Sebastian Matthias

x / groove space

Tanz im August

Please Note: Strobe lighting used during the performance. (Fast series of very short intense light flashes.) People with photo-sensitive epilepsy may be affected.

We shape our urban surroundings collectively, often without even noticing it; this is how we create the daily groove of a city. For three years now, in his performance series groove space, Sebastian Matthias has been investigating the essential features of this specific rhythm: the tactile collective movement of a city. In public spaces, he seeks out those sites of interaction which collectively form the invisible network of a metropolis: their ‘permanent urban choreography’. Sebastian Matthias then translates forms of movement and everyday practices of the inhabitants of the city into an artistic performance. Berlin, Zurich, Freiburg, Jakarta and Tokyo/Düsseldorf have made up the stops on the journey of this dancing research project to date. It brings the public and performers together in a setting in which both groups possess equal agency, and facilitates a shared experience of the feeling of movement, managing to be touching but not intrusive. Sebastian Matthias choreographs relationships – shifts in perspectives, approaches, spatial formations – and through this, collective practice, togetherness, presence. Tanz im August plays host to the last performance in his series, x / grove space, which was premiered in June at the tanzhaus nrw. x / groove space is concerned with cultural crossovers and the points of contact between the urban dynamics of inhabitants of Düsseldorf and Tokyo. In collaboration with the visual artist Yoko Seyama (Berlin/Tokyo) and the sound artist Atsuhiro Ito (Tokyo), Sebastian Matthias creates an open performance space in which the dancers and audience members can collectively produce and experience the grooves of Düsseldorf and Tokyo. The performance artist Masaru Iwai (Tokyo) will mingle with the participants, providing his own intervention.

Production Sebastian Matthias
Coproduction tanzhaus nrw, Festival Tokyo, Tanz im August 2016 and Sophiensaele.
With the support of NATIONALE PERFORMANCE NETZ (NPN) Koproduktionsförderung Tanz aus Mitteln der Beauftragten der Bundesregierung für Kultur und Medien aufgrund eines Beschlusses des Deutschen Bundestags sowie durch die Kunststiftung NRW, das Land Nordrhein-Westfalen, die Stadtsparkassenstiftung Düsseldorf und die Japan Foundation.

Duration 70 minutes


Choreography and Concept: Sebastian Matthias / Co-choreography and performance: Jubal Battisti, Rachell Clark, Lisanne Goodhue, Deborah Hofstetter, Oskar Landström, Harumi Terayama, Idan Yoav / Visual Arts: Atsuhiro Ito (Light and Sound Installation), Masaru Iwai (Video Installation), Yoko Seyama (Kinetic Sculptures and Costumes) / Lighting Design: Andreas Harder / Dramaturgy: Nanako Nakajima / Consulting and Communication: Akiko Okamoto / Production Dramaturgy: Mira Moschallski


  • Past
    Sat 13.8.2016, 17:00 / Sophiensæle Festsaal
    Sun 14.8.2016, 17:00 / Sophiensæle Festsaal
    Sun 14.8.2016, 18:10 / Sophiensæle Festsaal
    Mon 15.8.2016, 19:00 / Sophiensæle Festsaal
    Tue 16.8.2016, 19:00 / Sophiensæle Festsaal
    Wed 17.8.2016, 19:00 / Sophiensæle Festsaal


Sophiensæle Festsaal
Sophienstr. 18, 10178 Berlin

The Kantine is at ground level and accessible without steps. The Festsaal (1st floor) and Hochzeitssaal (3rd floor) can be reached via an elevator (1.76 m x 2.71 m) when accompanied by the house staff. To use the elevator please contact our evening staff. The distance from the street to the elevator is approx. 60 m.

An accessible toilet (entrance door 1m in width) is available on the 1st floor and can be reached via the elevator. It can be accessed via the Festsaal foyer. For events in the Hochzeitssaal there is a WC on the 3rd floor with an entrance and cabin door 81 cm wide, the other cabin doors are 56 cm wide. From the 3rd floor as well as from the ground floor you can reach the accessible WC on the 1st floor by using the elevator.

Wheelchair users and persons with impaired mobility are requested to give advance notice by or ringing the venue at 030 27 89 00 35. 
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