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No-How Generator embarks from the question: If knowledge-generation is a fundamentally embodied process, can we see and experience it happening in a dance performance?

Performed with Katye Coe and joined by a different guest performer each time, Matthias Sperling’s newest work invites you to experience a ritual-like performance that connects scientific perspectives on embodied cognition with more magical ways of knowing, such as divination, alchemy, shamanism or hypnosis.

With both seriousness and gently subversive humour, the work reflects on a dance performance’s potential to serve as a collective experience where particular forms of knowing are conjured into being – for performers and audience members alike.

First performed in 2019 as part of Nottdance, No-How Generator has been created through Sperling’s artistic doctoral research process, which began in 2017. This performance at De Montfort Univerity (DMU) concludes this period of artistic research.

For this performance, Coe and Sperling will be joined by Fernanda Muñoz-Newsome as guest performer.

The audience will be seated around all 4 sides of the performance space and we are limiting capacity to allow for at least 1m distancing between audience members (so we encourage early booking).

Sperling’s doctoral studentship at DMU is supported by Midlands4Cities, in partnership with Dance4 and Siobhan Davies Dance.

No-How Generator has been supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England, Midlands4Cities, Dance4, Siobhan Davies Dance and Sadler’s Wells.

Booking closes at 4pm on Wednesday 24 November 2021.


Image by Camilla Greenwell.

No-How Generator by Matthias Sperling
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