WHAT Remains 2016
My name is Janez Janša
Matthias Sperling investigates the work of Slovenian artists Janez Janša, Janez Janša and Janez Janša by presenting a screening of their film ‘My name is Janez Janša’, which documents their collective act of legally changing their names to that of the then Slovenian president in 2007. Following the screening, Sperling invites other festival artists to join him in discussing what it reveals about the notion of ‘the anatomy of an artist’ and what its relevance is to choreographic practices. Sperling proposes that it hinges on the fact that, like choreography, a name is something that bridges body and meaning.
Matthias Sperling is an artist, choreographer and performer born in Canada and based in London. His work has been presented at Tate Modern, Tate Britain, Southbank Centre, Royal Opera House, Dance Umbrella, Nottdance and Springdance (NL). He is a frequent collaborator with Siobhan Davies, together with whom he has created and presented works at the ICA, Whitechapel, Hayward, Tramway and Turner Contemporary galleries. He was an Associate Artist with Dance4 (2007-2015) and is the winner of a Bonnie Bird New Choreography Award (2008).