Thursday April 7th, 20:00

Thursday Evening Improvisation



10 Eur / 05 Eur*
*sliding scale/
pay what you can afford


Geraldo Si, David Leahy, Clayton Thomas

Thursday Evening Improvisation

"The action leads to the idea, the interaction shows the way.
To do! We do: not the things we had in mind. We just “do”!
The action is the point of departure, the legitimisation and the catalyst of as well the start as the development of the presentation. The different appliances as music, dance and picture take over each other's strategy“.


SichtLautKontrabaesse  is a playfull interaction between  musicians, dancers and double basses. Through improvisation of music, movement and space, the performers allow the energy from each instant to fuel a performance full of life, spontaneity and humour.

SichtLautTrio breaks with the constraints of conventional composition and choreography, and instead works in a world of improvisation. Where each element is free to influence another. Where the room itself becomes an integral part of the performance with even the most mundane facet of the environment being a possible focus for inspiration.


Geraldo Si began his dance career in 1981 with Pantanaliadança, Brazil, after having been taking dance classes for three years. In São Paulo, he worked as dancer and actor with Antonio Abujamra, Geraldo Thomas, Penha de Souza, the Teatro Brasileiro de Dança, Marzipan Dance Cia amongst others. In 1990 Si came to Germany to join the Wuppertaler Tanztheater led by Pina Bausch, where he danced as a soloist for four years. Subsequently he collaborated with Raimund Hoghe (“Geraldos solo” in 1996 and “Tanzgeschichten” in 2003), Stephanie Thiersch, Healing Theatre Köln, rodolpho leoni dance, Vera Sander Art Connect and Cocoondance. In 1996 Si founded x.x.y. theater in Wuppertal and directed several of its productions. He is also artistic director of Sommertanz Junge Talente a dance theatre project for the youth, that was a pilotscheme from the Kunststiftung NRW from 2003 till 2005. Inspired by the collaboration with Suprapto Suryodarmo, for the past twelve years Geraldo Si has focused most of his work on improvisation and the concept of “growing through movement”. Si also regularly gives workshops for improvisation in Europe, Asia and South America. In 2002 he initiated an on going series of events „SichtLaut“. On these performance evening dancers, actors, visual artists and musicians experiment within the borders of improvisation.


David Leahy is trained as a classical double bass player at Victoria University of Wellington (1990 - 1992) in New Zealand, David Leahy embarked on a musical journey that went from Irish and folk music through to jazz, original singer/songwriter material and various forms of world music. To a unique musical world based very much on improvising (not jazz) which fuses all his musical experiences. After arriving in the UK in 1998, David concentrated his energy more towards free improvisation and very quickly became a recognised member of the London improvised music scene, Playing with people like Evan Parker, Lol Coxhill, Louis Moholo, Pat Thomas, John Russell and many more. He has been a member of the London Improvisers Orchestra since 2000 and most of the recordings of this group have included a conduction by David. He has conducted other improvising ensembles in Spain, Belgium and Germany.
His passion for improvisation generally has lead him to expand his own practice away from his instrument, to incorporate movement and improvised performance theatre. He now performs regularly as a musician/mover with noted artists around Europe such as Geraldo Si (Germany), Claire Filmon (Paris) and SoFT (UK) Like Angeline, David also works for Creative Partnerships delivering training within the education sector on creative practices that can enhance classroom teaching, a lot of which stems from his experience and a performer working with improvisation.


Clayton Thomas is a double bassist and grass roots organiser working in the broad spectrum of improvised and experimental music. He is Australian, but lives in Berlin. I'm trying to work out a physical activity equally engaged in electronic and acoustic music aesthetics, while maintaining the kind of transitional and transformative energy of the music that changed my life. I draw inspiration from creative music of all eras, happily learning from and engaging with improvisers, sound artists, composers and thinkers alive and kicking in the 21st century. I have been inspired and pushed by many great musicians, but would especially thank my first teachers Wilber Morris and Peter Kowald, and Jon Rose, Jim Denley, Andrew Meisel, Cooper-Moore, Tony Buck and Hollis Taylor for doing some real work on the topic.