Aaron Mattocks, “one of the finest young actor-dancers in New York” (New York Times), is a Pennsylvania native, Sarah Lawrence College alumnus, and two-time New York Dance and Performance (Bessie) Award nominee for Outstanding Performer (2016, 2013). He has worked with Annie-B Parson and Paul Lazar/Big Dance Theater since 2009, appearing in Goats (OtherShore/Ringling Museum), Supernatural Wife (BAM Next Wave 2011/int’l tour), Comme Toujours Here I Stand (2012 NYLA revival), Man in a Case with Mikhail Baryshnikov (Hartford Stage/2013-2014 national tour), Alan Smithee…Triple Feature (BAM Next Wave 2014/int’l tour), Short Form (The Kitchen NYC/nat’l tour) and 17c (BAM Next Wave 2017/nat’l tour); and with Phantom Limb Company since 2011, in 69°S. (BAM Next Wave 2011/nat’l tour), and Memory Rings (world premiere, OZ Arts Nashville 2015/BAM Next Wave 2016), for which he also served as Rehearsal Director/Dance Captain for choreographer Ryan Heffington. He has also created roles in premieres by Ursula Eagly, Doug Elkins, David Gordon, John Heginbotham, Jodi Melnick, Stephen Petronio, Steven Reker, Christopher Williams, and Kathy Westwater.
He has appeared as a guest artist with Yoshiko Chuma, Faye Driscoll, John Kelly, Dean Moss, David Parker, Karen Sherman, and in the Bessie Award winning immersive production Then She Fell, and has performed in projects by 600 HIGHWAYMEN, Joanna Furnans, Shaun Irons/Lauren Petty, Courtney Krantz, Abigail Levine, and Amanda Villalobos.
He was the associate choreographer for Jonathan Demme’s feature film Ricki and the Flash, choreographed by Annie-B Parson and starring Meryl Streep, Kevin Kline and Audra McDonald (TriStar, summer 2015), and has assisted Ms. Parson on a solo for ballerina Wendy Whelan which premiered at the Royal Opera House/London in 2015, David Lang’s the public domain, a choral project for 1,000 singers at Lincoln Center/Mostly Mozart in August 2016, I used to love you for the Martha Graham Dance Co. which premiered at The Joyce Theater in February 2017, and The Road Awaits Us for the Elixir Ensemble at Sadler’s Wells/London in June 2017.
Mattocks is a former company and general manager for the Mark Morris Dance Group (2002-2010) and has produced projects, premieres and tours for Faye Driscoll, Beth Gill, and Steven Reker. He is currently the executive director of Big Dance Theater, creative producer for Pam Tanowitz, and teaches at Sarah Lawrence College.
In addition to his work as a performer, he was commissioned to be a 2013-2014 Context Notes Writer for New York Live Arts, after recently completing a year as guest editor for Movement Research’s Critical Correspondence, and as guest curator for One-Shot. His writing was featured in Sarah Maxfield’s Nonlinear Lineage series, and has been published by The Performance Club, Culturebot, Hyperallergic, Critical Correspondence, The Brooklyn Rail, the Baryshnikov Arts Center, Hartford Stage, and the BAM Next Wave Festival. His own created performances and improvisation scoring have been supported with a residency from TOPAZ ARTS and shown at AUNTS (American Realness), THROW (The Chocolate Factory), FLICFest (Irondale Center), for Sarah Maxfield’s One-Shot and In and Out of Uniform (Museum of Arts and Design and Abrons Arts Center), at 92Y Fridays at Noon, and for Movement Research at the Judson Church. He has taught movement for actors at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts’ Playwrights Horizons Theater School and given master classes and lectures at Keene State College, Duke University, Sarah Lawrence College, Florida State University and Emerson College.
Past performances: Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Next Wave Festival (Harvey Theater/2017, 2014, 2011), American Realness Festival (Abrons Arts Center/2017, 2015, 2013), Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Shakespeare Theatre (Washington, D.C.), Hartford Stage, Broad Stage (Santa Monica, CA), Museum of Contemporary Art/Chicago, Tanz im August (Berlin), Cutler Majestic Theater (Boston), Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, New York Live Arts, Walker Arts Center (Minneapolis), Paramount Theater (Boston), Theatre National de Chaillot (Paris), Les Subsistances (Lyon), Institute of Contemporary Arts/Boston, NYC River to River Festival, Joe’s Pub, La Mama E.T.C., P.S. 122, Dance Theater Workshop, Baryshnikov Arts Center, Chocolate Factory Theater, Danspace Project, The New Museum, Dance New Amsterdam, The New York International Fringe Festival, HERE Arts Center, 92nd Street Y, Judson Church, Bard College’s Summerscape Festival, The Getty Villa, and the Historic Asolo Theater (Sarasota, FL).
Contact: aaronmattocksperformance [at] gmail.com