Watch Deaf Dancers move to Jamie xx's "Sleep Sound"

London-based artist Sofia Mattioli's gorgeous video for Jamie xx's "Sleep Sound" explores how music moves us all.
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London-based artist Sofia Mattioli's gorgeous video for Jamie xx's "Sleep Sound" explores how music moves us all.
JAMIE XX

Nowness on London-based artist Sofia Mattioli's gorgeous video featuring Jamie xx's new single, "Sleep Sound":

“I was on a train listening to music, getting deep into it, and this girl started staring at me,” says London-based artist and poet Sofia Mattioli of the genesis of her video for Jamie xx’s “Sleep Sound.” “After a while I took my headphones off and she came up to me, started signing and then wrote me a note to say that she was deaf but could almost feel the music by my movement.” With the germ of an idea from this chance encounter, Mattioli was asked to create a video for the Grammy-winning producer of Alicia Keys, Gil Scott-Heron and Drake, and member of The xx. During the course of one day, Mattioli danced with 13 members of the Manchester Deaf Centre with ages ranging from five to 27 years old, who responded to the movement of the artist and the vibrations in the air given off by the song. “The relationship between silence and music is a big part of what I am trying to express with my work,” she says. “The first kid in the video, Archie, was bliss—all of them were amazing. I hope this is a project I can develop further.”