGregor’s Random Dance (2001-2006) and Matthew Bourne’s Adventures In Motion Pictures (1999-2000), before pursuing his own choreographic work.He was an Associate Artist with Dance4 (2007-2015) and is the winner of a Bonnie Bird New Choreography Award (2008).