The Quad is thrilled to present a two-part dance installation by internationally acclaimed choreographer, dancer and conceptual artist Matthew Day.
In each piece Matthew Day will perform for 3 hours. inviting audiences to experience his performances in a non-linear format, much like an art installation. There is no set beginning and end, audiences can engage with the work at any point and can freely enter and exit the space.
“I’m excited about presenting these works in The Quad - a public, outdoor space where there is an element of the unknown, a space for the accidental encounter between artist and audience,” says Matthew Day. “I haven’t presented a work in Australia since 2016 and I’m really looking forward to seeing how Lismore responds.”
The first work titled Assemblage Series will be presented in The Quad on Friday 4th and Saturday 5th January. Presented on a large 20x20 silver floor that leads from the entrance of the Gallery to the Quad and set to a soundtrack of bird calls, Matthew explores the point at which everyday movement becomes dance and plays with building materials and objects to investigate themes of construction, collapse and reconstruction.
The second work is the world premiere of False Idols, to be presented at The Quad on Friday 18th and Saturday 19th February. Matthew describes False Idols as the ‘underside’ of Assemblage. Whereas Assemblage is calm, contemplative and industrious, False Idols presents a dystopian, escapist and sometimes apocalyptic response to the pandemic performed to a driving, beat heavy soundtrack provided live by DJ Guy Grey.
Matthew Day has presented works at Australia’s and the world’s leading festivals including Melbourne International Arts Festival, Mona Foma, Festival Faits d’hiver, Paris, Festival Antigel, Geneva and Perforacije Festival, Zagreb to name just a few. Pre-pandemic Matthew was living in Amsterdam and is now living in the Northern Rivers, NSW. His choreography and performance continually challenge and re-invent a dance practice that has taken him from teenage ballroom champion to contemporary stages across the world.
Bring a picnic blanket, grab a coffee or a bite to eat at Slate Café and experience Matthew Day’s extraordinary performance installations in The Quad.
On Friday 4th February the ending of Mathew’s performance of Assemblage Series at 6pm will coincide with Lismore Regional Gallery’s 6-monthly program launch.
Matthew Day performs
Assemblage Friday 4 Feb | 3 to 6pm
& Saturday 5 Feb 11am to 2pm
False Idols Friday 18 Feb | 3 to 6pm
& Saturday 19 Feb 11am to 2pm The Quad, Lismore