makes performances emerging from the collaborative work of choreographer Maya M. Carroll and composer Roy Carroll.
They create work that is unflinchingly sensual, characterised by an almost molecular tactility encountering fantastic viscerality.
The Instrument works in close collaboration with a diverse circle of artists, taking an integrated approach that radiates outwards
from a clear movement and sound aesthetic, permeating all aspects of the work, scenography, lighting design, graphic and visual art.
Maya and Roy have been working together since 2006,
creating over 30 works for the stage. They formed The Instrument in 2011.
They are Berlin based while devising and presenting work internationally.
is an independent choreographer, performer, mentor and teacher, based in Berlin since 2004.
In the past seventeen years Maya has created works from solo to extended group pieces;
collaborating and presenting work with dancers, visual artists, poets, musicians, actors, opera singers,
stage and light designers in Europe and worldwide. Maya has been making dance independently
as well as commissioned to create work for state theatres, companies and dance academies.
"I see my choreographic work as an embodied expression of human dreams and longings.
Through encounters with people and places in my life; I have been touched by stories, poetry, imagery and sound.
I recognize a world, a universe that is being created in the pieces which is a place of listening,
questioning and exposing human conditions through immersion.
In the profound act of creating / performing, there is intimacy, vulnerability and human affinity that surface.
A language of gestures, motion and composition becomes both a subject and an object to behold.
The imagination that carries one in and through the piece invites detail and atmosphere to speak and be read as if they were texts, symbols.
In that language, I find myself dancing with elements that attract, threaten, concern, fascinate and intrigue me.
Many of the themes I work with capture states of solitude that come from an individual and universal seeking of a deeper connection
to the mystery and reality of self, other/s and to nature."
Between 1997-2000 Maya danced in Muza dance company, Tel-Aviv, Israel.
She collaborated with choreographer Lara Barsacq over five years (Tel-Aviv - Paris).
Between 2000-2003 Maya danced in Batsheva Ensemble company, directed by Ohad Naharin.
She also danced works choreographed by Anat Danieli, Sharon Eyal and Arkadi Zaides to name a few.
In 2005 Maya joined Research Project with Sasha Waltz & Guests in Berlin.
Since 2013 she collaborates with choreographer and director Julyen Hamilton.
She has been part of his company Allen's Line
and performed in the pieces;
Goat Ocean, Mud Like Gold, The Light Beneath ReachesBURST! and Thirst.
Roy Carroll is an Irish musician and composer, based in Berlin.
He works primarily with electroacoustic media; which encompasses transducers, synthesis, feedback, audio recordings, amplification, software, - auditory and psychoacoustic phenomena even.
With these materials, Carroll instigates processes that ruthlessly investigate timbre, articulation, gesture, form and so on.
His self-made devices and instruments span the entire timbral spectrum.
Carroll's work takes the atomic particles of music making, traverses acoustic preparations and extended techniques;
and collides with signal processing and amplification. Feedback, the horror of an instrument hearing itself,
is a recurring component of Carroll's work, creating multi-layered forms that continually
renegotiate the transformation of electrical audio signals into disturbed air. Collaborations include
The Instrument, Paroxysm, The Monophonic Havel, Splitter Orchester, Voutchkova/Thieke/Carroll, Hamilton Carroll.
The Instrument composition classes offer a tactile and musing practice, articulating the body with time, space
and the imagination. The classes engage with composition in real time, encouraging flow, precision and bodily wisdom
as a pathway to dance making and performance. Involving attentiveness, musicality, collective and personal awareness;
the work deepens a sense of presence, choice and vision, and highlights the interplay between movement and image.
Joining these elements in the process of dance making, the practice takes its fascination in relationships between
human beings, environments and choreographic narratives.
In workshops, we extend these elements and deepen the study within three main themes:
Embodying Musicality - which places a focus on the relationship between rhythm, sound and
harmony and the moving / dancing body.
Transfiguring Space- in which we study space through the kinesthetic and
conscious abilities of the moving body and mind, as an integrated subject in choreography and performance.
Dance Composition and Aliveness -in which we investigate the depth of our (theatrical) presence, attentiveness and
hunger for imagination as performance makers.
Maya leads classes / workshops in Berlin and internationally on a regular basis.
In the past fourteen years Maya has been a guest teacher at HZT University (Berlin),
Staatstheater Kassel (Johannes Wieland), Theater Greifswald (Jan Pusch),
Impulstanz (Vienna), Fabrik Potsdam, Carte Blanche (Bergen), CND Lyon, CNSMD Lyon,
CCNR Rillieux (Cie Yuval Pick), Le Pacifique / CDC (Grenoble), Kelim Choreography Center (Israel)
and SEAD Academy (Salzburg) to name a few.
Roy and Maya also conduct workshops together, in which they engage their collaborative experience
within a process of group learning and dancing with live sound / music.
Dock 11 (Berlin)
Plateau Gallery (Berlin)
Akademie der Künste (Berlin)
Lake Studio (Berlin)
PACT Zollverein (Essen)
Theater Vorpommern (Greifswald)
Projekt Theater (Dresden)
Random Collision (Groningen)
C de la B Studio (Ghent)
La Société des Curiosités (Paris)
Cite Danse (Grenoble)
Teatro Quirino (Rome)
Teatro Elfo Puccini (Milan)
Republic Theater (Salzburg)
Project Arts Centre (Dublin)
Divadlo Ponec (Prague)
George Apostu Cultural Center (Bacau, Romania)
Studio des Hérideaux (Lyon)
Polychorosket Theater (Athens)
Garage 21 (Corfu)
Teatro Waldemar Henrique (Belém, Brazil)
Tmuna Theater (Tel-Aviv, Israel)
Suzanne Dellal Centre (Tel- Aviv, Israel)
Acco Theater (Acco, Israel)
Kelim (Tel-Aviv, Israel)
LSPU hall (St. John's, Canada)
Pyramid Club (Wellington, New Zealand)
Tanz im August (Berlin)
Poesie Festival Berlin
Quirino Revolution (Rome)
ITs Festival (Amsterdam)
Interface Festival (Görlitz)
OutNow Festival (Bremen)
ACT Festival (Bilbao)
March Hare Festival (Tel Aviv)
Curtain Up Festival (Tel Aviv)
Soun D ance Festival (Berlin)
Morsi 2016 (Milan)
MILANoLTRE Festival (Milan)
Mirabilia Festival (Fossano)
Testri di Vetro (Rome)
Fiera di Tàrrega (Tàrrega)
Teatro Santa Giulia (Brescia)
Spazio Electa (Terramo)
Cia. de Investigação Cênica (Belém, Brazil)
Festival of New Dance (St. John's, Canada)