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Matthew Diamond

Posted in 2013, 80 Faces.

Television producer and director Matthew Diamond may be best known today for his Academy-Award nominated Paul Taylor documentary Dancemaker (1998), but he has a lengthy resume as a dancer and choreographer. He performed at ADF in the 1970s as a member of the Louis Falco Company and went on to perform with the Batsheva Dance Company in Israel. He served as choreographer for the Bat-Dor Dance Company and co-founded the dance company Diamond in 1979.

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Still from Free to Dance
Rainbow ‘Round My Shoulder
Dayton Contemporary Dance Company
Photo: Bruce R. Feeley

In addition to the award-winning film Dancemaker, Mr. Diamond has directed an array of dance-themed programs, including some for the PBS series Great Performances: Dance in America and, most recently, So You Think You Can Dance. In the 1990s, he was a consultant on ADF’s production of Free to Dance: The African American Presence in Modern Dance, an Emmy-award-winning three-part documentary produced by ADF and The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in association with Thirteen/WNET New York.

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Still from Free to Dance
Barrelhouse Blues
Cleo Parker Robinson & Randy Brooks
Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble
Photo: Bruce R. Feeley

In reflecting on his experiences with ADF and the ways in which it has impacted his career, Mr. Diamond said, “The American Dance Festival was always the beating heart of modern dance. It exemplified not only the best of the art form but managed to look back into history, around at the present, and forward into the future. I have always been enormously proud that as a young dancer I danced at the festival, as a choreographer and dance company leader collaborated at the festival, and later, as a film director, shot beautiful footage of unique dances there. The festival has served to punctuate my career and allowed me to contribute to our treasured form of expression.”