"...it's both lighthearted and beautiful, creating images of joy and suffering alongside a remarkable range of noises."
- The Globe and Mail
"...tap dance as you’ve never seen it before."
- British Vogue
"...this is a powerful, engaging piece of visual art which may be unlike anything else you will see as part of the Fringe this year."
- The Wee Review
Dollhouse is a work created for galleries, cross-disciplinary exhibitions, music centres, theatres, and all manner of other places of learning and discovery. One day set up, two performers, one technician.
Dancer/choreographer Bill Coleman inhabits the experimental music installation of avant-garde composer Gordon Monahan. Tap dancing, performance art, and action intermingle with mechanical and electronic manipulated objects, handmade and found, rendering rhythms equally sonic and visual. Disruptive and surprising Dollhouse walks a unique line of Artaudan fiction and slapstick with the performer acting simultaneously as instrument and conductor.
Considering the situation we find ourselves in today the visual metaphor of a man drowning in his surroundings is timely. Bill Coleman, a master performer plays the role of modern fakir as he suffers through what at times are almost comic situations on his way to a symphonic chaos of sight and sound.
Concept, dance, performance: Bill Coleman
Music, sound, visuals: Gordon Monahan
Additional design: Pierre Lavoie & David Gaucher
Creation: January 2016
Run Time: 60 minutes