Choreographer / Dancer
Bill Coleman (Canada)
Supported and funded by
Canada Council and Ontario Council
In Dollhouse, the contemporary dance master and choreographer Bill Coleman portrays a figure whose whole world is literally falling apart all around him. In a room filled with a dizzying clutter of props that collapse and break at his every touch, Coleman shares the stage with the sound artist Gordon Monahan and his unique score. Dollhouse encompasses tap dancing, performance art, sound installation, slapstick, and interactive physical action in which objects deliver disrupting yet riveting rhythms for the ears and eyes. Coleman evokes comic situations towards a mesmerising sonic and visual pandemonium, providing an audiovisual feast for the audience through Monahan’s surreal musical soundscape and landscape. Even if Dollhouse escapes categorisation, it will surely captivate the audience’s imagination with its sheer intensity and innovation.
Bill Coleman is a choreographer, performer, and co-artistic director of Coleman Lemieux & Compagnie. His choreographic work has been presented in Glasgow, New York, Montreal, St. Petersburg, and Edinburgh. Coleman collaborated with the legendary jazz band the Sun Ra Arkestra to create Hymn To The Universe in 2008, and is featured in OutSideIn, a 40-minute-long 3D film that premiered at the 2015 Venice Biennale.
Coleman’s work has transcended traditional theatrical settings to include mountain tops, rainforests, prairies, and urban construction sites. He has created a bold collection of large-scale, site-specific works, collaborating with diverse groups including WWII veterans, aboriginal communities, fishing villages, ranching towns, and urban neighbourhoods. He uses dance as a means to unite communities within their natural environments and past locations, which include Banff, Gros Morne National Parks, western Mongolia, Long Plain First Nation Pow Wow in Manitoba, the Great Bear Rainforest in British Columbia, and Toronto’s Regent Park neighbourhood.
Coleman was nominated for the Dora Mavor Moore Award for Zorro, and received the Jerome Foundation’s First Light Award in New York for Baryshnikov: The Other Story. In 2002, he received the Canada Council for the Arts Jacqueline-Lemieux Prize. Coleman has been teaching creativity and movement for over 25 years at various arts festivals, theatres, and universities.
The running time of each performance is approximately 55 minutes without intermission. Latecomers may only be admitted at a suitable break.
Persons under the age of 6 will not be admitted.
15% off when purchasing DIARY VI. APPLAUSE… and DOLLHOUSE, or DISCO-TECA and KIDS at one time
20% off when purchasing any of the 3 different performances at one time.
Discount 1 and 2 are only applicable to standard tickets (not concessionary tickets for full-time students / senior citizens aged 60 or above / people with disabilities / wheelchair users).
50% off for full-time students / senior citizens aged 60 or above / people with disabilities / wheelchair users.
To deepen the audience’s understanding of the work DOLLHOUSE, moderator Joanna Lee will lead a pre-performance talk.