Matthew Day

Matthew Day
 

MATTHEW DAY (1979) is interested in the potential of choreography to imagine unorthodox relationships and propose new ways of being human. Utilizing a minimalist approach, Day works with duration and repetition, approaching the body as a site of infinite potential and choreography as a field of energetic intensity and exchange.

Day's work is invested in the proliferate potential of choreography to contribute unique forms of knowledge to cultural discourse and enable affective experiences. He engages with visual arts practices to challenge traditional notions of image, object and body.

Raised in Sydney, Matthew was a teenage ballroom dancing champion. He went on to study Dance and Performance Studies at the University of Western Sydney and at the Victorian College of the Arts. Day has been artist in residence, and presented his work extensively in Australia and Europe. He has just completed a Masters of Choreography at the DAS Graduate School in Amsterdam.


TOURING WORK


ASSEMBLAGE #1
Matthew Day's new work harnesses a commitment to the now. A now that moves in many directions all at once. ASSEMBLAGE #1 is about instinct, animality, ritual, catastrophe, deformation, and excess.

Day activates an environment of play and surrender, opening a field of relations between materials, actions, movements, and perceptions, which unfold along wild and unrepeatable lines of flight and fancy. In a queer way, it proposes alternative experiences of what matters in being together, and forever, the desire to dance.

Concept and Performance: Matthew Day
Sound: James Brown
Collaborators: Tim Darbyshire, Martin del Amo
 


THOUSANDS
 The first work in TRILOGY series attempts to locate a kind of degree zero of choreography. Utilising microscopic movement, the body is approached as a site of re-membering, as an agent capable of deterritorializing the flow of space and time. 
Thousands opens an associative space where the spectators are free to drift and continually re-position themselves, in relation to the work over time. The choreographic field therefore is imagined as an energetic and perceptual exchange, between all human and inhuman forces of the work.

Choreographer and Performer: Matthew Day
Dramaturgy: Martin Del Amo and Deborah Pollard
Sound Design: James Brown
Lighting Design: Matthew Day and Travis Hodgson


CANNIBAL

CANNIBAL, the second instalment in Matthew Day's acclaimed TRILOGY series, explores durational choreographic forms and the body as a site of continual becoming and infinite potential. Set to an unrelenting sound score, this minimal and intensely physical dance work invites the viewer to experience choreography in active and embodied ways.

Concept/Choreography/Performance: Matthew Day
Dramaturgy: Martin del Amo
Sound Design: James Brown
Lighting Design: Travis Hodgson

 


INTERMISSION

The final installment in Matthew Day's solo series Trilogy, INTERMISSION builds on the minimal nature of the first two works in the series. INTERMISSION is an intensely physical dance work that explores durational choreographic forms and the body as a site of perpetual becoming and infinite potential.

 "Intermission is immersed in deep unconscious rhythmic waves that surface along the body and extend through space. I've learnt that these obsessions with form, minimalism, duration, repetition, deformation allow me to approach choreography as a field of energetic perception," explained Matthew Day.

Choreographer/Performer: Matthew Day  
Dramaturgy: Martin del Amo
Sound Design: James Brown
Lighting Design: Travis Hodgson