“Return to nature!” The calls of birds take us back to our roots, awakening a sense of life, hope and harmony. But what happens when they cross paths with our ruthlessness? Extinction Room (Hopeless.) is a stereophonic performative dream. Stories, music and dance lead spectators to a definitive ending point: the point of extinction. So unique is this collaboration between three foreign creatives and young Czech artists and youth that it will be presented twice during the festival. 21 species sentenced to death and 21 bird stories; the spectator can walk through them alongside the performers and feel the urgency of their call. Extinction Room can be understood as a point of contact with the great beyond; we may never grasp it in its entirety, but we can let ourselves be enchanted by individual fragments, tones and movements.
A beautiful, heartbreaking show. In an unceasingly warming world, what is left of idyllic nature? – Jérôme Bel
Extinction Room was first presented in 2019 at Art Radionica Lazareti in Dubrovník, followed by performances for eXplore Dance Festival (Bucharest), Piatra Neamt Theatre Festival (Romania), Europalia Arts Festival (Bozar, Brussels), Zuhören #4 (Berlin), Tanznacht Berlin, Artdanthé Festival (Vanves) and ImPulsTanz (Vienna).
Concept and choreography: Sergiu Matis
Choreographic collaboration: Martin Hansen, Nicola Micallef, Kinga Ötvös, Manon Parent
Performers: Sergiu Matis, Nicola Micallef, Kinga Ötvös + Markéta Labusová and young Czech artists and youth
Music installation and composition: AGF aka Antye Greie
Text: Philip Ingman, Sergiu Matis, Mila Pavićevič
Species research: Philip Ingman
Dramaturgy: Mila Pavićević
Sound: Martin Lutz
Production: 4Culture Association
Running time: 105 minutes
Language: English, Czech
Partners for presentation at Bazaar Festival: nationales performance netz, The Romanian Cultural Institute and Ponec – the dance venue.
Originally from Romania, choreographer Sergiu Matis has lived and worked in Berlin since 2008. He studied at the Liceul de Coregrafie in Cluj and the Mannheim Academy of Dance. In addition to his own creations, he also leads workshops and other educational projects around the world.
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.
A production by Sergiu Matis, financed by the Capital Cultural Fund (HKF), Berlin Senate Department for Culture and Europe.
Coproduction: 4Culture Association and WASP Studios.
Financially supported by AFCN – National Administration of Cultural Funds (Romania), the Romanian Cultural Institute and Europalia Arts Festival (BE).
Supported by: DIEHL+RITTER/TANZPAKT RECONNECT, financed by the German Federal Government Commission for Culture and the Media as part of the initiative NEUSTART KULTUR; apap – FEMINIST FUTURES, co-financed by the EU program Creative Europe; ICI-CCN Montpellier – Occitanie as part of the project Life Long Burning (LLB) – Towards a Sustainable Eco-System for Contemporary Dance in Europe, financed by the EU program Creative Europe.
Animal Recordings: Macauley Library at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Xeno-canto Foundation