Weld Company + Matthias Sperling (UK)


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Date & Time: 24/11/2019 18:00 - 20:00

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In the fall of 2017, the British choreographer and dancer Matthias Sperling worked in a week-long process with the company based on his concept “looping”, a rhythmic repetition of a single movement while also gradually reshaping it in barely perceptible increments. The result was the suggestive choreography Soft Power Generator 2. Now he is developing this further during a new working period with the company.

Matthias Sperling about the work:

In this research week, Weld Company artists and I will take as our starting point the practices that I am currently working with, which are developments of the choreographic approaches that we first explored together in 2017. These practices stem from the question: If knowledge-generation is a fundamentally embodied process, can we see and experience it happening in a dance performance?

Approaching the generation of embodied knowing in dance as a kind of conjuring, these practices are ways of ‘taking a reading’, as one might take a reading of someone’s palm, some tea leaves, or the stars: a form of seeking knowledge of the unknown, through the doing and observing of moving.

On Sunday November 24th, we will present a sharing and discussion at Weld about our exploration of these practices, ahead of Weld Company’s further self-directed investigations with these practices, which will take place unannounced in selected public spaces in Stockholm over the coming weeks.

Choreography: Matthias Sperling
Dance: Sybrig DokterPer Sacklén, Caroline ByströmAndrea SvenssonAnna Westberg, Kajsa Sandström and Max Wallmeier

Weld Company is produced by Weld
Weld is supported by Stockholms stad, the Swedish Arts Council and Region Stockholm