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The Medium  /  Translating the Metalanguage

In physics, a wave is an oscillation accompanied by a transfer of energy that travels through a medium. On stage, the medium is a momentary collision between several languages. Their sum creates a meta-medium, a fictive reality. 

Like a wave propagate through a medium, a piece of art is an unusual language proposing an uncanny reality. In this reality, an oracle is revealed, a pathway for a message to pass through. In this suggested reality, all participants should function as simultaneous interpreters.

 The task of the translator is to transport details back and forth, ask for validations and reorganise the given data in a new sensible matter. The task of the artist is to translate abstract ‘metaphysical’ ideas into their most accurate formation in the suggested reality.

Like a wave is a disturbance that propagates through space and time, performance-art should function as an aesthetic collision between several mediums, interweaving new meanings into one’s mind.

When languages truly collide, mobility becomes fluidity.
This is when language wants to tell us something greater about itself. 
When the ‘How’ and the ‘What’ become one, the medium becomes the message.

About The progressive wave

The progressive wave is a collaborative project formed by Sign-Language interpreter and theatre-maker, Gal Naor along with dancer and choreographer, Matan Zamir. Their first production bodieSLANGuage is a collaboration with the Berlin-based choreographers duo matanicola, funded by the Hauptstadtkulturfonds and co-produced by Theater Freiburg. Their artistic aim is to translate complex cultural and spiritual ideas into an innovative audio-visual performative language and encourage the integration of mixabled artists. In 2016, with the support of ID festival, The progressive wave embarked with their performance trilogy Science of Signs.


Gal Naor

Gal 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.