For­mer OHS pupil causes dance may­hem at Fringe

The Oban Times - - Leisure -

For­mer Oban High School pupil, con­tem­po­rary dance master chore­og­ra­pher Bill Cole­man, with avant-garde com­poser Gor­don Mon­a­han, will present a the­atre dance piece in­spired by Amer­i­can ac­tor Buster Keaton at the Ed­in­burgh Dance Base Fes­ti­val 17.

Both eye-pop­ping spec­ta­cle and unique score, Doll­house en­com­passes tap danc­ing and per­for­mance art while me­chan­i­cal and elec­tronic ob­jects, both hand­made and found, de­liver dis­rupt­ing and sur­pris­ing rhythms for the ears and eyes. Cole­man told The

Oban Times about the show which runs from Au­gust 15 to 27.

Mr Cole­man, who works all over the world, re­cently had rave re­views from a show in Toronto.

1. What was it that in­spired your show or per­for­mance?

I was in­spired by the Amer­i­can ac­tor Buster Keaton. A ba­sic in­spi­ra­tion for his work was in­ter­act­ing with things break­ing and fall­ing so that be­came a ba­sis to the show.

The process it­self be­came the in­spi­ra­tion but, like any cre­ative jour­ney in the stu­dio, we wan­dered far from Buster and the silent come­dies in which he starred.

2. Can you de­scribe your de­vis­ing process, and how did you find in­spi­ra­tion for cre­at­ing your work?

Un­bri­dled ex­plo­ration played a large part in the cre­ation.

3. What was it that in­spired you in be­com­ing a per­former, or set­ting up your com­pany?

I started tap danc­ing at 15, which was ba­si­cally a case of mak­ing noise while mov­ing around in front of peo­ple. I had shown glim­mers of creativity at school with a play and some funny dances at dance school but it wasn’t un­til I had en­coun­tered con­tem­po­rary dance and its ‘ you can pretty much do any­thing’ ap­peal, that I be­came in­ter­ested in mak­ing per­for­mance.

4. What was your favourite part of the re­hearsal or de­vis­ing process in cre­at­ing your per­for­mance?

Work­ing with com­poser, Gor­don Mon­a­han.

5. Do you have a rou­tine or pre-show rit­ual that you have to do be­fore you per­form?

As a dancer I warm up, but for this show I fill my pants with brit­tle ob­jects and set mouse­traps.

6. What is your favourite dance per­for­mance you’ve seen, and why?

Ap­palachian Spring by Martha Gra­ham, I think is my favourite. It’s so clear and sim­ple. I was lucky to dance in it at the 50th an­niver­sary per­for­mance in Wash­ing­ton.

7. If you could de­scribe your show in three words, what would they be?

Au­ral, ki­netic may­hem.

8. What are you most look­ing for­ward to in bring­ing your show to the fes­ti­val? The au­di­ences. 9. What’s your favourite Ed­in­burgh haunt?

Ed­in­burgh’s Botanic Gar­den.

Con­tem­po­rary dance master and chore­og­ra­pher Bill Cole­man.

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