Image: Philip Ingman


Open Spaces X radialsystem · Filmische Adaption der Bühnenfassung/Film adaptation of the stage version by Sergiu Matis
In the frame of Open Spaces – Making It Happen #2

You can find a trailer for the performance ↪  here.
You can find an interview with the choreographer ↪  here.

An intertwining of ancient Sumerian, Greek and Roman epics keeps the protagonists of UNREST entangled in a restless search for answers to the turbulence, upheaval and state of emergency that overshadow the twenty-first century. Haunted and occupied by these myths of antiquity – in which landscapes, animals and female bodies are dominated by “heroic” men in their quest for the meaning of life and immortality – the performers won’t chant the old gods, or the new; nor will they glorify the heroes of early civilisations. Instead, they sift through layers of archaeological remains and dive into vast seas of fragmented and compromised data, in order to recall and recite end-of-times predictions, the oldest surviving written stories, and some of the first records of cataclysms, destruction of nature and social unrest. 

Millennia-old verses are viewed through an eco-feminist lens and deciphered into gestures and dance. Relics become flesh and bone, giving rise to a corporeal transcription which aims to reflect upon the foundations of Western thought. UNREST brings back old demons that help us face our growing fears of an uncertain future. It raises questions about which pasts shape the present, and resists and revolts against the dominant narratives of deep history.

In radialsystem, a cinematic adaptation of the stage version was created, which is now being shown online as a world premiere.

Sergiu Matis

Sergiu Matis is a Romanian choreographer born in 1981 in Cluj-Napoca. He received his dance education at the Liceul de Coregrafie in Cluj and the Mannheim Academy of Dance, and began his career at Tanztheater Nuremberg. He has been living and working in Berlin since 2008, creating his own works such as Keep It Real (2013), Explicit Content (2015), Neverendings (2017), Hopeless. (2019), UNREST (2021) and DRANG (2022). He has led workshops and educational activities at a range of institutions worldwide. In 2014 he completed his masters in Solo/Dance/Authorship at the Inter-University Centre for Dance (HZT) / Berlin University of the Arts (UdK). 
You find the link to the video and to the tickets ↪  here.
Available from 17.06.21 / 19:00 continuously until 23.06.21 / 23:00.
Tickets: 10€/red. 5€, Supporter tickets: 15€-25€
The live performance is available for touring.
Concept, Choreography: Sergiu Matis | by and with: Lisa Densem, Manon Parent, Maria Walser, Martin Hansen, Moo Kim | Dramaturgy: Mila Pavićević
Music: AGF (Antye Greie), Manon Parent - instruments built by: Emma Juliard | Stage: Dan Lancea | Costumes: Philip Ingman | Light: Emma Juliard | Technical direction and Sound: Andrea Parolin | Director of Photography, Editing: Zé de Paiva & Kathleen Kunath | Camera Assistant: Luna Marie Zscharnt | Choreography Assistant: Orlando Rodriguez | Production: Giulia Messia
Funded by Hauptstadtkulturfonds Berlin | Coproduced and presented by Tanzfabrik Berlin. This production and presentation is supported by apap - Feminist Futures, co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union and the Senatsverwaltung für Kultur und Europa des Landes Berlin, Radial Stiftung, Nomad Dance Academy Slovenia.