B O O M E R A N G at O T I O N
This workshop draws on information from athletics, extreme sports, contemporary dance, butoh, and numerous philosophical disciplines. Students will learn how to fall (with resilience and power), ride energy and momentum, and develop the tools whereby holistic strength might be attained, combining vulnerability and physical finesse.
**This workshop is open to all ability levels, and knee pads are suggested
B O O M E R A N G Instructor:
Matty Davis is an artist, dancer, jewelry-maker, and athlete, as well as the principal performer and co-artistic director of BOOMERANG, a fearlessly physical, poetically nuanced dance and performance project that has been referred to as the “punk Mozarts of dance.” As an artist, he pits the body against often radical undertakings and journeys that explore physicality and endurance (human energy), archetypes and personal history, as well as the origins of materials and mark-making. This work entails diverse research surrounding somatics, mapping, energy systems, athletics, and the evolution of communication, offering reciprocal fuel for his work as a dancer. His work with BOOMERANG has been described as "balancing ecstatically on the edge of life and death" (Jesse Zaritt, formerly of Faye Driscoll Group and Shen Wei Dance Arts) and as "an entirely original vision and idiom, unpredictable from moment to moment" (Lucy McDiarmid, Montclair State University). Davis has performed at the Parrish Art Museum, Performa 13, the Watermill Center, Judson Church, Links Hall, the United Nations, Gibney Dance Center, with Dutch artist Guido van der Werve, and has staged guerilla-style performances in the desert of Death Valley, on the ball fields of rural Oklahoma, and atop deserted tractor trailers in the Great Smokey Mountains. He has studied at Kenyon College, the American Dance Festival, Anne Teresa De Keersmaker's P.A.R.T.S. in Brussels, Belgium, and is currently pursuing his MFA at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Suggested Donation ~ $5