Paul Matteson and friends to offer evening of dance Nov. 7-8

October 26, 2003

Dancer Paul MattesonMIDDLEBURY, Vt.?Award-winning dancer Paul Matteson will perform at 8 p.m. on Nov. 7 and Nov. 8 with Amy Chavasse, Middlebury College artist-in-residence, and Joseph Poulson, one of Matteson's fellow members in David Dorfman Dance, a New York-based company.  The event?a dance concert consisting of three new pieces?will take place in the Dance Theatre in the Middlebury College Center for the Arts on South Main Street (Route 30).

In one of the pieces, "!Bullseye!," Matteson faces off against Poulson in an entangled, extremely physical duet.  Chavasse sings as part of her performance of Matteson's "RockSteady."  "I Simply Live Now" reflects those moments a person experiences just before a decision is made.  The piece is a solo commissioned for Matteson from actor, choreographer and Middlebury College Visiting Artist in Dance and Theatre Peter Schmitz,

Referring to a performance by Matteson of "I Simply Live Now," Tom Patrick of The Dance Insider said, "Matteson's interpretation was great stuff; enviably relaxed . seemingly improvisatory and confidently daring."

A 2000 graduate of Middlebury College, Matteson received a New York Dance and Performance Award (Bessie) in 2002 for his body of work, notably his dancing for David Dorfman Dance and Lisa Race Dance, of which he is also a member.  He has worked with Creach/Company as well. 

Matteson teaches regularly at New York's Dance Space Center and has been a faculty member of The American Dance Festival since June 2003.  He will show his own choreography over the next year in New York at Dixon Place and the Thalia Theater at Symphony Space;in Vermont at Burlington's Flynn Center and again at Middlebury College when the Dance Company of Middlebury performs in November and January; and at the American College Dance Festival, which will take place at Smith College in Northampton, Mass., in February.   

Tickets are $5 for general admission and $4 for seniors.  For tickets or information, call the College Box Office at 802-443-6433 or visit online at

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