What the critics say about….
The City of the Sun
“A dazzling performance...
The CAM Art Co from New York opened on Thursday the fourth international theatre week in Biaystock. The play made its mark with excellent acting by John Nesci, who was accompanied on stage by three extremely attractive dancers.”
Review by Maciej Cholodowski in Gazeta Wyborcza, Warsaw, Poland, March 23, 1996.
Columbus the Moor
“A twist on the historical version of Columbus’ discovery... Matz’s version has the native Americans anticipating the arrival of the Europeans, whose perplexity and doubts are presented in a recounting of their last day of the voyage.”
Las Vegas Sun, Nevada, USA, July 31-August 2, 1992.
“In this work, Columbus is discovered by the Indians. The text written in English, Latin, Italian, Spanish and Arawak (the language of the Indians). In this work, the figure of Columbus is treated in a metaphorical form: as a Moor, as a possibility from another race. The discovery is important because Columbus discovers himself. The work uses lyric opera and modern dance forms.”
Review of the Thirteenth International Show, El Norte de Castilla, Valladolid, Spain, May 25, 1992.
Shout Poetry Performed by Matz of the CAM Art Co.
“Matz starts from a scored text (his “poems”), and everything is organized not for a silent reading, but for an oral execution. Everything is written down to highlight the phonetic values of the words: permitting the phonetic signifier to destroy all the opposing links created by the ideal signified.”
Renato Barilli, in Informale Oggetto Comportamento, published by Feltrinelli in Milan, 1988.
“Not a Reading, a Shouting...
Matz does not read his poetry, rather he shouts it, declaims it, and performs it. He steps from behind the podium, he leans toward his audience, his eyes flash a weary intensity, and the poem begins with a cry designed to preempt the audience’s wits, while the poet begins a dance-like shuffle across the floor, his hands describing imaginary geometries as he goes… I am thinking of those poems, both English and Italian, in which Mr Matz lavishes various degrees of contempt and approbation on the subject of sex, narrow-mindedness and liberty.”
Robert Pattison, Southampton Press, New York, USA, October, 1979
“Great Success at the Modern Language Institute [in Feltre] for the shout poems of Matz. The emotion charged of the American poet electrified the large audience.”
Gazzettino Veneto ,Venice, Italy, February 11, 1976.
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