South Louisiana native, Matthew Couvillon, graduated from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette with a B.F.A. in dance. Couvillon continued his studies at The School at Jacob’s Pillow under the direction of Jazz Master, and Broadway veteran, Chet Walker. As a performer he has performed Nationally and Internationally with West Side Story, A Chorus Line, Cats and numerous other shows. For the past seven years, Couvillon has been working as associate choreographer to Tony winners, Bob Avian (Broadway: MISS SAIGON, FOLLIES & A CHORUS LINE’s co-choreographer), and Baayork Lee (original cast A Chorus Line). His independent choreography has appeared in original productions in New York City, large-scale musicals for regional theaters, and major European opera houses; such as DAS LAND DES LACHELNS, in Austria. He has also been honored to win several awards for his work.
As an independent choreographer, Couvillon's work combines his proficiency in classic jazz dance with a contemporary theatrical aesthetic; creating dynamic, fresh, yet timeless dances. His choreographic approach explores ways in which dance can evolve from the pedestrian and then resolve in classic dance form. This approach not only allows story and character to drive his work, but makes his work accessible to a large audience.
When asked "What does jazz dance have to say?,' Nicholas Goody of ExploreDance.com wrote that Couvillon's work provides a "thorough answer." It is "…a merriment of retro sounds and modern sensibility," and contains "…lively movement brimming with sass and spunk that juxtapose(s) a vintage look and feel with a modern setting."
Couvillon is currently creating a short dance-film entitled, "That's Jazz!" He is collaborating with composer Joseph J. Simeone.