The final installment in Matthew Day's solo series Trilogy, Intermission builds on the minimal nature of the first two works in the series, THOUSDANDS (2010) and the sensory tension of CANNIBAL (2011). Intermission is an intensely physical dance work that explores durational choreographic forms and the body as a site of perpetual becoming and infinite potential.

In Intermission, the audience enter a soft blue-black chamber and encounter a lone figure circling at its centre – almost imperceptibly. Starting small and quietly, the repetitive circular movement produces a multiplicity of unconscious rhythms and subterranean waves as the work unfolds.

A minimal and unrelenting live sound score by James Brown pushes up against the choreography that creates tension and relief from the hypnotic insistence of the work and the suspended moments of energy and stillness.

Matthew Day continues to explore durational choreography forms and visceral minimalism: "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.

Read Jana Perkovic's reaction to Intermission in RealTime Arts - 'the creation of an affective community'

MATTHEW DAY works as a Choreographer, Dancer and Dramaturg 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 touring internationally.  In 2012, Matthew was nominated for a Green Room award for his performance of Thousands in Dance Massive.

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

Sun 17 March, 7.00pm
Mon 18 March, 9.00pm
Tue 19 March, 9.00pm

Sylvia Staehli Theatre

Full $25.00
Concessions $20.00
Dancehouse Members and City of Yarra residents $15.00
Deakin/VCA students $10.00

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Image: James Brown 


Intermission is supported by the Australia Council for the Arts, Dancehouse, Arts House, City of Melbourne, Arts Victoria and Pact Centre for Emerging Artists Sydney.



Dance Massive 2013 is presented at Dancehouse with the support of

and of Arts Victoria and City of Yarra.

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