Vibrant Matter is a performance company with a focus on choreography, sound and the ecological.
The company’s name is inspired, among others, by the book entitled “Vibrant Matter: A political ecology of things” by Jane Bennett, who is happy for us to use that name, and with whom’s oeuvre our work stands in affinity.
Founded in 2020, the company is built around the work of Tania Soubry and collaborators, and functions as a platform and host with the following goals:
– Trans-disciplinary research, workshops, conversations and exchanges.
– Collaborations with individuals, artists and institutions.
– The creation, production, diffusion and communication of artistic work.
– Social and environmental engagement
Team & collaborators
Artistic Director and choreographer: Tania Soubry
Full bio here.
Dramaturge: Alexandra Baybutt
Alexandra Baybutt (PhD, CMA, RSME) works as an artist, cultural researcher and somatic movement educator internationally since 2004. She has worked with Tania Soubry as dramaturg since 2019 on Brave (k)new Rave, Soul-Scapes and currently on Dj Whimsy. She is based at University College London in the interdisciplinary Institute of Advanced Studies, undertaking a postdoctoral research fellowship (until Sept 2022) in embodiment and equity. Her work has been supported, amongst others, by Greenwich Dance, Theatre Delicatessen, Bellyflop, The Lisa Ullmann Travelling Scholarship Fund, ERASMUS+ and the British Council.
Musician: Michael Picknett
Michael Picknett is a London based composer, technician and performer specialising in music for dance, stage and film, throughout the UK and beyond. He works closely with directors and choreographers throughout the creative process to create scores that grow as the project evolves. Michael is interested in tactility and presence in performance, and this is reflected in his sound design – often using sounds on the edge of perception, or creating moving sound through multi-speaker set-ups. As a composer, his interest is in exploring the acoustic worlds of the artists he works with, weaving texture and noise through pitch and harmony. He trained at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama gaining both a masters and a doctorate in music composition. In 2016 he was made Artist in Residence at TripSpace in London, UK.
Dancer / performer: Laura Doehler
Laura Doehler is a dance artist that choses improvisation and performance as the format to observe change and provide tools to integrate an embodiment that shapes social and environmental connectivity. She initiates collective processes via Exit Map, a non profit body she founded and is director of. Exit Map serves to install a fluid and sensitive connectivity between self and other and does so via choreographic works and events people can participate in and/ or witness. The shedding of boundaries of self and other and the integration of performance and practice as part of everyday life are recurring themes. Laura currently works with and performs for performance artist Mary Pearson (US/UK/DE) and has, in the recent past, performed for dance theatre companies h2dance (UK/ SE), Codigodance (P) and Perform(d)ance (DE). She teaches movement analysis and contemporary dance at the National School of Circus Arts London, the Conservatoire of Music and Dance Trinity Laban and as guest lecturer at the Central School of Speech and Drama, London. Her teachings in Contact Improvisation took her to Turkey, Cyprus, Portugal, Netherlands, France, Germany and the Czech Republic.
Dancer / performer: Pepa Ubera
Pepa Ubera is a Spanish dancer, choreographer and curator based in London. Her choreographic and curatorial work is deeply related to her interest in social choreography and audience interaction and is intrinsically collaborative. She is involved in several strong international networks and often works with an international team of collaborators.In her interdisciplinary practise she has been working with sound, video, light, creating works for galleries, theatre and site-responsive spaces as well as curating performance events. Her current research explores narratives of progress/success in relation to the sensual body, the non-human and technology. From 2013-2015 she was a core member of TripSpace Projects. She co-curated PART-TY at BRUT Vienna, a continuation of the work with artists met at Impulstanz through two DanceWeb scholarships. In 2016 she curated and performed in The Palest Light as a Wild Card event at Sadler’s Wells (SW), signalling the evolution of a strong ongoing partnership from her time as a SW Summer University 2015-2018 artist. In winter 2019 Dance4 brokered a residency for her at Critical Path in Sydney Australia, during which time she laid the foundations for CHARCO and The Machine of Horizontal Dreams. She also undertook a residency at TasDance Tasmania and a week of teaching with PPY Sydney Dance Company. In addition, Dance4 invited Ubera to be one of the UK delegates at DanceMassive Festival Melbourne. Ubera has presented work in venues such as Sadlers Wells, Tate Modern, The Place, ICA, Barbican, Critical Path, Matucana100 and the Hayward Gallery. She is a Sadlers Wells Summer University artist (2015-2018) and runs Kimera Studio in London.
Graduated in energy and environmental engineering, currently a dancer, performer and choreographer, Henrique Furtado Vieira lives in Lisbon. He carried out his artistic training in several French institutions (INSA Lyon, Extensions – CDC Toulouse, Prototype II and Dialogues III – Royaumont abbey). He develops his artistic practice mainly between choreographic creation and collaboration as a performer with various artists such as Bleuène Madelaine, Eric Languet, Aurélien Richard, Céline Cartillier, Tino Sehgal, Salomé Lamas, Ana Renata Polónia, André Uerba, Sofias Dias & Vítor Roriz and Vera Mantero. From time to time, he dedicates himself to research, pedagogy and writing in relation to dance, in different contexts and through multiple partnerships (O Rumo do Fumo, Unlock Dancing Plaza, Ballet Contemporâneo do Norte, festival END…), and more recently he has been involved as a dramaturg in the choreographies of Nicolas Hubert (Compagnie Épiderme) and Giulia Arduca (Compagnie Ke Kosa).
His works are often created in synergy with other artists such as Bibi Ha Bibi, with Aloun Marchal, or Stand still you ever-moving spheres of heaven, with Chiara Taviani. In his shows / performances, the overlapping of styles and genres, the vocal presence in dance and the space(s) of imagination have a prominent place.
He has collaborated and presented his work in institutions such as Aerowaves, CDC Toulouse, Göteborg Theater and Dance Festival, Roma Europa Festival, DNA Network, Porto Municipal Theater, Temps d’Image Festival, Espaço do Tempo, CCB, among others.
Lighting designer: Marc Thein
Born and raised in Luxembourg, Marc Thein chose a rather unusual way to find his passion. He studied tourism management in Brussels, came back to Luxembourg and started to work in the event business. His interest for color and light grew with time and he started to concentrate more and more on working with lights. The self-thought lighting designer makes his mark while working in venues and theaters in Luxembourg and Germany. Currently with the director and composer Heiner Goebbels, the electro-pop band Say Yes Dog and the luxembourgish actor and director Max Thommes.
President : Laura Doehler
Bio under team & collaborators above.
Vice-President : Alexandra Baybutt
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Treasurer: Gary Diderich
Gary Diderich is experienced in the creation and management of associations in Luxembourg. In 1999 he organised in collaboration with Tania the “LIFE Project – Nature and Culture” in the KUFA, which constituted the founding moment of “LIFE, the ecoCreActive Plattform”. It was a moment of artistic creation as well as a politically engaged festival, such as through exploring forms of self-organisation, a theme that guided Gary’s involvement in many other associations (Ratelach, Infoladen, Queesch, Jugend fir Fridden a Gerechtegkeet, 4motion). Gary studied philosophy during his Bachelor on European Cultures. Professionally active as a facilitator, trainer and consultant for groups, organisations and cities, Gary contributes his experience to the development of Vibrant Matter.
Secretary: Chantal Sabattini
Chantal Sabattini is an art teacher in Luxembourg. She studied fine art in Strasbourg, made theatre costumes in Metz, and is learning classical guitar and singing.