Artistic Director & Programme Leader VERVE

BA (Hons) in Contemporary Dance
PgDip in Performance (Apprenticeship Scottish Dance Theatre)

Role and responsibilities:

Artistically leading VERVE with all responsibilities that entails.

“I am intrigued by people. My choreographic work comes from ideas and the world around me, drawing on the physicality and humour of myself and those I work with to craft highly physical yet theatrically driven worlds for both performers and audiences to engage with. I am inspired by story, concept, and the simplicity and yet extraordinary complexity of human connection.”

Career History

Upon graduation from London Contemporary Dance School Matthew undertook an apprenticeship with Scottish Dance Theatre. He then joined the company working with an exciting international company of dancers, performing work by a diverse range of choreographers over many years.

In 2013 he was invited to jointly take on the responsibilities of Rehearsal Director, assisting in the creation of numerous works, supporting the company on international tours and working with post graduate apprentice dancers emerging into the professional world.

He has performed work by choreographers including Damien Jalet, Hofesh Shechter, Sharon Eyal, Liv Lorent, Victor Quijada, Rachel Lopez de la Nieta, Ben Duke and the two Scottish Dance Theatre Artistic Directors he has worked under, Janet Smith and Fleur Darkin.

While with Scottish Dance Theatre he continued to research and create his own choreographic work, enjoying choreographic commissions from the likes of The Scottish School of Contemporary Dance, West College Scotland, YDance, and The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, presenting his work, and teaching, nationally and internationally. He has researched his choreographic practice as part of ‘Choreodrome’ at The Place and with Scottish Dance Theatre, and worked collaboratively with Toby Fitzgibbons on two works.

Professional Activity and Research Interests

Original creations with (in chronological order):
Ben Duke, Janet Smith, Marc Brew, Caroline Bowditch, Kate Weare, Ben Levy, Rachel Lopez de la Nieta, Joan Cleville, Victor Quijada, Henri Oguike, Fleur Darkin, Damien Jalet, Sharon Eyal

Also performed in work by:
Liv Lorent, Hofesh Shechter, James Wilton

Rehearsal Directing work
Assisted creations by and/or rehearsal directed for
Jorge Crecis, Anton Lachky, Fleur Darkin, Jo Stromgren

2013 – ‘Choreodrome’ at The Place
2014 – Research time at The Place Summer House
2015 – Choreographic research with the dancers of Scottish Dance Theatre as part of ‘Campus’

Guest Lecturer at The Scottish School of Contemporary Dance, Northern School of Contemporary Dance, West College Scotland, The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
Professional Class at The Place and Dance City Newcastle
Regular teacher of Company Class for Scottish Dance Theatre
Invited to teach at The Playground, New York City, NY USA

Performance Artefacts

For a second I stood (2009) Scottish School of Contemporary Dance

Tremors (2013) for West College Scotland

May Day (2013) for Scottish School of Contemporary Dance

What we leave behind (2014) West College Scotland

Love? (2014) Scottish Dance Theatre Creative Learning

Party (2015) West College Scotland

Camping (2015) West College Scotland

Between Four Walls (2016) Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

After the rain (2016) West College Scotland

Office (2016) Project Y YDance