Matthew Day is a choreographer, dancer and dramaturg working across various artistic mediums and cultural contexts. Matthew is invested in conceptual choreographic practices that are intensely physical and push the boundaries of dance and performance. A teenage ballroom dancing champion, Matthew went on to study dance and performance studies at UWS, NSW (2003/2004) and at the VCA, VIC (2005) before collaborating with students at the SNDO, Netherlands (2006-2009). Matthew has had residencies at Critical Path, Lucy Guerin Inc., Chunky Move, Legs on the Wall, Campbelltown Arts Centre and the Bundanon Trust, where he worked with Deborah Hay on her Solo Commissioning Project. Matthew is currently engaged on a number of upcoming projects with the infamous Phillip Adams BalletLab. Matthew’s minimalist and durational solo works Thousands, Cannibal and Intermission constitute his acclaimed TRILOGY project and each explore the body as a site of continual becoming and infinite potential. These works have been presented in Next Wave, Sydney Fringe, Brisbane Festival-Under the Radar, Dance Massive, Melbourne Festival and in 2013 will begin to tour internationally.
As part of developing the 2015 National Dance Forum's 'lines of focus', curatorial panel members shared their thoughts about the inherent concerns and realities affecting current professional practice in Australia. This is Matthew Day's response.
Martin del Amo talks to Matthew Day about the influence of Vaslav Nijinski in relation to Anatomy of an Afternoon: the thwarting of desire and expectation; the utility of stillness; and the centrality of the quotidian and the animal.