Get ready to experience a one-of-a-kind theatrical journey that pushes the boundaries of technology, dance, and theatre. “Matt and Hat,” an interactive VR dance experience choreographed by dance artist Matt Szczerek, combines motion-capture technology, krump dance choreography, and traditional theater set installations to create a unique and immersive performance.

Meet Matt, a young child feeling uninspired, bored, and a bit lost in life. Everything changes when his grandmother gifts him a special cap called Hat. This simple gift sets in motion an extraordinary adventure, as Matt and Hat embark on a journey that exceeds their wildest dreams.

Blending Virtual and Real Worlds and exploring the Intersection of Technology and Dance:

In the final research and development phase, “Matt and Hat” seamlessly merges virtual reality and dance to offer an unparalleled experience. By leveraging cutting-edge VR filmmaking technology viewed through Oculus 2 headsets, audiences are transported to a world where reality and imagination intertwine.Under the artistic direction of Matt Szczerek, “Matt and Hat” combines krump dance choreography with motion-capture technology, creating a captivating dance experience. The result is a unique aesthetic that merges fluid movements with digital innovation, captivating viewers and blurring the boundaries between the physical and digital realms.

A Playground for Creativity:
At its core, “Matt and Hat” tells the playful story of a young boy named Matt, who discovers the joy of creativity and movement through his hat tricks. This production celebrates the idea that creativity can be found in various forms and emphasizes the importance of hard work and perseverance in achieving one’s goals.

Ready for the Journey?
The highly anticipated premiere of “Matt and Hat” takes place at the Dublin Fringe Festival. Audiences aged 10 and above are invited to witness this ground-breaking production from 13th- 16th September 2023]. Immerse yourself in a theatrical installation that challenges perceptions and invites exploration of the imagination. Don’t miss your chance to join Matt and Hat on their extraordinary journey. Secure your tickets now and be part of an experience that merges technology, dance, and imagination.

Blog Post by Hannah Mullan, Executive Producer Matt and Hat

Matt & Hat
13 – 16 Sept
2pm, 3pm, 4pm, 5pm, 6:30pm, 7:30pm, 8:30pm daily


Presented by Mateusz Szczerek
Commissioned and Co Produced by Ready, Steady, SHOW! At The Civic.
Funded by the Arts Council/ An Chomhairle Ealaíon
Supported by Project Arts Centre, Dance Ireland and South Dublin County Council
Presented at  Dublin Fringe Festival 2023

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