Matt Cornell is based in the Asia-Pacific region and grew up in Darwin, on Larrakia land. He works through dance, choreography, sound, photography, and discussion to deconstruct and question the arbitrary configuration of systems (especially cultural), and is passionate about overcoming cognitive bias… to ask better questions… to dissolve malignant social narratives.
Matt believes in the power of non-spoken experience and the far reaching consequences of love.
Matt is a positive-nihilist, liberated by our grand pointlessness while simultaneously indulging in the self-generated significance of empathy and humanity.
Matt has also toured internationally, won awards and received grants, residencies and scholarships. A list of might look like this: DanceNorth (Gavin Webber), Davis Freeman, Lisa Wilson, Shaun Parker Company, Strings Attached, Rimbun Dahun, Angela Goh, Legs On The Wall, Tiffany-&-the-Curls, Style Impressions Krew, 2011 Arts NT Young Achiever of the Year, 2010 danceWEB scholar, TEDx Darwin, NFSA HipHop artist-in-residence, Legs On The Wall artist-in-residence for ‘OpenSource’, an invited participant at the Ultima Vez Research Lab, Joshua Thomson, Miranda Wheen, Dance4, Darwin Festival, Lisa Wilson, “Look The Other Way” by Cadi McCarthy and Laura Boynes which won an Australian Dance Award, DMC, TRACKS. Other adventures include making sound for dance film for extreme Sports DVD’s, 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 institutions including Dancehouse, QUT, WAAPA and NAISDA.
Matt works in the family truck business for those times when being an artists doesn’t pay the bills.
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2017 Creative Development/ The Gif of Dance