“Matilda,” “Newsies” and “West Side Story” actor/dancer Ryan Steele stars in the latest edition of the new video series #ShareTheMattress that features creative artists dancing and playing on their beds. Steele is the star of the new film Five Dances, which comes out today, and was the official selection of the Seattle International Film Festival 2013 and Jacob’s Pillow’s Dance Festival 2013. A prolific actor and dancer in both film and theater, Steele has established himself as a prominent rising actor on Broadway and in Hollywood.
In the video, Steele performs impressive gymnastics, acrobatics, flips and poses. His video is part of an online viral campaign by contemporary dance company Keigwin + Company and its artistic director and choreographer Larry Keigwin to celebrate the dance company’s tenth anniversary and the return of its signature piece “Mattress Suite” to The Joyce Theater this fall.
Steele’s is the fifth of ten videos that will roll out through October. The series is featured on KEIGWIN + COMPANY’s website. Viewers are encouraged to share their own videos on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or YouTube with the hashtag #ShareTheMattress.
“Mattress Suite” — created by Keigwin, whose theater credits include choreography for the musical “Tales of the City”, and Nicole Wolcott — debuted in 2003 at the Joyce Theater in New York City. Keigwin created the piece in 2003 after watching dancer Nicole Wolcott jump around playfully on her bed. The pair developed choreography inspired by Wolcott’s moves and set to popular songs and classical music. The piece was a hit with critics and audiences. KEIGWIN + COMPANY’s 10th Anniversary season runs October 29-November 3, 2013 at New York City’s Joyce Theater. “Mattress Suite” will be featured during the run. Tickets are available here.