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Shawbrook Residency Matt Szczerek / HUMAN COLLECTIVE (IE)

Matt and members of HUMAN COLLECTIVE will look at BREXIT and its possible consequences of divide in Europe. We will observe what it means to be on both sides of the ‘BLAME GAME’, examining ideas around social obedience, personal choice, media manipulation, violent rhetoric and negotiation. This new work will take a global look at the widening gap between left and right, from a socio political perspective, drawing on both sides of an argument that has become intensely personal for all involved.

‘BLAME GAME’ will explore our constant search for a scapegoat. By pointing the finger at the ‘other, politically and socially, we relieve ourselves of personal responsibility. Life has become so ‘hard’ that we have countless daily reminders (in the form of social media bubbles) feeding us the idea that we needn’t hold ourselves accountable for the outcomes of our pursuits.

HUMAN COLLECTIVE are a group of artists from ethnically diverse backgrounds and experiences.

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MATT SZCZEREK is a Dublin based (contemporary-urban) Dance Artist and a professional member of Dance Ireland. Over the last four years he has danced regularly with CoisCeim Dance Theatre, performing as a principal dancer in THE WOLF AND PETER (2017 Sydney Opera House), and in RTE’S 1916 CENTENARY performance at Bord Gais Energy Theatre, choreographed by David Bolger. His own choreographic work EMERSION (2016) was performed as part of OIL&WATER (2016), a collaboration with Cathy Coughlan/HAVOC, supported by The Arts Council and South Dublin County Council. In September 2016 he collaborated with Cathy Coughlan/HAVOC on TRANS-BORDER for the launch of IN CONTEXT 4, South Dublin. In 2017 Matt completed a residency at Dance Ireland where his research considered the points of intersection between urban dance notation and Laban Movement Analysis. Matt was selected by Far From The Norm dance company in 2017 to be part of an international cast for production UNION BLACK, funded by Creative Europe, which toured to the UK, France, Sweden and Ireland. Most recently he presented FABLE at Dublin Fringe Festival at Project Arts Centre. The work was nominated for a Best Ensemble Award. In [2018] he directed/curated Dance2Connect, a 3 day Urban Dance Festival at The Civic Theatre, South Dublin. D2C received Arts Council funding for a second festival in 2019. His future projects involve Lighting Design for Dance project supported by The Lir academy mentored by Liz Roche (to be presented early 2019) and national tour with children theatre piece “Princesses can be Pirates” choreographer by Monica Martin-Munoz.