• Matthew Massaria. Photo taken from a birds eye view, Matthew looking up at camera, arms held out to the sides. Ground covered in white drops.
  • Matthew Massaria in performance. Photo from birds eye view, in a circle with 3 other performers, all linking hands in the centre, heads tilted right back.
  • Matthew Massaria in performance. Standing the corner of a room, wall behind him lit with green lights & painted with the outline of 4 large black leaves.
  • Matthew Massaria in performance. Sitting on a wooden bench with a female dancer, heads resting together, eyes closed, legs on the bench.
  • Matthew Massaria in the studio. Strapped into a harness and suspended horizontally off the ground.
  • Matthew Massaria in performance, standing and pointing at something. Wearing street clothes, dim lighting, industrial background.
  • Matthew Massaria in performance. lying sideways across a chair, 1 hand on the floor, 1 hand stretched to the ceiling. His shadow cast on the back wall.

Emerging Artist

Matthew has been a member of Shopfront Theatre for 7 years, where his career in dance and theatre commenced. He performed in major projects and created pieces for the Raw Film Project. In 2013 Matthew received an Amplify Your Art grant from Arts NSW to create the dance film “Dance is Friendship”, launched at Hazelhurst Regional Gallery and Arts Centre. That year, Matthew was also invited by DirtyFeet to take part in Kirsty Fromhotz’s Choreographic Lab and The Right Foot creative development with Sarah-Vyne Vassallo. He was also invited to take part in Force Majeure masterclasses with Byron Perry at Carriageworks. Matthew has performed regularly with the Verve Ensemble under the direction of Sarah-Vyne Vassallo through Bankstown Arts Centre.

In October 2015 Matthew was successful in obtaining a position in the Catalyst Dance Residency through Accessible Arts. This residency has enabled Matthew to participate in a professional development program 2015-2016. Over this time he will work with Choreographer Kay Armstrong (Kworks) and Marc Brew (Marc Brew Company) and particpate in Masterclasses with Ghenoa Gela (Torres Strait Islander Artist), Danielle Micich (Force Majeure), Tess de Quincey (Body Weather) and Margot Politis (Theatre). Matthew has commenced a mentorship with Paige Gordan the Director of Tracksuit as part of the program.

Matthew is an emerging artist with Murmuration and takes part in the Murmur Workshops and Events 2015/2016.

Image credits; 1 & 2. Dance is Friendship, Matthew Massaria, Shopfront Theatre for Young People, 5. Chanel Leaudais Choreographic Lab, DirtyFeet, Pia Moore, 6 & 7. ‘In transit’ by Sarah-Vyne Vassallo, presented by DirtyFeet. Photo by Hayley Rose.