Matthew Hollis is a young man who was born and raised in the southern suburbs of Chicago. Studying dance and movement were never part of Matthew's plan. When he began his collegiate journey, he thought he might end up in radio. However, when he transferred schools, he ended up at The Dance Center of Columbia College Chicago. Time was spent learning technique but ultimately choreography is what wooed and captured Matthew's creative soul. The idea of creating and telling stories through movement was charming and the art of dance was open to so much interpretation.
DURING THE CDF YEAR
A few years ago, Matthew was depressed and became stuck in the throws of daytime television. Inundated with useless self help mantras, he began to feel frustrated by people selling him the answers. What was holding him back from creating a way to happiness? So, "The Power of Cheer" was born. Based on the principles of cheerleading, The POC focuses on the importance of pom poms, squad, and optimism. With the support of the CDF Matthew used The POC and his recent introduction to cheerleading as a springboard for a large scale project because everything sounds better when delivered with some cheer. However, cheer is not his only obsession. Ultimately, he created a work that focused on family, origin, and old home movies.
Inspiration is everywhere and Matthew has had the pleasure of performing for some very inspiring people: Joe Goode, Lisa Wymore, Rene Wadleigh, Brigid Murphy, and Mary Zimmerman, to name a few. Through the years, his work has been performed at just about anywhere with a stage. Mainly, Matthew is a self producer and he recently organized, choreographed, and danced on his very own gay pride float.
Matthew Hollis and the Power of Cheer team performed Let's Go Love!, an inspirational call to arms in 2008. Using cheerleading as a springboard, Hollis categorically dissected and celebrated the conundrum called love. Alternating between segments of daring movement using megaphones and pom-poms and sections that explored family and memory via old home movies, the work careened and cheered its way along an elusive path in search of happiness. Noble, urgent, global, and destructive, love is the name of the game.