a Performative Installation
by Karolin Stächele and The progressive wave

Premiere: Sunday, January 26th, 2020, Contemporary Art Gallery, E-Werk, Freiburg

In continuation of her ten months of research and documentation project, choreographer Karolin Stächele invited us to join forces and co-create a performative installation on the topic of love. LoveArchive is looking into how people love in today’s culture, and the diverse ways love can be expressed in our times.

Concept, Artistic Direction: Karolin Stächele
Artistic Consultation, Dramaturgy and Choreography: The progressive wave
(Gal Naor & Matan Zamir)
Creative Performers: Lotta SandborghAngelo Petracca, Chiara Marolla, Gal Naor, Karolin Stächele
Space Design: Sönke Ober
Project Advisor: Sabine Noll
Photography: Jennifer Rohrbacher, Michaela Klaehn

LoveArchive is a production of the Dagada Dance Company in collaboration with The progressive wave, in cooperation with E-WERK Freiburg – Gallery for Contemporary Art. Funded by the Cultural Office in Freiburg and Landesverband Freie Tanz, Theaterschaffende Baden-Württemberg e.V. With funds from the Ministry of Science, Research and Art of the State of Baden-Württemberg.


a contemporary site-specific dance ritual

Premiere: July 5th, 2019 at Halle am Berghain, Berlin

An audiovisual odyssey unfolds infernal and celestial imagery
bodies are gathered in a circle to hold a secret ceremony
forming and deforming abstract ornaments
they redefine space, possess, merge, and dissolve.
A sudden desire erupted out of the ritualistic pattern.
A sacrifice fulfilled as empty. 

This interdisciplinary site-specific dance performance takes its inspiration from the ancient Sufi dance, fusing various reflective acts in which a state of trance can be reached, with a live video installation, a contemporary electronic sound-score, and a fashion-forward statement. 

 A zone where minds can blend into collective awareness. 

Concept & Art Direction: Idan Gilony for UY Studio
Curation: Helena Eleonora Rönnmark
Co-Artistic Direction & Choreography: The progressive wave
(Gal Naor and Matan Zamir)
Sound Composition & Live Set: Dasha Rush
Solo Performance: Valentin Tszin
Creative Dancers: Alistair Wroe, Angelo Petracca, Annalise Van Even, Aya Nakagawa, Davide Troiani, Georgia Bettens, Gianna DiGirolamo, Hollie Dorman, Jemima Rose Dean, Lorenzo Savino, Lydia Toompere, Lysandre Coutu-Sauvé, Madeleine White, Maria Chroni, Marta Antinucci, Matilde Bassetti, Rima Baransi, Ross Martinson
Lights: Michał Andrysiak
Vocals: Emre Zaim Demirtas
Visuals: Stanislav Glazov
Costumes: UY Studio
Production: Leo Beck, Dominika Wiśniewska
Video Trailer: Petros Kolotouros
Photography: Irma Fs for Vogue Magazine,  Nadia Morozewicz for Sleek Magazine, Frank R. Schröder for iHeartBerlin

ZONE was produced by fashion-label and art platform, UY studio, as part of their fifth anniversary at Halle am Berghain, Berlin, curated by Helena Eleonora Rönnmark, and in artistic collaboration with sound composer and established Dj, Dasha Rash, Butoh and performance artist, Valentin Tzin, and body-mind researches and choreographers, Matan Zamir and Gal Naor (The progressive wave).

A Midsummer Night’s Dream 

A Midsummer Night’s Dream 

Premiere: March 16th, 2018 at Ballhaus Ost, Berlin.

When language loses its meaning, bodies collide. A dream becomes a reality, and reality becomes a dream. In a night full of desires and love, the innermost secrets rage outwards.

In this unique production, Possible World ensemble explores together with The progressive wave, the potential of language as an action in space. Emerging from the written text of William Shakespeare and its translation to German Sign Language, into the expansion of a dreamy queer version of the play. Making use of Bharatanatyam choreography and body language, the piece is mixing Sign Language with a robust physical approach.

The cast consists of ten Deaf and hearing performers. This international ensemble challenges the traditional Western boundaries of language and literature.

The piece is accessible to both hearing and Deaf audiences.

Direction: Michaela Caspar
Choreography: The progressive wave / Gal Naor & Matan Zamir
Creative Performers: Anka Böttcher, Brian Duffy, Emilia von Heiseler, Eyk Kauly, Athina Lange, Peter Marty, Gal Naor, Okan Seese, Anne Zander, Wille F. Zante
Translation to German Sign-Language: Eyk Kauly, Wille F. Zante, Corinna Brenner
Bharatanatyam Choreography: Rajyashree Ramesh
Scenography: Jan-Peter E.R. Sonntag
Costumes: Gabriele Wischmann
Visual Vernacular: Brian Duffy
Video: Jens Kupsch
Light Design: Fabian Eichner
Director Assistant: Max Neu
Production Manager: Daniel Schrader

A production of Possible World e. V. in cooperation with Ballhaus Ost, Berlin. Funded by Aktion Mensch, Vinci Foundation and the Herbert-Grünewald-Foundation.

Science of Signs

Gif by iHeartBerlin

Science of Signs Performance Trilogy 

In 2016, together with the support of ID Festival Berlin, The progressive wave had embarked on working their interdisciplinary performance trilogy, Science of Signs.

This theatric triptych, presented in three correlating chapters, is exploring the relations between science, performance, and spiritual studies, and structuring unique dramaturgical modules to examine juxtapositions and overlaps between religious motifs, traditional elements, and cultural references from around the globe.

Making use of various written, spoken and signed languages, cameras, 3D video-mapping, and the execution of live audio-visual experiments, the trilogy is exploring the common ground of humankind. It aims to reveal the similarities and connections of different nations, cultures, and beliefs, and shapes an innovative translation to coded universal knowledge.

This interdisciplinary spectacle gives prominence to the work of Art as to a work of Translation and instructs to question the spiritual and educative roles of Performance-Art in today’s culture, basing its philosophical searches in the heart of all experience, which is familiar to all human beings.

Science of Signs performance trilogy strives to adopt a comprehensive approach towards both esoteric and mainstreamed religious doctrines and spiritual theories to examine their relevance in contemporary society, traveling between the now, the ancient, and the futuristic.

Science of Signs I: Lights & Vessels

Science of Signs II: Oráculo