“I care about cultural phenomena and I care about the lived experience” – MC
Matt Cornell is an Asia-Pacific based choreographer working to ask better questions.
He works through:
music and sound score
His career interrogates how we embody systems – social, cultural, political, or technological – and in turn how these systems embody us by forming communities and informing identities. His efforts take multiple forms including dancing, performance, sound composition, writing, podcasting, and curation, in varying contexts including in theatres, galleries, public spaces, and online.
Across these radically different contexts is the core effort of creating spaces, events, and experiences through which we can gather, to share something which might give rise to new ways to know ourselves and each other, an improved narrative, that we may get better at living together.
Matt’s recent projects include “I Learnt My Cultural Dance from YouTube”, the “GIF of Dance” and “The BLOKES Project” as well as recently publishing “Danced Together” and hosting “The Big Bounce”.
He gets excited by the challenge of trying to understand meta-phenomena while avoiding self-deception and hyperbole.
He hopes to necessitate better stories to tell ourselves (by asking better questions).
He believes in the power of non-spoken experience.
He hopes to invoke love.
He has also toured internationally, won awards and been awarded grants, residencies and scholarships eg:
The extreme delight of working with Joshua Thomson (The BLOKES Project + Legs On The Wall), Angela Goh (New York and Helsinki tours), The Farm (and prior to that Gavin Webber’s DanceNorth), Davis Freeman, Lisa Wilson @ Sydney Dance Company’s Opera House season, Shaun Parker Company (This Show Is About People & Happy As Larry), Strings Attached, Rimbun Dahun, Dance Makers Collective, Emma Fishwick, Tiffany-&-the-Curls, Style Impressions Krew @ Darwin Festival, Miranda Wheen (multiple shows + residencies at Dance4 and Bundanon Trust), TRACKS Dance Company and Courtney Scheu. Matt has been lucky enough to receive the 2011 Arts NT Young Achiever of the Year award, a danceWEB scholarship (2010) and an Australian Dance Award (as composer) for “Look The Other Way” by Cadi McCarthy & Laura Boynes.
He was a NFSA HipHop artist-in-residence, Legs On The Wall artist-in-residence for ‘OpenSource’, an invited participant at the Ultima Vez Research Lab, and invited speaker at TEDx Darwin on “The Power of movement: It’s affect on our state of being”.
Other adventures include making sound for dance film for extreme Sports DVD’s, fine art/gallery installations and performing words and beats at Darwin Festival and ImpulsTanz festival lounge.
He has facilitated (in a teachers role) at P.A.R.T.S. & VCA, led technique class for companies including DanceNorth and Force Majeure and workshops at Dancehouse, QUT, WAAPA, NAISDA, The FARM, Ev and Bow, Brent Street, IDC, SDC PPY and many others.
Matt’s current hobby is training to pilot a helicopter.
details at cv.MattCornell.com