August 10 | Meet the Artist
The audience is requested to arrive at the venue at least 30 minutes before the start of the performance and to bring a fully charged, Bluetooth-enabled smartphone. On site, the festival team will be happy to help you install the free “Urban Creatures” app, which plays the sound of the piece on your smartphone and is therefore necessary for participation.
Note: Unfortunately, the elevator of the Sophiensæle is currently out of order, so that the Festsaal (1st floor) is only accessible via stairs. For inquiries, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 030 27 89 00 35.
When does digital content become a threat? How do new, virtual worlds incite fear, the oldest emotion of mankind, in our bodies? In the music-theatre and dance performance Urban Creatures, by German choreographer Sebastian Matthias, visitors encounter odd and unruly creatures driven by fear in a living soundscape. Via the loudspeakers of their mobile phones, they listen to electronic sounds that react to physical proximity and together merge into a collective body of sound.
Concept, choreography Sebastian Matthias With Aaron Burrows, Emiko Tamura, Gerson Sanca, Joana Hermes, Kacper Szklarski, Linn Lindström, Momo Tanner Composition Ida Lundén Costume design Students of the Fashion Design Institute of the HGK (Anna Lena Eggli, Damara Dimcic, Dano Huwyler, Franca Apothéloz, Emanuel Marra, Fabian Oderbolz, Gilles- Anthony Treskatsch, Parvin Ajschat Asghari, Sarah Lüthi) Texts, dramaturgy Mila Pavićević Dramaturgy Meret Kündig Lighting design Sebastian Matthias mit Sanja Gregorić & Sebastian Mörder App development Stefan Meyer Technical direction & sound Sesign Calvin Lanz Choreographic assistance Stefanie Alf Costume assistance Anna Lena Eggli, Sarah Lüthi Production assistance, administration Lino Eden
A production by Sebastian Matthias in cooperation with SOPHIENSÆLE, ZeitRäume Basel – Biennale for new music and architecture, course of studies fashion design and the University of Art and Design – FHNW Basel. Funded by Fonds Double pass of the Federal Cultural Foundation. In collaboration with Staatsschauspiel Dresden and SM Collaborations. Thanks to the College of Art and Design FHNW in Basel, especially Olivia Bertschinger (design assistance), Priska Morger (artistic direction), Eva Ott (Sewing studio), Evelyne Roth (lecturer design and head of workshop Urban Creatures), Kathrin Troxler (guest lecturer and project management), Kurt Zihlmann (institute management).