Bill Coleman uses a methodology of movement that he has developed through his life as a dancer. It is the accessing of an embodied cognitive state to explore movement and approach performance and technical practice, allowing a more embodied connection to both movement and performance. This work aims for a heightened awareness of the senses that induces both physical control and a freedom of movement, allowing participants to access new territories of physical exploration. It focuses on shutting down the clutter of images and thoughts from the brain and the desire to direct the large muscle groups of the body, and instead focuses on the internal waves and more erratic movement that is present in us all the time.
Bill Coleman is a choreographer and performer based in Toronto. His choreographic work has been presented across Canada, the US and Europe. 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 environment and past locations include Banff, Gros Morne and Grassland National Parks, the steppes of western Mongolia, Long Plain First Nation Pow Wow in Manitoba, the Great Bear Rainforest in BC and Toronto’s Regent Park neighbourhood.
Early bird: $20/$15 Dance Centre members on or before February 18
Regular: $30/$25 Dance Centre members after February 18
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Photo by Bill McDougall