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23 | #MattKent - Pilobolus

Kicking off season 2 your co-hosts Martheya and Azaria interview Matt Kent one of the Artistic Directors of Pilobolus. On this episode we go behind the screen and talk about the value of synchronicity and working collaboratively in the creative process, the challenge of managing logistics and creativity, ‘neural mirroring’, and a surprise contribution from Emily Kent, Pilobolus’ Education Director, on what Pilobolus looks for at company auditions.


[0:27] Martheya and Azaria introduce Matt Kent


[3:31]Martheya asks: “Can you briefly walk us through your career path?”

[7:27]Martheya asks: “Can you explain more what that looks like?”

[9:24]Martheya asks: “Do you have any tips for staying open to opportunities?”

[12:32]Azaria asks: “What does the artistic directorship/choreographer/collaborator role look like where you are now?”

[12:32]Azaria asks: “What does the artistic directorship/choreographer/collaborator role look like where you are now?”

[16:40]Martheya asks: “How do you shift from managing the company to making work?”

[18:39]Azaria asks: “I have a question about “Shadowland” Do you plan out the ode to each city you travel to?”

[22:34]Azaria asks: “What kind of dancers do you look for?”

[24:10]Martheya asks: “How do you judge if they have what you're looking for?”

[25:03]Emily Kent the Education Director jumps in on the interview to talk about the audition process in detail.

[28:57]Martheya asks: “Does it have to do with human connection?” “Can you explain ‘neural mirroring’ for our audience?”

[30:24]Martheya asks: “Can you describe what the shift is? Performing vs. not performing?”

[33:07]Azaria asks: “Do we need to have a social media presence? Is that important for casting?”

[34:10]Martheya asks: “Do you think social media is shaping how the company is making and sharing work?”

[35:24]Martheya asks: “What do you mean by ‘Sometimes the media is the message?’”

[35:57]Martheya asks: “Do you think there is a correlation between those who want to create dance for social media and those who create dance to please an audience?” “How do you think that might shift dance as an art form?”

[43:00] Azaria introduces #flash4

[43:12] Martheya asks:

1- If you had to recommend a resource to our audience what would it be?

[43:37] Azaria asks:

2- What was the first dance you saw?

  • Pilobolus, “Pilobolus in 1992...before that my sister’s recital”

[45:00] Martheya asks:

3- Do you think social media has a positive influence on the dance world

(yes or no)?

  • BOTH “in the end it will come out in the positive”

[45:32] Azaria asks:

4- What is your favorite social media platform?

  • YouTube, “I am a fan of YouTube”

#MattKent Recommended Resources

Connect with #MattKent and #Pilobolus:

Instagram- @Pilobolus

Twitter- @Pilobolus

Youtube- @Pilobolus


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