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In the frame of Open Spaces – Making It Happen #2

In his new performance UNRUHE, choreographer Sergiu Matis traces the history of Europe on the basis of ancient Sumerian, Greek and Roman myths. However, he does not tell an epic of gods, heroes and the origin of civilisation, but a version of the downfall of the world. In the setting of a not-too-distant, post-apocalyptic future, the protagonists of UNRUHE try to remember what it means to be human and how social coexistence can function by means of handed-down digital data and myths. Staged as rushing chaos and precisely arranged randomness, UNRUHE asks the question: Which pasts shape the present and which memories form identities?

The dancers' choreography navigates along the interface between narrated, spoken text and its performative translation into exaggerated physical movement. Memories, relics and millennia-old verses are viewed with an ecofeminist gaze and deciphered in gestures and dance - thus critically reflecting the foundations of Western thought and the social reality of our present.

The performance UNRUHE sees itself as a manifestation of our current, pre-traumatic society: the omnipresent fear of an uncertain future - whether in the form of climate change, right-wing populist tendencies or wars - is taken to extremes in a performative-artistic way. As restless bodies, the protagonists are constantly searching for themselves. Their bodies consist of several identities that can be deconstructed and reassembled. They sift through layers of archaeological remains and delve into vast seas of fragmented data, conflating the latest predictions of the end of time with the oldest surviving stories and the earliest records of catastrophe, natural destruction and social unrest. In doing so, they become entangled in an interweaving of ancient myths in which "heroic" men dominate landscapes, animals and female bodies in search of the meaning of life and immortality. To free themselves from this narrative, they are forced to redefine society, identity and the meaning of being human. 

Sergiu Matis

Sergiu Matiș, born in Cluj-Napoca, Romania, began his professional career at the Tanztheater Nuremberg. He has been living in Berlin since 2008, working with choreographers such as Colette Sadler, Yossi Berg, Philip Bergmann, Daniel Kok, and Jee-Ae Lim. He dances and works in several choreographies of Sasha Waltz & Guests (Dialoge: Neues Museum and MAXXI, Continu, Matsukaze, and Sacre). In 2014 he completed his Master’s degree Solo/Dance/Authorship (SODA) at HZT Berlin and received a scholarship from the German National Academic Foundation. His choreographies (Human Nature, Landing, ThreeDoors. Search, 89. Grenzenlos, Ending-dong, doom room, Duet, Keep it real, Explicit Content) have been shown internationally in Radialsystem/Berlin, Kinitiras Studio/Athens, eXplore Dance Festival/Bucharest, European Festival of Performing Arts Timișoara/Romania, International Festival dance.movement.theatre Gheorgheni/Romania, The National Dance Centre in Bucharest, Hebbel am Ufer Berlin, Antistatic Festival/Sofia, and Impulstanz Vienna.
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Dates subject to change.
This performances is co-funded by apap Feminist Futures, a program of the Creative Europe Program of the European Union.