Matty Davis (b. 1989) is an artist, dancer, jewelry-maker, and athlete, as well as the principal performer and co-artistic director of BOOMERANG. As an artist, he pits the body against often radical undertakings and journeys that explore physicality and endurance, archetypes and personal history, as well as the origins of materials and mark-making. This work entails diverse research surrounding somatics, mapping, energy systems, athletics, and the evolution of communication, offering reciprocal fuel for his work as a dancer. His work with Kora Radella in BOOMERANG has been described as "balancing ecstatically on the edge of life and death" (Jesse Zaritt, formerly of Faye Driscoll Group and Shen Wei Dance Arts) and "an entirely original vision and idiom, unpredictable from moment to moment" (Lucy McDiarmid, Montclair State University). Davis has performed at the Parrish Art Museum, Performa, the Watermill Center, Judson Church, Links Hall, the United Nations, with Dutch artist Guido van der Werve, and has staged guerilla-style performances in the desert of Death Valley, on the ball fields of rural Oklahoma, and atop deserted tractor trailers in the Great Smokey Mountains. He has studied at Kenyon College, the American Dance Festival, Anne Teresa De Keersmaker's P.A.R.T.S. in Brussels, Belgium, and is currently pursuing his MFA at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
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