Lads (2017/18). Image: Thomas Dupal

Lads (2017/18). Image: Thomas Dupal

About

Christopher Matthews is an American born choreographer and performance artist working from London. He holds a BFA from New York University Tisch School of the Arts and a MA in Choreography from TrinityLaban. He has choreographed and directed music videos for Erickatoure Aviance, My Pumps, and Angolan artist Coreon Du, My Heart & It’s Not Ok.  Christopher is a judge and contemporary choreographer on the popular Angolan dance reality series Bounce. His video and performance works have been presented at galleries in  Amsterdam, London, Manchester, NYC and Barcelona. His dance works have been performed in NYC, Guatemala, Germany, Taiwan, Spain, London and Edinburgh. Christopher was CreativeWorks London Entrepreneur in Residence with Roehampton University in 2012 and Dance Artist in Residence at the Southbank Centre. He completed a residency in Zagreb through WildCard Jardin D’Europe Award. As a performer, he has danced with Trajal Harrell, Janine Harrington, Alice Tatge, Jeremy Shaw, Tino Sehgal, Laura Peterson Choreography, Ann Reiking, Simone Forti, Marten Spangberg, Xavier Le Roy, Paula Roselen, Ballet NY, Connecticut Ballet, Ballet Moskva and toured with exhibitions at Tate Modern, Hayward Gallery, Haus Der Kunst, K21, and Manchester International Festival. Christopher is interested in exploring the body as a physical axis that can mould the traditional contemporary dance techniques of linear movement with the individual shapes of the performer's form and figure, developing the question “As a spectator how do we observe and what do we see?

Methodology

My practise is deeply embedded in performing. I hail from a classical ballet and early modern dance training as well as classical and commercial jazz. I continue to utilise these performed and constructed histories at the core of my work, with a concern for how themes and techniques are ways in which one performs. In this way I consider that my craft is not only a tool to serve an idea, but is something to be investigated. With twenty plus years of embodied history as a performer, I am interested in versatility and stability in relation to technique and how identity is played out in relation to specific codes. This connects strongly to my teaching practice, currently engaging with dance histories and narratives of appropriation and commercialisation of urban dance styles.

Combining my background in photography and dance history with performance, my works are intended to dialogue with the spectator on themes of voyeurism, criticism, gender, body image, working conditions, intersections of the classical and contemporary, icon vs self, pop culture and dance history. I am interested in what happens when I bring my experiences of performing in reality television, which feel like a performance of the self, into other spaces such as the gallery, where the body becomes an object/ image for contemplation, more than a spectacle. I am interested in the tensions of these colliding presentations, and the politics of seeing and acting in these contexts. These tensions are part of the work, and I build into my works certain feedback mechanisms through which the spectator is invited to invest their own ideas and questions. Most explicitly, this takes the form of conversation (T he Interview, 2014) or instagram occupy (#lads, 2017) and more implicitly I work with this idea through an engagement of the spectator’s gaze towards a kind of criticality (Untitled video works, 2017, Lads, 2017 and 20 Remix, 2013)

formed view

formed view is an agreement, open collective or frame work I generally work in.  As the artist, I shape the experience for the visitor but I feel it is a choreography that involves other artists and the visitor in order for the work to be performed. formed view is a way for me to acknowledge that contract and not claim sole responsibility and/or credit for the work present under this name.

Contact

e. formedview@gmail.com
t. twitter.com/cmathewschoreo

v. https://vimeo.com/user6840953

CV:

Education

M.A            Choreography (2009-10), Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Dance & Music, London, UK

            M.A. Representative Graduation speaker, M.A. Choreography class representative

B.F.A.            Dance Performance (1999-2002), New York University; Tisch School of Arts, New York, USA

            Wasserman Scholarship Recipient

Choreography/Exhibitions

2017

Untitled: Video Portraits, Reykjavik Dance Festival, Gerald Kurdian's "A QUEER BALLROOM FOR HOT BODIES OF THE FUTURE"

*   Untitled: Video Portraits, And What? Queer Art(ist) Now, Archive Gallery, London

*   Lads, Villa Empain, Foundation Boghossian, Brussels

•   Maid in Mayfair (film, in post-production), Vanessa Scully, London

2016

•   Critical Joy, Peaches & Keith Hennessey, Vienna

2014

•   Train Scores (Group show/publication) How does the group Function?, Enclave Gallery, London

•   Train Scores, (Solo Show), 4bid Gallery, Amsterdam

•   Last/First & Videography, Topophobia, London

•   Artist as Nomad, Solo exhibition, Asia House, London

•   Precari, LUX 13 Screening tour, London, Manchester, NYC

2013

•   Before Performance (group exhibition), ]performance space[, London

•   formed view, (Performance installation), Arbeit Gallery/ Hackney Live, Hackney WickED Festival, London UK

•   20 Remix, (Solo exhibition), LimaZulu, London, UK

2012

•   Bounce, Season 4 (Contemporary Choreographer) Semba Prod.

