Photo by Bobby Collins

Science of Signs Methodology

“The Western way of thinking replicates a symptom in our everyday life. This is the main primary structure of the ego; to forget, to ignore and to turn the back to the tendency of the ‘other’, which is omnipresent in our lives. How do the language barriers design the conversation with the ‘other’? Is it possible to transcend beyond these boundaries and if so, how?” (Dr. Hagi Canaan, Tel-Aviv University Philosophy Lecturer, referring to the concept of “Radical Otherness” by the French philosopher, Emmanuel Levinas).

Verbal/written communication is a common human way to process information. Yet language, as a net of pre-agreed signs, is binding us to certain boundaries.

Dance, as a non-agreed physical language, is a way to explore and celebrate individual forms of expression.

When we learn to let go of the cognitive grasp in language, we enter a new space where we can enhance our inner senses and reconnect to our personal non-verbal attention.

When we are open to a dialogue with another physical language, we are inviting our subconscious to take an active part in the process of understanding the other.

In the workshop, we will share our artistic practice which is devoted to an extreme physical exploration that is in constant correspondence with philosophical and spiritual teachings. Improvisation will be used as a strategy to unlearn the habits of the mind.

We will investigate the borders between knowing and not knowing, states of awareness, abstraction and intention, stillness and physical activity to expand the way we perceive our bodies. We will allow ourselves to gradually return to our natural, organic state of sensitive openness. As a result, we learn to feel and move our bodies in a way that is consistent with our new understandings and embody those understandings in our practice to dissolve the beliefs in distance and separation.

The progressive wave is a collaborative project formed by dancer and choreographer, Matan Zamir, along with Sign-Language interpreter and theatre-maker, Gal Naor. Together they will share their unique working methods and invite the participants to peel-off some cognitive layers in order to discover new ways of expression and attention.

Science of Signs Methodology Workshop is an inclusive space welcoming mixable artists, dancers, actors, musicians and people with and without experience in performing arts. We open the door to those who wish to deepen the connection to their body and creative mind. The workshop can be accessible to the Deaf by simultaneous Sign-Language interpretation.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream 

Photo by Dieter Hartwig

World premiere: March 16th, 2018 at Ballhaus Ost, Berlin.

William Shakespeares Ein Sommernachtstraum ist ein über 400 Jahre altes Verwirrspiel der Menschen, ihrer Körper, ihrer Sprachen, Träume und Gefühle. In einem Palast und einem Wald zur Sommersonnenwende, wohin Liebende vor den Gesetzen der städtischen Gesellschaft flüchten, Feen und Menschen sich begegnen und das bis dahin überschaubare, wohlgeordnete Leben aus seiner Fassung gerät. Sprache verliert hier ihren Sinn, Körper prallen aufeinander. Traum wird zur Wirklichkeit und Wirklichkeit wird zum Traum. In einer Nacht voller Begierden und Liebe tobt sich das Innerste nach außen.
In seiner aktuellen Produktion erforscht das Ensemble Possible World das Potenzial von Sprache als Aktion im Raum. Die Ausgangspunkte sind der Stücktext von William Shakespeare und Deutsche Gebärdensprache. Das Ensemble besteht aus sechs gehörlosen und zwei hörenden Darstellern sowie zwei Codas (Children of deaf adults). Da Gehörlose in einer visuell-kinästhetischen Weise kommunizieren, die der hörenden Welt ungewohnt erscheint, fordert das international besetzte Ensemble die traditionellen westlichen Grenzen von Sprache und Literatur heraus.

Possible World wurde 2009 von Michaela Caspar und Till Nikolaus von Heiseler gegründet und zeigt mit Ein Sommernachtstraum seine vierte Produktion im Ballhaus Ost.

Für hörendes und gehörloses Publikum, in BodySignLanguage.

Regie: Michaela Caspar
Choreographie: The progressive wave / Gal Naor & Matan Zamir
Mit: Anka Böttcher, Brian Duffy, Emilia von Heiseler, Eyk Kauly, Athina Lange, Peter Marty, Gal Naor, Okan Seese, Anne Zander, Wille F. Zante
Übertragung in Deutsche Gebärdensprache: Eyk Kauly, Wille F. Zante, Corinna Brenner
Bharatanatyam-Choreographie: Rajyashree Ramesh
Raum, Komposition, Fotografie: Jan-Peter E.R. Sonntag
Kostüme: Gabriele Wischmann
Visual Vernacular: Brian Duffy
Video: Jens Kupsch
Dramaturgische Beratung: Till Nikolaus von Heiseler
Lichtdesign: Fabian Eichner
Regie- und Bühnenbildassistenz: Max Neu
Produktionsleitung: Daniel Schrader

Eine Produktion von Possible World e. V. in Kooperation mit dem Ballhaus Ost. Gefördert durch Aktion Mensch, die Vinci Stiftung und die Herbert-Grünewald-Stiftung.

Science of Signs

Gif by iHeartBerlin

Performance Trilogy

Presented in three correlating chapters, this theatric triptych is exploring the relations between science, performance and philosophy. The progressive wave (Gal Naor and Matan Zamir) are structuring unique dramaturgical modules to examine juxtapositions and overlaps between religious motifs, traditional elements and cultural references.

Making use of written, spoken and signed languages, live cameras, 3D video-mapping and the execution of live audio-visual experiments, “Science of Signs” performance trilogy is an alluring performative score which shapes an innovative translation to coded universal knowledge.


Science of Signs I: Lights & Vessels

Science of Signs II: Oráculo

Lights & Vessels

Science of Signs I: Lights & Vessels
a dance lecture performance by the progressive wave

World premiere: October 21st, 2016 in the frame of ID festival, Berlin.

In a mindful laboratory, a sign language interpreter operates a mystery: What is the language above all languages and what universal messages are echoing through it?

Lights & Vessels is the first chapter in the progressive wave’s performance trilogy Science of Signs. This narrated solo piece aims to uncover a thought provoking outlook on the teachings of Kabbalah wisdom, suggesting an up to date interpretation of the sacred tongue.

A scientific solo piece about the metaphysics of love.

Concept/Choreography/Performance: Gal Naor
Co-artsitic Direction/Dramaturgy: Matan Zamir
Stage/Light/Video Design and Technical Direction: Marc Jungreithmeier
Original Music Composition: Ori Alboher
Costume Design: Don Aretino
Production Management: Ann-Christin Görtz
Text Transcription: Bennet Togler 
Production Assistant: Lilla Roma Weisselberg, Jessica Comis
Promotion Photography and Video Teaser: Shira Kela

Lights & Vessels is a production of The progressive wave in co-production with ID Festival (Berlin) and with the support of Tanzlabor 21 (Frankfurt), Radialsystem V, Sasha Waltz & Guests, Heilehaus and Diamond Freddie (Berlin).


Photos: Ruthe Zuntz 


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