Matthew Slater - Northern School of Contemporary Dance
 

MATTHEW SLATER

Lecturer in Dance

PG Diploma in Performance (Distinction)
BPA (Hons) Contemporary Dance
PG Diploma in Arts Learning and Teaching in Higher Education (due to complete 2022)

Role and responsibilities

Curriculum Lead: Pedagogy

Module Leader: Performance in Context 2, Teaching Dance 2

  • Contemporary Technique
  • Performance Practice
  • Teaching Dance
  • Partner Work
  • Choreography
  • Rehearsal Direction

 

Who am I?

“As a relatively late starter, dance was introduced to me during my college education. It started as a hobby before progressing into something more serious that I wanted to pursue professionally. My inspiring teacher recommended auditioning at NSCD. So, having never done any formal technique training I arrived completely clueless (& very nervous) to my audition. Somehow I made it through the day, I was awarded a place on the degree course and moved to Leeds that September to begin the start of my new life… What a life that would turn out to be – exploring the world through dance; travelling, performing, making and teaching; every day something new but always being able to do what I love – MOVE.

Now a dad to a beautiful little girl, life’s challenges continue to shift and evolve, but there’s still something new every day to keep me motivated.

About my work:

My work is very movement focused and is a hybrid of contemporary techniques that use full-bodied connectivity to explore the ideas of weight, momentum, gravity, energy and expansiveness. My virtuosic vocabulary moves through the space and in and out of the floor with an emphasis on efficiency, use of breath and sensitivity.”

Career History

Matthew began dancing at the age of 17 whilst studying A-Level Performing Arts and went on to train at NSCD, graduating in 2005. He toured with VERVE before completing a postgraduate diploma at London Contemporary Dance School (LCDS) and toured internationally as a member of EDge in work choreographed by Sue MacLennan, Trisha Brown and Siobhan Davies.

Upon graduating from LCDS Matthew joined Yael Flexer’s Bedlam Dance Company and toured as part of her production of Doing, Done and Undone alongside working for Retina Dance Company in their graduate project PAGE1. He worked with Retina Dance Company extensively between 2006 and 2014 as a Dancer, Rehearsal Director and Education Manager.

In 2010 Matthew joined the staff at NSCD as Education & Community Dance Worker (later Learning & Participation Officer) and in 2014 became a Lecturer in Technique & Performance Practice (Contemporary), teaching contemporary technique, partner work, performance practice, teaching dance, choreography and repertory. Matthew was a Staff Governor of the CDD Board between 2018 and 2021. In 2021 Matthew was appointed as a Curriculum Lead at NSCD with responsibility for the pedagogy strand.

Choreographic Artefacts

Slater, M (chor.) (2021) Perplexed Play in 2 parts, dance performance, June 2021, Riley Theatre, NSCD, Leeds

Slater, M (chor.) (2018) Cessation, dance performance, March 2018, Riley Theatre, NSCD, Leeds

Slater, M (chor.) (2017) In Our Hands, dance performance, July 2017, Riley Theatre, NSCD, Leeds

Slater, M (chor.) (2015) Connections, dance performance, December 2015, Riley Theatre, NSCD, Leeds

Slater, M (chor.) (2015) Contra, dance performance, March 2015, Riley Theatre, NSCD, Leeds

Slater, M (chor.) (2012) Axis, dance performance, December 2012, Riley Theatre, NSCD, Leeds

Slater, M (chor.) (2011), Inertia, dance performance, March 2011, Fresh Youth Dance Platform, West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

Performance and research artefacts

Van Huffel, F (chor.) (2012) Corporalis, dance performance, International Tour

Van Huffel, F (chor.) (2010) Layers of Skin, dance performance, International Tour

Van Huffel, F (chor.) (2010) La Lutte, dance performance, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Busan International Dance Festival

Van Huffel, F (chor.) (2009) Antipode, dance performance, International Tour

Sandiland, N (dir) (2008) Done, dance installation, National Tour

Van Huffel, F (chor.) (2008) Relative Danger, dance performance, International Tour

Van Huffel, F (chor.) (2007) This is not a Body, dance performance, International Tour

Flexer, Y (chor.) (2007) Doing, Done & Undone, dance performance, National Tour

Van Huffel, F (chor.) (2006) The Boy Who Never Grows Old, dance performance, East Midlands Tour

Sandiland, N (dir.) (2006) Benchmark, dance installation, ArtsDepot, Barnet, London