Extinction Room (Hopeless.) is a performative multi-channel sound installation consisting of recordings of extinct and endangered species of birds. It explores the concept of nature in Western society and its representation in artistic and cultural production, at a time when climate change specialists have given us permission to panic. Throughout this soundscape of bird calls, cries and songs, developed in collaboration with composer AGF (aka Antye Greie), the performers recount the stories of these species. The birds’ extinction narratives interweave with their myths. Folk songs and dances are brought to life. The emotional load – the sorrow – is intensiﬁed by the performers who lead us through these traumatic experiences of loss.
Matis' performance echoes current organisations like Extinction Rebellion (abbreviated as XR), a nonviolent global environmental movement with the aim of compelling government action to avoid tipping points in the climate system, biodiversity loss, and the risk of social and ecological collapse.
Sergiu Matis (° 1981, Cluj-Napoca) is a choreographer who works and lives in Berlin. "Visible thinking body," a method whereby the body is "thought in motion," is the basis of his performances. Matis started ballet at a young age while growing up in post-communist Romania. Now, he is looking for a new kind of virtuosity, inspired by machines, history and archives — both personal and of Western dance history.
Concept, choreography: Sergiu Matiș
With: Manon Parent, Sergiu Matiș, Martin Hansen
Sound installation and composition: AGF aka Antye Greie
Text: Sergiu Matiș, Mila Pavicevic,
Species research: Philip Ingman
Dramaturgy: Mila Pavicevic
Sound: Martin Lutz
Animal recordings from the Macaulay Library at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the Xeno-canto Foundation.
Production management: 4Culture Association
Co-Financed by The Administration of the National Cultural Fund - AFCN, Romanian Cultural Institute, Europalia Arts Festival Brussels
A Sergiu Matis production.
Funded by the Capital Cultural Fund Berlin, the Berlin Senate Department for Culture and Europe Coproduced by: 4Culture Association, WASP Studios, ICI-CCN de Montpellier - Occitanie as part of Life Long Burning (LLB) – Towards a sustainable Eco-System for Contemporary Dance in Europe, supported by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union, Centre of Drama Art Zagreb and Art workshop Lazareti Dubrovnik Supported by: the NATIONALES PERFORMANCE NETZ International Guest Performance Fund for Dance, which is funded by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media.
Co-funded by the Creative Programme of the European Union