Ex Matrice Corpora

Lake Studios BERLIN



The piece focuses on the journey of the body into the world beginning with the conceiving. How the body is slowly introduced to what will always be a presence perceived at different levels of consciousness throughout the overall experience of life.

The relationship between the inside and the outside investigated from the deepest level of intimacy up to the formal relationship that funds the ‘solid’ basis of the world’s structure: the moral, the language, the image. Ex Matrice Corpora wants to take the audience into the dualism of the relationship between the inside and the outside of ourselves, of us, of the community, of the society, of the world.


La pieza se centra en el viaje del cuerpo al mundo comenzando con la concepción. Cómo el cuerpo se introduce lentamente en lo que siempre será una presencia percibida en diferentes niveles de conciencia a lo largo de la experiencia general de la vida.

La relación entre el interior y el exterior investigada desde el nivel más profundo de intimidad hasta la relación formal que funda la base ‘sólida’ de la estructura del mundo: la moral, el lenguaje, la imagen. Ex Matrice Corpora quiere llevar a la audiencia al dualismo de la relación entre el interior y el exterior de nosotros mismos, de nosotros, de la comunidad, de la sociedad, del mundo.


La performance si concentra sul viaggio del corpo nel mondo a partire dal concepimento. Il modo in cui il corpo viene introdotto lentamente a quella che sarà sempre una presenza percepita a diversi livelli di coscienza durante l’esperienza complessiva della vita.

Il rapporto tra il dentro e il fuori indagato dal livello più profondo di intimità fino al rapporto formale che fonda le basi ‘solide’ della struttura del mondo: la morale, il linguaggio, l’immagine. Ex Matrice Corpora vuole portare il pubblico nel dualismo del rapporto tra il dentro e il fuori di noi stessi, di noi, della comunità, della società, del mondo.

Ex Matrice Corpora

Cistifellea Collective

30 min

Original Idea, Technologist and Visual Design
Elena Tilli

Original Music and Sound Design
Liam Bellman-Sharpe

Performer and Coreography
Kate Slezak

Presented at:

Unfinished Fridays
Lake Studio Berlin
Berlin 2019

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Composer, pianist, guitarist and percussionist specialized in Jazz and Afro-Caribbean music. Creator of soundtracks for audiovisuals and performing arts.
Song writer.
Double degree in Jazz Piano from the Universidad Javeriana de Bogotá, Colombia and the Escuela Superior de Música de Catauña, Spain.

Nicolás is the co-founder of the Cistifellea Collective together with the director and stage designer Elena Tilli, in which he works as a sound designer, performer, and writer. His practice of improvisation and his capability to connect directly with the performers in real-time offers unique possibilities to the process. He also loves to experiment with what the participation of the public can offer to sound by developing specific tools for interaction and building custom-based small-scale instruments. By using software and electronic sounds, together with live played instruments, Nicolas allows himself a fullscale exploration that together with his wide versatility as a musician and composer, opens up a high level of complexity that translates into a beautiful, inspiring and sometimes provocative experience for the public.

Nicolas is also a singer-songwriter, leader, and manager of the independent musical project Yurgaki since 2005.

Composer and co-producer of the projects Candombe Tierra, Sones de Marimba, Chonta Dura, in Barcelona.
His work has been presented internationally in countries such as Ecuador, United States, France, Italy, Croatia, Romania, Ecuador, Morocco, Azerbaijan, Colombia and Spain.
Nicolás also works as an educator for children, youth and adults. He promotes Afro-Caribbean music around the world through concerts and workshops where he spreads various musical genres, disseminating traditional music and transforming it through his own compositions.



Elena is a multidisciplinary artist.

She insists on the body as the epicenter of scenic language while creating experiences for the spectator.

Elena is the co-founder of the Cistifellea Collective together with the musician Nicolas Cristancho, in which she directs, and builds scenery, machines, and media design. She is also a video designer in the theater and her collaborations have been seen at The Kitchen Theater in New York, at the Barichstaadt Opera in Munich, and in public theaters in Barcelona.

After graduating in mechanical engineering (MA), Elena completed her education at Yale School of Drama studying Technical Design and Production and Design for Theater. She completed the three years program held by Claudia Castellucci at Scuola Conia Raffaello Sanzio focused on the Theory of Scenic Representation.

Elena creates visual experiences combining elements of video, sound, and light for a variety of artistic applications. Her practice merges the research of the surrounding elements combined with curated improvisation to find new possibilities throughout the process, always guided by the commitment to find in the collaboration a unique and essential value.

In 2022 she received a scholarship from Daku, Berlin. She holds a scholarship from the Favoriten Festival (2022), Dortmund. She is a fellow of the Beyond Gravity project of Theater Im Depot, Dortmund. She is a fellow of the Digital Body program at the studio Lake Studios Berlin. In 2021 she receives a scholarship from the Akademie für Theater und Digitalität, Dortmund.
In 2019, Elena received the residency offered by Troikatronix-Isadora and LakeStudio Berlin. During this time she created the short piece Ex Matrice Corpora.

With Cistifellea she directed the shows A&D Presence of Absent (2022), Don’t Make it A Play (2022), Asuntos Humanos (2021), Todo Bien Todo Tranqui (2021) El Silencio no Existe (2020).