Matthew Day is almost certainly the best of a new generation of Australian choreographers. He exploded onto the dance landscape in 2010, bringing an original and fully developed poetics seemingly out of nowhere. His series of extremely simple, but conceptually rigorous works has captivated the audience, and Australian dance is already immensely richer for it.
- Jana Perkovic, Guerrilla Semiotics
Matthew Day (1979) is interested in the potential of choreography to imagine unorthodox relationships and propose new ways of being human. Utilising a minimalist approach Day often 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 draws heavily from the visual arts, in particular painting and cinema which 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, before collaborating with students at the School for New Dance Development , NL. Day has been artist in residence, and presented his work extensively in Australia and Europe. He is currently based in Melbourne. In September 2014 he will commence his masters research at the Amsterdam Masters of Choreography.