Pedro Gomes

MATTHEW SMITH (NZL) — The sugar free centrifuge / Axis Syllabus

May 20 to 24, 2019 – 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (Mon.-Fri.)
$75 with the support of *Emploi-Québec (or $110, non-eligible rate)
$17 drop-ins  (unless full)
Open to artists of all disciplines / In English
Capacity: 25 people, priority for full week attendance

This class will be looking at how internal geometries of the body can be organized to follow optimized external geometries through space. We will explore centrifuge as a means to arc in and out of the floor and into the air.   We will be off center, off/on balance, leaning into our turns this way and that. We will also use our fascial system’s elasticity to give some time out to our muscles. AND by harnessing the centrifuge our muscles can also take some rest breaks.  Less work = less sugar consumed. YAY! In some moments we can even be, or some parts of us at least, pretty much sugar free!!l. Double YAY! What more do you need from a workshop? :).

Having spent fifteen years living in Europe, Matthew Smith is now living back in New Zealand and has just completed his masters in Osteopathy. He has worked internationally as a teacher, performer and maker. He has worked with a diverse array of companies such as Random Scream of Belgium, Carol Brown Dances of UK/NZ, Company Willi Dorner, Theater Combinat, and Klaus Obermaier of Austria. In New Zealand, he is a company member of Black Grace and has danced with Human Garden, Commotion Company, Touch Compass and Blue Vault. He has been a long term collaborator in one of Norway’s major companies Impure. He also danced in Impure collaborations with Cena 11 of Brazil and with the hip hop crew deepdowndopism. He is a certified teacher of the Axis Syllabus, which integrates anatomy and physics into a movement practice and has taught this all around the world.

All workshops are for professional performing artists. Some require advanced dance training.

Registration – Please contact (514) 393-3771 or at To reserve your spot, please pay at least 2 weeks before the start of the workshop.

Payments – By check, cash, Paypal or credit card on the phone or in person ($1 to $2 fee)

Reimbursement policy– No reimbursement possible without a good reason (ex: sickness or injury).

*Emploi-Québec – With the support of Emploi-Québec. In order to get this rate, participants must be Canadian citizens or permanent resident and live in Québec. Full-time students and social assistance beneficiaries are not eligible to this rate. In case of inadmissibility, you can refer to the non-eligible rate, contact us for questions.

Studio’s accessibility – Consult this page for detailed information.