Dancer Matt Shilcock is currently undertaking
an Australia Council residency in HIAP, Helsinki . We caught up with him on his
way to Finland to ask about his practice and how it might evolve during his time
My dance practice, Osteogenuine,
is about moving and engaging with the world of injury, staying authentic and
nurturing to the (injured) state of the body, but still achieving the desired
Image: Matt Shilcock
I live with
osteogenesis imperfect (brittle bones), which provides me with plenty of injuries
to draw on and inform my practice. I combine holistic healing modalities with
structured techniques and improvised dance scores to generate movement that is
comfortable and authentic to my body. The long term goal is to create a
sharable scoring system and methodology from Osteogenuine, whilst
creating performance work. My current performance project is a triptych of
works exploring Eugenics.
Of all the
international residencies on offer from the Australia Council, HIAP seemed the
best fit for my work style, the structure of the residency is quite malleable,
allowing me the flexibility to structure my work around what ever unforeseeable
challenges my health might spring on me. The receptiveness of local Finnish
artists and companies I contacted and their shared interest in my work and
topics of exploration also contributed to the decision to apply.
Image: Tom Jones
While in Finland, I
hope to begin development the second work in my eugenics triptych, Invalid:Dated. After contacting Helsinki
based dance organisation Kaaos Company, I have been invited to host a
lab/creative exploration of some choreographic exercises I have been
developing. This will result in a collaboration with two local companies and a
performance at dance festival: X Dance.
Since being accepted
to the residency, I have had extended invitations to connect with other
companies and artists. I am most looking forward to the adventure of going to
new places and connecting with new people.