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In 2014, choreographers and theater makers, Matan Zamir & Gal Naor, have founded together The progressive wave, a performative project which brings together dance, performance-art, and visual-art in a thought-provoking theatric setting.

Their artistic aim is to translate spiritual ideas from various traditions into an innovative audio-visual performative language. Including a diverse range of performers, their work is celebrating differences and otherness.

Their first production bodieSLANGuage is a collaboration with the Berlin-based choreographers’ duo matanicola, funded by the Hauptstadtkulturfonds and co-produced by Theater Freiburg.

In 2016, with the support of ID festival, The progressive wave embarked with their performance trilogy “Science of Signs”, a theatric triptych, presented in three correlating chapters, exploring the relations between science, performance, and spirituality.

“Science of Signs I: Lights & Vessels” premiered at Radialsystem V in Berlin in the frame of ID festival in 2016 and presented between 2017 and 2019 at Radialsystem V and Trauma Bar und Kino, Berlin and SommerBlut Festival in Cologne, Germany. In 2018, “Science of Signs II: Oráculo” premiered at Ballhaus Ost, Berlin in the frame of ID festival and at EigenArtig Festival in Bremen, Germany.

The progressive wave are leading inclusive performative workshops and group inquiries based on their unique training and ongoing consciousness studies.


Gal NaorGal Naor is an Israeli Sign Language interpreter, performer and theatre maker. In 2004 he graduated from the theatre department of Thelma-Yellin High School of Arts. From 2008 to 2011, he was working as a Sign Language interpreter at the Israeli Children Museum in Holon. In 2010 he completed a four-year program of performance studies at the School of Visual Theater in Jerusalem. In 2011 he received his diploma in Israeli Sign Language interpretation at Bar-Ilan University. Since moving to Berlin on that year, he collaborated with matanicola,  Theater Thikwa, ID festival, Michaela Casper and Possible World ensemble, among others. In 2014, together with Matan Zamir, he founded The progressive wave, a project which aims to translate complex cultural and spiritual ideas into an innovative audio-visual performative language. On that year, they have created The progressive wave’s debut interdisciplinary dance performance bodieSLANGuage in collaboration with matanicola and with deaf and hearing international performers, co-produced by theatre Freiburg and Ballhaus Ost, Berlin and sponsored by the Capital Cultural Fund of Berlin (HKF). In 2015, Gal was invited to take part in Watch&Talk discussions panel at Wildwuchs Festival in Basel, Switzerland, which dealt with otherness and mixed-abilities in the world of theatre. Later on that year, he was invited for Tanzlabor-21 Residency Program in Mousonturm, Frankfurt, where he started working on his first solo piece Lights & Vessels, the first chapter in The progressive wave’s performance trilogy Science of Signs.


Matan Zamir

Matan Zamir is an Israeli Berlin-based choreographer and performer. He was a member of the Batsheva Dance Ensemble under the artistic direction of Ohad Naharin and has worked with choreographer Yasmeen Godder as a creating performer, artistic collaborator and rehearsal director. Since moving to Berlin in 2002 he has worked with Sasha Waltz, Benoit Lachambre, Michaela Casper, Kiriakos Hadjiioannou and Peaches, among others. In 2005, he founded matanicola with Italian choreographer and performer Nicola Mascia. Their body of work includes 7 evening-length pieces, site-specific creations, festival curation, installations and improvisation projects. In 2014, together with Gal Naor, he founded The progressive wave performance collective, a project which aims to translate complex cultural and spiritual ideas into an innovative audio-visual performative language. In 2016, Matan was invited to create a piece for D.Lab dance company in Shanghai, China and in 2017 to collaborate on a video installation with artist Hanayo Nakajima at MOT museum for contemporary art in Tokyo, Japan. Matan Zamir is regularly teaching contemporary dance classes and leads movement research workshops internationally.