Matt Cornell (mattcornell.com) is based in the Asia-Pacific region and grew up in Darwin, on Larrakia land. He works through dance, choreography, sound, photography, and discussion (wombatradio.com.au) to deconstruct and question the arbitrary configuration of systems (especially cultural), and is passionate about overcoming cognitive bias... to ask better questions... to make redundant our malignant social narratives.
Matt’s recent projects include “I Learnt My Cultural Dance from YouTube”, the "GIF of Dance” and "The BLOKES Project” as well as recently publishing "Danced Together” and hosting “The Big Bounce”. Visit Matt Cornell | Choreographer for more details.
Matt has had the the extreme delight of working with Joshua Thomson (The BLOKES Project + Legs On The Wall), Angela Goh (New York and Helsinki tours), The Farm (and prior to that Gavin Webber's DanceNorth), Davis Freeman, Lisa Wilson @ Sydney Dance Company’s Opera House season, Shaun Parker Company (This Show Is About People & Happy As Larry), Strings Attached, Rimbun Dahun, Dance Makers Collective, Emma Fishwick, Tiffany-&-the-Curls, Style Impressions Krew @ Darwin Festival, Miranda Wheen (multiple shows + residencies at Dance4 and Bundanon Trust), TRACKS Dance Company and Courtney Scheu. Matt has been lucky enough to receive the 2011 Arts NT Young Achiever of the Year award, a danceWEB scholarship (2010) and an Australian Dance Award (as composer) for “Look The Other Way” by Cadi McCarthy & Laura Boynes.
He was a NFSA HipHop artist-in-residence, Legs On The Wall artist-in-residence for ‘OpenSource', an invited participant at the Ultima Vez Research Lab, and invited speaker at TEDx Darwin on “The Power of movement: Its affect on our state of being”.
Other adventures include making sound for dance film for extreme Sports DVDs, fine art/gallery installations and performing words and beats at Darwin Festival and ImpulsTanz festival lounge.
He has facilitated (in a teachers role) at P.A.R.T.S. & VCA, led technique class for companies including DanceNorth and Force Majeure and workshops at Dancehouse, QUT, WAAPA, NAISDA, The FARM, Ev and Bow, Brent Street, IDC, SDC PPY and many others.
Dance Makers Collective acknowledge the Darug peoples, the traditional custodians of the land of Western Sydney, whose land we have the privilege to dance and work on. We acknowledge their survival and resilience, and pay respect to Darug Elders past, present and emerging, and recognise their continuing connection to the land, water and community for over 65,000 years.