Studio laborgras presents The Intrument

May 17th, 20:00 h

Studio laborgras presents

The Instrument performing The Needle

Maya M. Carroll, Julyen Hamilton
Double Bass:
Miles Perkin
Computer, Loudspeakers:
Roy Carroll
Sarah Marguier & Arthur Stäldi


Tickets: 10/5 sliding scale

Studio laborgras presents The Intrument with The Needle

The Instrument

The Instrument is an open structure standing for the collaborative work of Maya M. Carroll (née Lipsker), Roy Carroll, Sarah Marguier, formed in Berlin in 2011. Maya and Roy have created work together in diverse contexts ranging from fully supported state-theatre productions to smaller scale local self-productions, both in Berlin and Germany and further afield such as Prague, Athens, Dublin, Groningen, Rome, Naples, Tel Aviv. They met Sarah Marguier in Berlin in 2011 and began their first collaboration with the creation of Magic Valley.

Since 2006 Maya and Roy have been constantly developing their exchange, integrating several other artists and collaborators and have created over ten pieces. Collectively and separately- Carroll, Lipsker and Marguier's diverse activities encompass choreographic/composed work, improvisation based group performance, sound/scenographic installation and set/costume/visual art design. Based on a strong relationship with the use of musical and sound instruments, Maya has developed a movement practice which embodies the beingness of an instrument within a physical/concrete form. The idea of an instrument being played with the body, or the body being played as an instrument is what gave birth to the title. Roy's sound work is particular to the acoustic and physical reality of its performance space. Using 'denuded' loudspeakers, and various resonant and textured materials it integrates seamlessly with the choreography and scenography to create a self-contained universe.
Sarah's art work orients towards reused materials and the traces/ 'souvenirs' left by natural and artificial objects. Her designs involve poetry and decadence, evolving with freedom and sensitivity towards organic forms. Aware of the connection of materials to the life around them, her work imbues the objects with life resonance of their own.

Maya M. Carroll

Maya M. Carroll(née Lipsker) is a Berlin based choreographer, dancer and teacher. Since 2005 she has received artistic residencies at Dock11 Berlin, Studio laborgras Berlin, Kunstmühle Braunschweig, Kinitiras Studio Athens, Tyrone Guthrie Center Ireland and Random Collision Groningen to name a few. Maya has been invited to be a guest choreographer at theater-dance companies in Germany and Europe, creating short up to full evening pieces. In 2011 Maya formed The Instrument collective with composer Roy Carroll and designer Sarah Marguier. Her work has toured in Germany, Italy, Spain, Ireland, France, Romania, Holland, and Greece. Since she is based in Berlin, Maya has been leading workshops on a regular basis, as well as open classes and company guest training all over Europe. Her compositional and choreographic language is continuously researched and shared in her class.

Dance background: Maya danced three years in the BatSheva-Ensemble Company (2000-2003) and worked with choreographer Lara Barsacq (1999-2004) as well as with Ohad Naharin, Sasha Waltz and Arkadi Zeides to name a few.

Melanie Lane

Julyen Hamilton, has been making dances, directing and teaching for the past 30 years. He was born in England, then lived in Amsterdam and now is based in Girona, Spain. In 1984 he was awarded the 'Zilveren Dansprijs' by the VSCD in Holland. Trained in a period of experimentation in London in the mid-70s , he has constantly made work from a radical point of view. His work, both in company and solo, develops dance for the theatre where dancers and light designer are directed to compose pieces instantly, a process of practising improvisation in rehearsal and in the moment of performance. Hamilton creates his own personal language where movement and text constantly intertwine and are passed amongst the performers as a way of manifesting the sharing of the imagination. He is also invited to play with musicians, to choreograph for other dancers and to collaborate with other directors. Since 1990 he has made more than 100 solos which have been seen all over the world. They are a highly original interplay between dance, live text and light. His teaching work comes straight from the stage experience; it goes deeply into the compositional aspects of creativity through the areas of the physical body, space, time, dramaturgy and voice. His label Blue Dog DVDs produces videos of his performances on dvd.

Miles Perkin (b.1980) is a Canadian musician from Brandon, Manitoba. A bassist, composer, improvisor, songwriter and interpreter with a strong focus on using improvisation as a tool which maintains, respects and enhances compositional structures. He uses a unique combination of conventional, extended and invented techniques along with unconventional tools to coax a vast palate of sounds from his double bass.

Roy Carroll

Roy Carroll is a composer musician born in Dublin, living in Berlin. His work explores the physicality of music through provoking and investigating kinetic interactions between electrically reproduced audio and acoustically generated sound. Performances use denuded loudspeakers, resonant objects, textured materials, feedback loops and general instability. Compositional struggles are similarly focused but with some consideration for repeatibility. Roy is part of The Instrument, with choreographer Maya Lipsker and scenographer Sarah Marguier. Composition studies with Roger Doyle and Donnacha Dennehy culminated in an M-Phil from Trinity College Dublin.

Sarah Marguier

Sarah Marguier born In Paris studied costume and art at les Arts décos de Paris. Studied one year as an exchange program student in the department of Costume at the School Art Institute of Chicago. One of her primary motives is researching costume and set design as an independent platform and language, continually questioning and further developing the state of research in creation. Sarah undertakes this in exchange with dancers, choreographers, set designers and practitioners of others artistic disciplines. Her work focuses on the concept of reused materials, the traces and the souvenirs left by objects and the creative freedom that is found in organic forms and life around them. Sarah is currently based in Berlin as a freelance costume and set designer.