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Recording: 2012-06-03 , Sophiensæle (Video © Walter Bickmann)

Sebastian Matthias



Production Details / Press Releases

The meaning of the German word wallen, links the swelling movement caused by undulating water to emotional impulses that overcome, like pouring tears or quivering bodies. In this work, the movements of emotional manifestations are separated from their emotional source and translated into abstract physical intensities. How does our experience of these emotions and their movement’s change as they become more abstract? How can we challenge the seemingly indestructible bond between cultural manifestation of emotions, such as sobbing, and the phenomenological emotional substance they contain?
The choreography unfolds through shifting intensities in the body, space, and sound. Seated throughout the space in swivel chairs, the audience has the ability to direct their own experience of these intermingling physical intensities. Jassem Hindi creates an electronic-acoustic installation, which establishes a distinct musical body. Hindi’s sound supports, expands, and diminishes the space produced by the dancers. A transfer from body to body arises and traces of these various intensities remain.

Cast & Credits

CONCEPT, CHOREOGRAPHY: Sebastian Matthias with Jan Burkhardt, Lisanne Goodhue, Deborah Hofstetter, Isaac Spencer
DANCE: Jan Burkhardt, Lisanne Goodhue, Deborah Hofstetter, Isaac Spencer
SOUND: Yassem Hindi
COSTUMES: Nina Irina Witkiewicz
LIGHT, STAGE: Tanja Rühl
DRAMATURGY: Katarina Kleinschmidt, Marcus Dross
ASSISTANCE: Jannikhe Möller
PRODUCTION MANAGEMENT: ehrliche arbeit – freies Kulturbüro
A production by Sebastian Matthias, in co-production with Kampnagel Hamburg, the Dampfzentrale Bern and Sophiensaele.
Funded by the Hamburg Cultural Authority, the Mayor of Berlin – Senate Chancellery – Cultural Affairs and the Rudolf Augstein Foundation.
Supported by the Uferstudios Berlin.


Sophienstraße 18
10178 Berlin

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Video Documentation

The video documentation is produced on behalf of the Senate Department for Culture and Social Cohesion. The purpose of this contract is to document productions in the field of contemporary dance in Berlin. The master recordings are archived by the University Library of the Berlin University of Arts. Copies of the recordings on DVD are available for viewing exclusively in the reference collections of the following archives (at media desks in these institutions):

University Library of the Berlin University of Arts
Mediathek für Tanz und Theater des Internationalen Theaterinstituts / Mime Centrum Berlin
Inter-University Centre for Dance Berlin (HZT)

Sebastian Matthias / Trailers and Video Documentations

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