Paul Matteson was a principal dancer with the internationally touring Bill T. Jones / Arnie Zane Dance Company from 2008-2012, performing at The Kennedy Center Honors and featured in The American Masters documentary Bill T. Jones: A Good Man. Since 2005, Paul’s duet collaborations with Jennifer Nugent have been presented in New York City by Danspace Project, Symphony Space, and Dance Theater Workshop and received National Performance Network (NPN) Support for performances at The Colony Theater in Miami, Florida. A recent NYC-ARTS Channel Thirteen profile on Jennifer and Paul is now available online. From 2000-2005, Paul was a member of David Dorfman Dance and Race Dance, receiving a New York Dance and Performance Award (BESSIE) for performance in 2002. He has also performed for Terry Creach, Peter Schmitz, Kota Yamazaki, Chamecki/Lerner, Jamie Cunningham, Neta Pulvermacher, Susan Sgorbati, Helena Franzen and Keith Johnson. He has been a guest artist at numerous universities nationally and abroad. In the summers, he often teaches at The American Dance Festival, The Bates Dance Festival, and The Florida Dance Festival. Paul received his B.A. from Middlebury College and a M.F.A. from Bennington College in Choreography.
Class Description: An ensemble-oriented investigation of expansively off-balanced yet precise multi-focused movement. Class begins with sensation-based improvisations and global awareness practices to help encourage limitless mind/body response when tackling set movement material. After opening up, an evolving series of buoyant sequential patterns challenge and cultivate a “released” or non-habitual dancing body free to move in parts or as a full unit with energy, rhythmic sharpness, and fluid range. The patterns build towards a precarious traveling phrase with ever re-directing spiraling pathways. Movement vocabulary is taught by breaking down in detail body-part initiations paying particular attention to safety while dancing fearlessly in the present moment.