•  I love this image of Candoco Dance Company's Vicky Malin performing This Is It, the solo I made for her as part of the company's 20th anniversary season. She is a rock star.... literally. The work toys playfully with our expectations of a solo contemporary dance performer and features Vicky singing (live!) her very own, specially-written, uplifting euro pop single, available now on iTunes (search for Vicky Malin, This Is It). You can find out more about the work here: http://www.candoco.co.uk/videos/insight-matthias-sperling-this-is-it/. Photo by  Tom Palliser/Candoco.
  • This is an image of Rachel Krische and I performing my duet Do Not Be Afraid, which proposes that the dance performer’s superpower is the ability to make their mind visible for an audience, in and through their body. 

You can see a video extract of this piece here: http://matthias-sperling.com/matthias_sperling_works.html. 

Here is also a clip from the TV show Will & Grace that inspired one section of the piece, because of the utterly brilliant way they make a word visible as movement: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yWfGhAv0stA. 

Photo by Neil Wissink.
  • This is an image from artist Bruce Nauman's video piece Walking in an Exaggerated Manner Around the Perimeter of a Square, that I keep returning to while thinking about Walking Piece, the new commission I am creating for Big Dance at Siobhan Davies Studios. I love that it is an extremely simple idea but there is a lot to it, and that his focus on what he's doing makes it very engaging. You can watch it on Youtube here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qml505hxp_c
  • Not a photograph, but an electroencephalograph (EEG) of movement: a different way of imaging what our bodies do, produced by the electrical activity that continually goes on in our brains. My interactive installation Thought Dance (http://matthias-sperling.com/thought_dance.html) uses EEG technology to propose that the movement of thought in our brains can be a dance. Here is a TED talk about the technology I used:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fVhggGSjXVg
  • This image documents artist Matthew Barney performing one of his Drawing Restraint series, which Siobhan Davies and I looked at while we were making To hand last year (http://www.siobhandavies.com/dance/dance-works/past-works/whitechapel-gallery-commission.html). His athletic feats of drawing with self-imposed physical restrictions were a great reference for us. Here he is talking about the origins of Drawing Restraint: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=83WTxmkye04
  • These are the amazing Newcastle Kingsmen Rapper Sword Dancers http://www.kingsmen.co.uk/, who inspired part of Dances With Purpose, the piece I made recently for EDge Dance Company. Not to be confused with what Jay-Z does, rapper sword is a fantastic folk dance form traditionally associated with the North East of England and the Kingsmen do it brilliantly. 
Watch them here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hKnX7-QOa60

, Photo by John Asher
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