Interactive dance performance with electronic sound

Urban Creatures

Sebastian Matthias
Big Stage
02.04.2022 – 04.04.2022
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Sebastian Matthias’ interactive dance performance negotiates the question whether digital content may become a threat, and what traces are left in our bodies by smartphone technology. The visitors will encounter critters of fear in Urban Creatures, and they will become part of the sound installation themselves. Electronic sounds from the mobile phone melt into one collective, resonating body. The newly designed Urban Creatures app reacts to physical proximity occurring between audience and performers. Virtual worlds meet one of humanities basic emotions – fear!

Sebastian Matthias was a Factory Artist at tanzhaus nrw from 2014 until 2016, showing Danserye, three parts of his groove space series as well as Intergalactic Underwater Palace for children and XOXO for a young adult audience. He develops interdisciplinary projects between dance, media, and sciences through his practice in participatory artistic research.

Duration: 55 min.

Please arrive 30 minutes early to ensure a smooth operation. Participation in the performance requires a fully charged smartphone. There will be on-site assistance to help with the installation of the Urban Creatures app.

The songs use English lyrics. A German translation will be made available on-site as a handout.

Please note: Limited seating capacity, use of loud music

You will receive a 50% discount on the normal price of admission if visiting multiple Factory Finale events.
School showing: group price 4 €/ per person

With: Aaron Burrows, Emiko Tamura, Gerson Sanca, Joana Hermes, Kacper Szklarski, Linn Lindström, Momo Tanner; Concept and choreography: Sebastian Matthias; Composition: Ida Lundén; Costumes: students of the Institut Mode-Design der HGK (Anna Lena Eggli, Damara Dimcic, Dano Huwyler, Franca Apothéloz, Emanuel Marra, Fabian Oderbolz, Gilles-Anthony Treskatsch, Parvin Ajschat Asghari, Sarah Lüthi); Texts and production dramaturgy: Mila Pavićević; Dramaturgy: Meret Kündig; Light: Sebastian Matthias with Sanja Gregorić and Sebastian Mörder; App development: Stefan Meyer; Technical management, sound: Calvin Lanz; Choreographic assistence: Stefanie Alf;  Costume assistance: Anna Lena Eggli, Sarah Lüthi; Production assistance and administration: Lino Eden.
Graphic design (SM  collaborations): Orsat Franković; PR and press (SM collaborations): Büro von Boxberg Institut Mode-Design, Hochschule für Gestaltung und Kunst FHNW in Basel: Olivia Bertschinger (design assistance), Priska Morger (artistic director), Eva Ott (sewing studio), Evelyne Roth (lecturer design and director workshop Urban Creatures), Kathrin Troxler (guest lecturer and project management), Kurt Zihlmann (institute management).
In cooperation with ZeitRäume Basel – Biennale für neue Musik und Architektur und dem Studiengang Mode-Design and der Hochschule für Gestaltung und Kunst - FHNW in Basel. In collaboration with Staatsschauspiel Dresden and SM Collaborations. Funded by Fonds Doppelpass der Kulturstiftung des Bundes.

We thank the fabien prioville dance company for lending the smartphones.