23-25 NOVEMBER / 8PM performance BOOK NOW
26-27 NOVEMBER / 3PM-6PM audience may arrive & leave as wish BOOK NOW

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Dancehouse is delighted to present the world premiere of Assemblage #1a new Housemate artist-in-residence production by Australia's pre-eminent boundary-pushing choreographer Matthew Day. Straight off the back of receiving his Master's in Choreography from the renowned DAS Graduate School in Amsterdam, he is back in Melbourne to present an original and compelling work which has been four years in the making. Assemblage #1, presented in two different formats, harnesses an impassioned commitment to the present moment, moving in multiple directions simultaneously to raise questions about instinct, animality, catastrophe and excess.

Commissioned and produced by Dancehouse, Assemblage #1 unleashes an environment of play and surrender. Wearing a light grey jogging tracksuit, Matthew Day uses energetic intensity and stillness, duration and repetition, to activate a field of relations between materials, actions, movements and perceptions. Challenging traditional notions of perception, object and body, Day proposes audacious alternatives to experiences of being together.


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. Dancehouse presented all three works of his TRILOGY series: Thousands, Cannibal and Intermission.

He is currently based between Melbourne and Amsterdam where he has just completed a Masters of Choreography. He is Dancehouse's 2016 Housemate.


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


Date: 23-27 NOVEMBER
23-25 NOVEMBER / 8PM performance BOOK NOW
26-27 NOVEMBER / 3PM-6PM audience may arrive & leave as wish BOOK NOW
Runtime: approximately 60 minutes
Where: Upstairs Studio, Dancehouse (this event is not wheelchair accessible)
Cost: $30 F / $25 C / $15 DH Member

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Perhaps this possibility of ordinary mystery is a place of radical importance. Perhaps it is something that that we must decolonise from consumability. Perhaps we should pay attention to the silence – the sadness, the delight, the desire, the mystery – that exists inside us all. Do we pay attention? How do we pay attention?
- Alison Croggon READ MORE

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

There is a visceral letting go in Assemblage #1, a sort of poetic absence while 'doing', a body in space and time, surrounded by concrete objects as a shield against the expanding immateriality of our lives. Matthew Day assembles for us an intimate space which, in its becoming, reminds us to simply be.
– Angela Conquet, Artistic Director of Dancehouse

Matthew Day on his TRILOGY series - READ MORE

 Commissioned and produced by Dancehouse as part of the HOUSEMATE PROGRAM. In partnership with Critical Path, Sydney.


Credit image: Nellie de Boer