Author: aaronmattocks

MAN IN A CASE: Berkeley Rep

Special Presentation · Roda Theatre
January 25–February 16, 2014


Man in a Case

Adapted from Two Stories by Anton Chekhov
Adapted and Directed by Paul Lazar & Annie-B Parson / Big Dance Theater
Choreographed by Annie-B Parson
Featuring Mikhail Baryshnikov, Tymberly Canale, Chris Giarmo, Paul Lazar and Aaron Mattocks
Produced by Baryshnikov Productions
in association with ArKtype / Thomas O. Kriegsmann


Last performance in NYC for 2013

I’ll be on tour with Steven Reker/People Get Ready in November and with Big Dance Theater/Baryshnikov Productions in December, so join me next Monday, November 4 at 8pm for a free showing of new work by Courtney Krantz, at Judson Church, my last performance in NYC this year.  One word: unitards!!

Courtney Krantz, photo by Ian Douglas

Courtney Krantz, photo by Ian Douglas



Upcoming shows…and the New York Dance and Performance/Bessie Awards on October 7!

September 28 – 29, 2013 — Kingsland Ward (Brooklyn, NY)
Then She Fell

September 29, 2013 — Abrons Arts Center (New York, NY)
Sarah Maxfield’s In and Out of Uniform

October 3, 2013 — Prelude Festival (New York, NY)
Showing of Alan Smithee Directed This Play by Big Dance Theater

October 10, 2013 — Center for Performance Research (Brooklyn, NY)
Showing of new work by Courtney Krantz

November 4, 2013 — Movement Research at the Judson Church (New York, NY)
Showing of new work by Courtney Krantz

November 15 – 16, 2013 — Duke Performances (Durham, NC)
Steven Reker/People Get Ready: Specific Ocean

December 4 – 22, 2013 — Shakespeare Theatre Company (Washington, D.C.)
Baryshnikov Productions: Man in a Case (dir. Paul Lazar/Annie-B Parson)

2013 New York Dance and Performance (Bessie) Award nomination!

header_bessieNEW YORK, July 17, 2013 – The New York Dance and Performance Awards (The Bessies), NYC’s premier dance awards honoring outstanding creative work in the field, announced today the 40 nominees for the 2012-13 season. Announced at a press conference by members of The Bessies Selection Committee, the nominations (listed below) were made by an independent committee of 38 dance industry professionals. Produced in partnership with Dance/NYC, Bessie Award categories include Outstanding Production, Outstanding Performer, Outstanding Visual Design, Outstanding Composition or Sound Design and Outstanding Revived Work.

The 29th Annual Bessie Awards, termed by The New York Times as “the dance world’s version of the Academy Awards,” will take place on Monday, October 7, 2013 at 8:00pm at the legendary Apollo Theater in New York City. The 2013 ceremony will mark The Bessie Awards’ third year at the Apollo Theater.

Outstanding Performer

Shantala Shivalingappa in Shiva Ganga
Choreographed by Shantala Shivalingappa
Fall for Dance, City Center

Herman Cornejo
American Ballet Theatre
Works by Mark Morris, Twyla Tharp and Alexei Ratmansky
City Center and the Metropolitan Opera House

Aaron Mattocks
orks by Big Dance Theater, David Gordon, Stephen Petronio, Jodi Melnick, Steven Reker, Faye Driscoll, John Kelly, Christopher Williams, David Parker, Doug Elkins and more

Annique Roberts
Evidence Dance Company
Works by Ronald K. Brown

Charles “Lil Buck” Riley and Ron “Prime Tyme” Myles
Le Poisson Rouge

Kayo Seyama in BELL
Choreographed by Yasuko Yokoshi
New York Live Arts

David Wampach and Tamar Shelef in SACRE
Choreographed by David Wampach
The Invisible Dog Art Center as part of Performance Space 122’s COIL Festival

Jennifer Monson in Live Dancing Archive
Choreographed by Jennifer Monson
The Kitchen

Melissa Toogood in Interface, Choreographed by Rashaun Mitchell at Baryshnikov Arts Center and The Spectators, Choreographed by Pam Tanowitz at New York Live Arts

Sebastien Ramirez and Honji Wang in AP15
Choreographed by Sebastien Ramirez and Honji Wang
The Apollo Theater, Breakin’ Convention

Hari Krishnan in The Frog Princess
Choreographed by Hari Krishnan
La MaMa, La MaMa Moves! Dance Festival

Jaro VinÌiarský in Bastard (The Painted Bird Trilogy Cycle part I)
Choreographed by Pavel Zuštiak
La MaMa Moves! Dance Festival

See the full list of categories here.

Dance Magazine interview

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Aaron Mattocks, right, with choreographer Faye Driscoll, Photo: Ian Douglas

In deciding whether to do a certain project, Mattocks consults what he calls a “three-pronged matrix” of freelancer incentives: career advancement, personal satisfaction, and paid compensation. A worthwhile project fulfills at least two out of the three criteria. “If you take the monetary part out of that triangle equation,” Mattocks says, “it really has to be either a definite step in your career, or something that’s going to be completely emotionally satisfying”—or, ideally, both.

With any new opportunity, Mattocks makes an effort to discuss compensation up front. “It’s always good to know in advance that I’m choosing to do something for free,” he says, “because then I feel like I have agency around that choice, and I know how to prioritize the rehearsal schedule.”

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