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Sergiu Matis
Extinction Room (Hopeless.)

Sergiu Matis

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  • Live performance
  • Jardin Vauban
  • 1h45
  • UTOPIA - lille3000
  • Free on reservation

Extinction Room (Hopeless.)

Extinction Room (Hopeless.) tells the stories of a disappearing nature. A poignant performative installation, which makes us hear and feel the effects of the climate crisis on living species.

Through a soundscape of bird songs and cries, developed in collaboration with composer AGF (alias Antye Greie), three performers tell the story of these extinct or endangered species. Between sound installation and dance performance, between scientific narratives and myths, Extinction Room (Hopeless.) brings the question of mass extinction caused by global warming to a sensitive level. Carried by these stories, the performers lead us into an immersive experience that questions past, present and future losses.


Accessibility information:
Texts spoken in French and English, written texts available in both languages


● Informations accessibilité :

Textes parlés en anglais, surtitrés en français



Sergiu Matis is a Romanian choreographer born in 1981 in Cluj-Napoca. He received his dance training at the Liceul de Coregra e in Cluj and at the Mannheima Dance Academy, and started his career at the Tanztheater Nuremberg. He has lived and worked in Berlin since 2008, creating his own works such as Keep It Real (2013), Explicit Content (2015), Neverendings (2017), Hopeless. (2019) and UNREST (2021). Her dance practice could be seen as a relentless search through the corporeal and digital archives, to place a critical lens on what has been taken away, to rescue what was presumed lost and to reinvent what was not documented. The accumulation of history serves as an old map, which becomes a starting point towards the revelation of a new dance imaginary. His work shatters preconceived ideas and reflects the upheavals of our time.


Concept and choreography: Sergiu Matis
Choreographic collaboration: Martin Hansen, Manon Parent
Performance: Lisanne Goodhue, Sergiu Matis, Emma Tricard
Sound installation and composition: AGF aka Antye Greie
Text: Philip Ingman, Sergiu Matis, Mila Pavićević
Species research: Philip Ingman
Dramaturgy: Mila Pavićević
Sound: Martin Lutz
Production management: Association 4Culture
Distribution: Danila-Freitag, Agentur für Performative Künste
Financed by the Capital Cultural Fund (HKF) of the Berlin Senate. Department of Culture and Europe of the Berlin Senate.
Co-produced by : 4Culture Association and WASP Studios. Co-financed by : AFCN – the National Administration of Cultural Funds (Romania), the Romanian Cultural Institute and the Europalia Art Festival (Belgium). Supported by: DIEHL+RITTER/TANZPAT RECONNECT, funded by the German Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and Media as part of the NEUSTART KULTUR initiative; apap – FEMINIST FUTURES – a project co-funded by the European Union’s Creative Europe programme; and ICI-CCN Montpellier – Occitanie as part of Life Long Burning (LLB) – Towards a Sustainable Eco-System for Contemporary Dance in Europe, supported by the European Union’s Creative Europe programme. The animal recordings are courtesy of the Macaulay Library at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the Xeno-canto Foundation.


With the support of Onda – Office national de diffusion artistique