Phluxus Dance Collective was found by Nerida Matthaei, Skye Sewell and Chafia Brooks in 2006. In 2010 Nerida Matthaei took an Artistic Directorship role in order to focus the artistic vision of the company. Relaunching the company as Phluxus2 Dance Collective Nerida expanded the vision of the company and began working with a diverse range of the independent professional community. Their work involves complex movement vocabularies that transform through differing emotional states and translate into beautifully constructed abstract stories.
“I left with an altered view of gravity: the performance awoke in me the ability to defy the odds: the dancers were the metaphor.”
– Arts Hub
Phluxus2 Works Include:
- The multi-award winning the machine that carries the soul, toured to Melbourne, Brisbane, Sydney and Canberra. Awarded Critics Choice for Best Choreography at the 2007 Short Sweet and Dance Festival and Runner Up for Best Performance in the Dance and Movement Category at the 2006 The Age Melbourne Fringe Festival.
- chinese whisper/broken telephone commissioned by leading clarinetist and Arts ACT Creative Fellow Nicole Canham. Toured to Brisbane and Canberra.
- The Opposite of Prompt, created in collaboration with renowned artist Brian Lucas. This intellectual yet quirky look at theatre etiquette was extremely well reviewed and received highly positive audience responses. Nominated (long list) for Outstanding Achievement in Independent Dance, Australia Dance Awards.
- Boiling Point, an installation dance theatre piece premiered at the Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts and toured through schools in Brisbane, Cairns and surrounding areas.
- de-generator a new dance installation work, premiered in 2013. Nominated on the long list for two awards in the 2014 Australian Dance Awards for Outstanding Achievement in Independent Dance and Outstanding Performance by a Female Dancer.
- The Paratrooper Project, a new work in development.
- THE indepenDANCE PROJECT, an inaugural creative development initiative for supporting four new works in partnership with The Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts.
Phluxus2 Highlights Include:
- Artist in Residence projects at The Firkin Crane in Ireland, Cairns Centre of Contemporary Arts, Dancenorth and The Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts.
- Invitations to perform at the World Dance Alliance Global Summit and the American Dance Guild Festival in New York.
- Collaborations and artistic in residence projects in the youth and education sector working with organisations such as Creative Generation (2011 & 2013), Caboolture State High School and Canterbury College. Phluxus2 is committed to providing excellent education programs.
- Phluxus2 Dance Collective artists include Nerida Matthaei, Liesel Zink, Samantha Williams, Anthony Trojman, Timothy Brown, Alexander Baden Bryce, Michelle Barnett, Lucy Ingham, Amelia Stokes, Gabriel Comerford, Caitlin Mackenzie and Gareth Belling.
“Boiling Point develops a unique energy entirely its own – poised between twisted humour, desperate pathos and near-paralysing dread as the work’s three performers cavort around to Mr Bungle, degenerate into mindlessness and drown themselves in saucepans.”
– Time Off
“Boiling Point was an impressive embodiment of the seething edge of emotional explosion.”
– Life Music Media
Nerida Matthaei – Artistic Director and Performer
Nerida is a choreographer, performer and producer working nationally and internationally in both dance and theatre, and is a founding member and current Artistic Director of Phluxus2 Dance Collective.
Along with her work leading the award winning Phluxus2 Dance Collective, Nerida also has a very active career choreographing, performing and/or collaborating on many projects. For example Polarity through the AustraliaCouncil’s JUMP program, Polarity II for Expressions Dance Company, The Rat Trap and The Backup Service for Polytoxic Dance Theatre, touring schools production ChoreoFUNK for Expressions Dance Company and Artslink, The Wizard of Oz and Caligula by The Danger Ensemble, Black Diggers and Macbeth for Queensland Theatre Company, the sell out season of Salon by Timothy Brownandthe critically acclaimed cross genre work Don’ts for Dancers.Nerida’s has held residencies with Compagnie Au Cul du Loup in France, the Firkin Crane in Ireland, Cairns Centre of Contemporary Arts, Dancenorth and currently with The Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts. Highlights include
performing at the American Guild Festival and recently within the Australian Korean International Creative Exchange Program working in Seoul.
Nerida also works consistently with the education sector and has also commenced a Doctor of Creative Industries researching innovative choreographic practice.