This Is It

This Is It by Matthias Sperling, Photography by Tom Palliser 2011

Matthias Sperling

The invitation to create a solo for the first time in Candoco’s 20 year history immediately sparked a curiosity about how the power of the individual could be a choreographic subject. What, after all, is the individual or self? What if the boundaries of it are mobile rather than fixed? And what if we have the ability to move those boundaries through a constant process of negotiation and exchange with one another? If mind and body are the same physical entity, then isn’t this ongoing evolution of self ultimately a complex series of physical acts? What if all of me is only dancing when I am moving not just my muscles and bones, but also the boundaries of myself?

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Production Details

  • Year: 2011
  • Concept & Direction: Matthias Sperling
  • Choreography: Matthias Sperling in collaboration with Vicky Malin
  • Costume Designer: Jack Galloway
  • Costume Maker: Sabrina Cuniberto
  • Lighting Design: Sam Barrett
  • Dancer: Vicky Malin
  • Music: Scanner, Matthias Sperling, Vicky Malin – Available on iTunes (search for Vicky Malin ‘This is it’)

Matthias Sperling biography:

Originally from Canada, Matthias Sperling has been based in the UK since 1997 and is a Bonnie Bird New Choreography Award winner. His recent works have included commissions for Southbank Centre and Dance Umbrella, and he has collaborated and performed with Random Dance, Adventures in Motion Pictures and Siobhan Davies Dance. Sperling’s interest in neuroscience is exciting and parallels Candoco’s interest in understanding how people move differently and what triggers movement. His solo piece will mark a departure for Candoco and is a rare opportunity offering an intimate experience to audiences who tend to relate differently to a single performer on stage – acutely aware of their vulnerability, resources and singularity.

Vicky's Song:

You and I are here tonight You and I, we’re gonna make it right You and I will see it through You and I will make our dreams come true And this is the time When I’m gonna make you mine So open up your world, cause I’m comin in [Chorus] This is it Right now This is it We’re goin stratospheric Whoa oh oh oh oh, oho oho This is it Whoa oh This is it We’re goin overboard Right here right now Baby I’m, I’m giving you the sign Baby I, I wanna cross the line You and I, we’re going strong You and I are right where we belong And there’s nothing that’s stoppin us And we’re making up our minds I’m gonna steal through the night across your border [Chorus] [Instrumental] [Chorus] Performed by Vicky Malin Concept, lyrics and melody by Matthias Sperling Music and production by Scanner Commissioned by Candoco Dance Company