V. Nijawwon Matthews
From Dystopia To Our Declaration
Music by Dave August
Costumes by Mondo Morales ’12
Lighting by Cheyenne Sykes
Marymount Manhattan Dance Company
Lauren Aureus she/her Tade Biesigner he/him Kayleigh Bowen she/her
Alyssa Bulin she/her Nick Camarero he/him Sydney Foley she/her
Kenley Hardwick he/him Kayla Hsu she/her Jade Kelley she/her
Heather Kroesche she/her Selena Lee she/her Frankie Levita she/her
Amanda Moreira she/her Kate Myers* she/her Ethan Palma he/him
Alexa Ratini she/her Katie Reynolds she/her Lily Sheppard she/her
Payton St. John she/her Alicia Steeves she/hers Jordan Stephens she/her
Bryan Testa he/him Syndey Warren she/her
*Unable to perform due to injury
Nijawwon Matthews recently was featured as a dance soloist in “Transformation: Personal Stories of Change, Acceptance, and Evolution” created by actress Glenn Close and musician Ted Nash for Live from Jazz at Lincoln Center. He received The Director’s Choice recognition and was selected to choreograph new works for the Dallas Black Dance Theatre, and as a master teacher Mr. Matthews was showcased in Dance Teacher magazine. He also was invited to restage his work ‘Cycles’ for The Alvin Ailey/Fordham University B.F.A. Program. To expand contributions to the arts as its founding artistic director, Nijawwon Matthews developed his own project-based pre-professional company called the XY Dance Project. Having travelled, nationally and internationally, as a dance educator and choreographer, Mr. Matthews has been called upon to instruct master classes and choreograph for a host of universities and academic schools to include Yale University, Ohio State University, and Alabama State University, among others. He continues to instruct and create for professional companies, dance institutions, and studios in the British Virgin Islands, Bermuda, China, Curaçao, Germany, Finland, Italy, Peru, Poland, Singapore, South Africa, and Switzerland. To his credit, Matthews orchestrated theatrical performances for productions of Chicago, Footloose, Jesus Christ Superstar, Oklahoma! and the Partnership For Results, a community-wide after-school youth program under the direction of Susan Muldoon.
As a freelance dancer and guest artist, Nijawwon was a cast member for the films “In The Heights,” “Black Nativity,” and the PBS/Time Warner Special “Black Bones.” He also performed works by Cirque Du Soleil in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, and for choreographers such as the late Donald McKayle, George Faison, Otis Sallid, Milton Myers, Kevin lega Jeff, Gary Abbott, Christopher Huggins, and many others. Some of the companies Nijawwon has worked with include Philadanco!, Cleo Parker Robinson Dance, Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company, Wylliams/Henry Contemporary Dance Company, Deeply Rooted Dance Theater, Cecilia Marta Dance Company, and several others.
Nijawwon Matthews is a resident teaching artist and choreographer at Broadway Dance Center and the Joffrey Ballet School in New York City. He finds inspiration through collaborations and his continued work with artists from all around the world.