MATTHEW "POKI" MCCORKLE
hoop illusions / mime / more

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Matthew "Poki" McCorkle is fascinated with illusions and movement. With mime, object manipulation, juggling and clown, Matthew brings objects to life.

His award winning (Newcomershow 2014) solo act with a hoop has traveled to Germany (PALAZZO N├╝rnberg 2015 2016), Dubai (Cirque Éloize 2014, 2015), The Philippines (Clowns Without Borders 2013), Taiwan (Kaleidoscope 2011), and across North America.

As well as solo work, Matthew also writes, directs, and produces full length ensemble works. He co-created the award winning physical theatre duo Button Wagon which toured Fringe festivals, Circus Festivals, Theatres, Circus Schools, Colleges, Music Festivals and more (2010-2013). His current projects include The Incredible Incredible, physical theatre company with partner Justin Therrien, and RAGOP, physical theatre company with Nayana Fielkov.

Matthew is a proud member of Clowns Without Borders, an organization which offers laughter to relieve the suffering of all persons, especially children, who live in areas of crisis including refugee camps, conflict zones and emergency situations. In 2013 Matthew joined Clowns Without Borders and Plan International in The Philippines to perform for 30,000+ children directly affected by Super Typhoon Hiayan (more info).

Matthew is an owner and resident at the Lookout Arts Quarry, a performing arts center near Seattle, WA, USA.

Matthew teaches workshops in mime and hoop movement. He has taught at the Hoop Convergence, The German Hoop Convention, The European Juggling Convention, The Austrian Hoop Convention. He wrote and published "Hoop MOVES" instructional DVD with Brian Thompson and Vulcan DVDs (check it out here!).

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