Performances 2022

Performances 2022

Sergiu Matis (DE/RO)

Choreographic Convention
© Dieter Hartwig

What can Theocritus’ and Virgil’s hymns of praise to Earth tell us about the ruins that are mere shadows of their original splendour? Is it even possible that they refer to the same world? In Hopeless., Berlin­-based Romanian choreographer Sergiu Matis and his fellow performers, Martin Hansen and Manon Parent, put the remains back together and pay homage one last time to the idyll that once was. As the voices of extinct bird spe­cies sound and the three brilliant performers spread their imaginary wings to set off on a wild yet impossible flight, the true extent of the losses becomes evident.

Part of the Choreographic Convention VII In Other Words: A Future

Austrian Premiere

Duration: 145 Min
16.7.2022, 21:00
18.7.2022, 21:00
© Dieter Hartwig
© Jubal Battisti
© Jubal Battisti
© Jubal Battisti
© Jubal Battisti
Video Editing: Maximilian Pramatarov


Concept, choreography: Sergiu Matis
Choreographic collaboration and performance: Martin Hansen, Sergiu Matis, Manon Parent
Text: Sergiu Matis, Mila Pavićević, based on translations of Virgil and Theocritus*
Dramaturgy: Mila Pavićević
Musical composition, soundscape: AGF aka Antye Greie
Set design: Dan Lancea
Costume: Philip Ingman
Light design: Sandra Blatterer, Emma Juliard
Technical management: Andrea Parolin
Sound: Ivan Bartsch
Species research, text: Philip Ingman
Distribution: Danila – Freitag, Agentur für Performative Künste

Supported by: DIEHL+RITTER/TANZPAKT RECONNECT, which is funded by the German Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media as part of the NEUSTART KULTUR initiative; apap – FEMINIST FUTURES 2020–2024 – a project co-funded by Creative Europe programme of the European Union; and the NATIONALES PERFORMANCE NETZ International Guest Performance Fund for Dance, which is funded by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media

Animal sounds courtesy of the Macaulay Library at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the Xeno-canto Foundation

*Translations of Theocritus and Virgil from: Hine, Daryl (trans.), 1982, Theocritus: Idylls and Epigrams, New York: Atheneum; and Holzberg, Niklas (ed. and trans.), 2016, ‘Bucolica / Hirtengedichte’ in Bucolica, Georgica / Hirtengedichte, Landwirtschaft, Berlin, Boston: De Gr

Supported by the NATIONALE PERFORMANCE NETZ Guest performance funding Dance International, sponsored by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media.