Merida Matthaei


Nerida creates boundary bashing contemporary performance work that is driven by shifting paradigms and experimentation. She is a sought after creator and a Doctor in contemporary choreographic practices.

Her choreographic work has seen her undertake projects across Australia, Europe, the Pacific, Asian, America and parts of the United Kingdom. She has worked with many exciting collaborators and companies including Sir Michael Attenborough, Nick Cave, Red Leap Theatre, The Good Room and as Founder and Artistic Director of Phluxus2 Dance Collective. She was recently joined the 2018 Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony Choreographic Team and to choreograph the finale of the 2018 Australian Dance Awards.

‘Matthaei is an exciting talent… her choreography is entrancing, but it’s the strength of story and cohesion of design that make for a truly fulfilling dance-theatre experience.’ Scene Magazine



Nerida has been performing for over 30 years, and thrives on being challenged, and working as part of a creative team. From contemporary dance, dance theatre and contemporary performance, Nerida has performed for Red Leap Theatre, Polytoxic Dance Theatre Company, The Danger Ensemble and Expressions Dance Company, to name a few, and has more recently been invited to perform with Briefs Factory in a new creation at Perth’s Fringe World.

She began her training at Quantum Leap Youth Choreographic Ensemble, before perfecting her craft at Queensland University of Technology.

‘Nerida Matthaei, one of Brisbane’s most exciting dancers and choreographers… it is clear she is one of the best in the business’ The Courier-Mail

Artistic Director

Multi award winning Phluxus2 Dance Collective was founded in 2006 by Artistic Director Nerida Matthaei. Phluxus2 is a vast collection of Brisbane’s most exciting dance artists, committed to creating beautifully abstract, boundary bashing, socially conscious stories, told through the transforming complexities of contemporary dance and performance.

Phluxus2 is also recognised for it’s exceptional, bespoke program of workshops, youth projects and the annual choreographic incubator THE indepenDANCE PROJECT.

‘[Phluxus] unleashed a gust of originality into Australian dance…’ Triple J



Nerida thrives in many roles including teaching artist, researcher, content creator and facilitator of large scale projects working with diverse partners. She is passionate about working with young artists and communities from all walks of life. Her drive to collaborate and share her love of dance has seen her teach in schools across Queensland, develop unit content for diploma courses and work with companies such as The Royal Ballet and QPAC on large scale community initiative We All Dance.

Nerida and her team at Phluxus2 are currently taking bookings for 2019.


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The Arrival

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Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony


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