Ready, Steady, SHOW! is The Civic’s ongoing programme of work for children and Young People, across both LIVE and DIGITAL platforms The key focus for RSS! Is PLAY & STORYTELLING with a particular emphasis on supporting artists as they develop new and innovative experiences for babies, children and young people via individual, educational, peer group and family contexts. PLAY & STORYTELLING are the two cornerstones of excellence for Ready, Steady, SHOW!  These are our anchor in all areas of output and a focus for our artist development initiatives.

This August, we are delighted to announce our commissions for both live and digital work.


Matt Szczerek – ‘Matt & Hat’
Matt’s work during next few months will focus on fusion of Virtual Reality (VR) and hip-hop dance performance for young audiences, creating short stories based on my his solo dance piece ‘Matt & Hat’ and developing them for virtual experience in collaboration with animator Fergal Brenan.  Matt plans to develop a series of short workshops and interactive visually guided games that will allow him to branch out and develop his choreographic practice beyond dance and theatre with strong tech support and guidance from mentor Camille Donegan.

According to Matt  ‘Ready, Steady, SHOW! is a very exiting program of development that will allow me to explore avenues of performance I consider brand new and essential to interact with as those new possibilities unravel. I hope to achieve deeper understanding of creating mixed media work for young audiences and engage in technological possibilities of digital art creation”.

Biog Matt Szczerek 

MATT SZCZEREK is a Dublin based (contemporary-urban) Dance Artist and a professional member of Dance Ireland. From 2014-2018 he has danced regularly with CoisCeim Dance Theatre, performing as a principal dancer in THE WOLF AND PETER (2017 Sydney Opera House), and in RTE’S 1916 CENTENARY performance at Bord Gais Energy Theatre, choreographed by David Bolger. His own choreographic work EMERSION (2016) was performed as part of OIL&WATER (2016), a collaboration with Cathy Coughlan (HAVOC), supported by The Arts Council and South Dublin County Council. In September 2016 he collaborated with HAVOC again on TRANS-BORDER for the launch of IN CONTEXT 4, South Dublin. In 2017 Matt completed a residency at Dance Ireland where his research considered the points of intersection between urban dance notation and Laban Movement Analysis. Matt was selected by Far From The Norm dance company in 2017 to be part of an international cast for production UNION BLACK, funded by Creative Europe, which toured to the UK, France, Sweden and Ireland.

In 2018 he presented FABLE at Dublin Fringe Festival at Project Arts Centre. The work was nominated for a Best Ensemble Award. From 2018 utill 2021 he directed/curated Dance2Connect, a annual event, 3 day Urban Dance Festival at The Civic Theatre, South Dublin. His other projects involve Lighting Design for Dance project supported by The Lir academy mentored by Liz Roche (presented early 2019) and national tour with children theatre piece “Princesses can be Pirates” choreographer by Monica Martin-Munoz. In 2019 Matt was an artist in residence in Rua Red, Tallaght where he delivered extensive program of activities and local youth outreach.
At the moment Matt is a choreographer for two companies, Human Collective based in Ireland and Kundle Cru, International company of multidisciplinary artists supported and produced by Crying Out Loud in UK preparing for premier of their latest work “BLAME GAME” showed as a work in progress at Netherland Dance Festival 2020 in Den Haag and Circusstad Festival in Rotterdam.

Supported by The Arts Council and South Dublin County Council