•   Bus Stop, Day 5 (Dance video photo exhibit) Spontaneous Combustion, Big Dance Festival, Arbeit Gallery, London

2011

•   Discovering/Spaces (Video Exhibit) Platforma.hr Festival, Croatia

•   Bounce (Contemporary Choreographer), Semba Produtions

•   My Heart (Music Video) Coreon Du, Dir Mario Patrocinio

•   Bus Stop (Video work), Off-Loop Festival, Barcelona

•   Within/Spaces (video exhibit), 10 Gales Gallery, London

2010

•   Meetings (excerpt), Body Songs Festival, Prato, Italy

•   Festa de Quintal (Film), Angola

•   60x60, VoxNovus, London, Stratford Circus

•   Lie me to Rest, Linger Whispers (Exhibition), St. Pancras Church Crypt Gallery, London

2009

•   My Pumps, Ericka Toure (Music Video), NYC

•   Morning, Ballet Guatemala, Contemporary Dance Festival, Guatemala City

•   Populace, New England Academy of Dance, New Canaan, Conn

•   60x60, VoxNovus, Galapagos Space, NYC

2008

•   2 to 1, Hot Festival; Moving Men Series, Dixon Place, NYC

2007

•   SIDESHOW, Dixon Place, NYC

•   Morning, Ballet Guatemala, JunoFest, Guatemala City

•   Populace (excerpt), Take Five Showcase, Flying East Productions, NYC

2006

•   Morning, Ballet Builders, 92nd St. Y, NYC

•   Morning, International Choreographers Showcase, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Edinburgh

2005

•   Madame Killer (Honour Kane), Summerworks 05, Clubbed Thumb 10th Anniversary Season

 

Assistant Choreographer/ Researcher

•   Wayne McGregor/ Random Dance, David Kirsch (UCSD), London

Research Assistant, October/ November 2010

•   Laura Peterson Choreography, NYC

Assistant  Director, 2004-2009

•   Waltz of the White Orchid, Balet Moskva, chor. Konstantin Uralsky, Moscow

Assistant Choreographer, May 2003

•   Russian Chamber Ballet, dir. Konstantin Uralsky

Assistant to the Director, 2002-2004

 

Awards/ Residencies

2017

•   Foundation Boghossian, Villa Empain Artist Residency, Brussels

2016

•   DanceWeb Scholarship, Impulstanz, Vienna

2014

•   Arts Council England, How does the group function?, Exhibition and Publication, London

•   Danse Elargie, 1st Prize, (Dancer), Paris

2013

•   Hackney Council Arts Grant, production grant to support the live stream on Hackney Live website, London

•   CreativeWorks London Entrepreneur in Residence, Roehampton University, London

2012

•   Beers Lambert Emerging Artist Award (Shortlisted), London

•   WildCard Residency, Jardin D’Europe, Lokomotiv, Zagreb

•   Emerging Dance Artist in Residence, Southbank Centre, London

 

Additional Arts Related Work

•   University of Winchester,  BA Jazz Technique (Current)

•   Dance programmer, JW3 Jewish Community Centre

•   Guildhall Conservatoire of Music and Drama, What is the future of Entrepreneurship in the Performing and Creative Arts? (Panelist)

•   Roehampton Dance Festival, Artist as a Nomad (Panel Discussion)

•   Coffee Morning, Chisenhale Dance, (Host/ The Industry Collective)

•   Crossing Borders Talks (Guest speaker) Independent Dance

•   Shrinking Violets blog (Guest Blogger)

•   Swedish Dance History (Contributor)

•   International Kuduro Festival (Curator) (In-Production)

•   Bounce, Judge (Contestant Selection), Semba Comm.

•   Encounter, Performance Think Tank, Hayward Gallery,  Curator Stephanie Rosenthal

•   Tino Seghal , Workshop, Tate Modern

•   Independent Dance (internship assisting in Crossing Borders Lectures & What if… Festival)

•   “Rotor” Siobhan Davies Dance (Invigilator)

•   American Montessori Society National Conference (Programming Arts & Culture Pre-Conference Workshops)

Boston

•   American Montessori Society National Conference (Programming Arts & Culture Pre-Conference Workshops)