x / groove space

  • Choreographed and Conceived by Sebastian MATTHIAS
  • Photo: Katja Illner, Design: Shinpei Onishi

German choreographer Sebastian Matthias illuminates the groove generated by a city and its inhabitants in his groove space series, started in 2014. In the latest edition, Matthias will present an installation and sound performance in collaboration with three contemporary Japanese artists, based on his research in Tokyo and Dusseldorf. Thrown into a theater space with no seating, the audience and the performers explore one another's boundaries in the production of groove.


Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre (Theatre East)
  • 11.3 (Thu) 19:00
  • 11.4 (Fri) 19:00
  • 11.5 (Sat) 13:00*
  • 11.6 (Sun) 12:00/17:00
  • *Post-show talk
90 min.


*There is no audience seating. Advance: ¥3,500 / Day: ¥4,000 / Other tickets available

Cast / Staff

Choreographed and Conceived by Sebastian Matthias
Visual Artists Atsuhiro Ito (light and sound installation), Masaru Iwai (video installation) , Yoko Seyama (kinetic sculptures, costumes)
Producer Sebastian Matthias
Co-produced by tanzhaus nrw, Festival/Tokyo, Goethe-Institut Tokyo, Tanz im August 2016 and Sophiensæle
Supported by the NATIONALES PERFORMANCE NETZ (NPN) Coproduction Fund for Dance, which is funded by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media on the basis of a decision by the German Bundestag as well as by the Kunststiftung NRW, the Ministry for Family, Children, Youth, Culture and Sport of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia, the Arts and Culture Foundation of the Sparkasse Düsseldorf and Japan Foundation.
Endorsed by Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in Japan
Produced in association with Goethe-Institut
Presented by Festival/Tokyo

Artist Profile

Sebastian Matthias


Sebastian Matthias studied dance at the Juilliard School in New York and gained a MA in Dance Studies from the Free University in Berlin. His choreography is based on modular improvisation systems which he develops together with his dancers in freelance productions, such as at Kampnagel and Sophiensaele, or institutions like Theater Luzern and Cullberg Ballet. From 2014 to 2016, he has been a Factory Artist at tanzhaus nrw in Düsseldorf.