Matt Drews is a Seattle based artist who harnesses yoga + dance as rituals toward communal immersion. His creative roles oscillate as connector, choreographer, teacher, and performer. He is the producer + art director of Pistil.
Matt began his path of healing at Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado. He steeped in Shambhala Buddhism and took an interdisciplinary arch towards yoga, somatic psychology, and dance. He dove into performance while interfacing with Butoh, Authentic Movement, and Laban Movement Analysis.
In 2010 he moved to Seattle, to complete his BFA in Dance from Cornish College of the Arts. Matt traveled to Tel Aviv, Israel to study Gaga with Ohad Naharin and Batsheva Dance Company. He worked and trained with Danielle Agami and Ate 9 Dance Company, and tEEth Performance (Portland, Oregon). He has worked extensively with Kate Wallich + the YC, and as a choreographer and performer with the radical experimental theater company Saint Genet (Vienna, Austria).
His work has been presented locally at On the Boards, Velocity Dance Center, and Decibel Electronic Music Festival and internationally at Luminato Festival (Toronto), Holland Festival (Amsterdam), Wiener Festwochen (Vienna), and Donau Festival (Krems). He completed his 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training through Core Power Yoga in 2013 and received his Reiki Master Training from Lisa Levine in 2019.
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