Matt Shilcock is a South Australian based contemporary dance theatre artist. Diagnosed at birth with Osteogenesis Imperfecta, commonly known as ‘brittle bone disorder’, he spent much of his youth in a wheelchair before learning to walk at the age of fifteen.
Matt has a Certificate III & IV in Fitness and Personal Training and is a 2nd Kyu in Budo Taijutsu and specialised weaponry, with a strength in adapting mobility aids to weaponised use. His passion for fitness and health extends from his own accomplishments in transitioning from a fulltime wheelchair user to his current practices in dance, fitness and martial arts.
Matt began performing professionally in 2009 and has since engaged with companies across Australia including Murmuration Dance Theatre, No Strings Attached Theatre for Disability, Restless Dance Theatre, Kaldor Public Arts, and internationally with Mass Box (China), Touch Compass (NZ), Full Radius (USA), Candoco (UK), Independence (UK), FreeWill Theatre (HK) and the Van L Dance Company (UK).
Matt is a current ensemble member with Murmuration Dance Theatre and continues to develop his independent practice with experienced professionals like Dean Walsh, Vangelis Legakis, Leigh Warren, Janet Bridgman and others, studying the anatomy and physics of dance and cross applying it to his studies in holistic remedies and alchemy.
Matt is a recipient of a 2017 artist exchange program with Critical Path (NSW) and Dance4 (UK), taking a month residency at the International Centre for Choreography in Nottingham (UK).