Stuart Shugg

“i’m kinda bam straight into dance” SS
“you have these feelings when you dance and you don’t know what they look like” SS
“that same body that i have out there is the same one that i have in here” SS

Ep 50:

Stuart Shugg is an Australian dancer currently living in New York.

We talk about:

  • karaoke as a practise
  • just dancing
  • fried chicken
  • stuarts film work – Bogart St or Chez Bushwick Residency 2014
  • staying interested while being in a rep company
  • solo dance making
  • double plus season at gibney dance centre
  • “looking back i would change things but at the time it’s what i did” SS
  • generation and ownership of choreography
  • “going to the studio and dancing was a way of trying to explore those other movement” SS
  • “a way of processing information to improvise on it and embody it more” SS
  • “then you have to bring yourself to recreate it and in recreating it maybe you’ll learn something more about this way of moving” SS
  • dance as the most resilient medium
  • non dance trained people creating works and 40 years later that work is reperformed by dance trained people
  • editing dances together from footage of self-dancing
  • the choreography of self-dialogue
  • what weight is
  • spending time on worksites and farms as a child
  • applying understanding of mechanical structural integrity to dancing
  • everyday use of our bodies
  • fast pace
  • warm up vs training vs focus vs centering
  • “realising that you are so small” SS
  • no one in new york is from new york… because of that, building communities here seems to happen easily
  • leading the “just dance” revolution





  • Matilda


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Matt Cornell is based in the Asia-Pacific region and grew up in Darwin, on Larrakia land. He works through dance, choreography, sound, photography, and discussion to question the arbitrary configuration of systems, and is passionate about overcoming cognitive bias... to ask better questions… to dissolve malignant social narratives.

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