Bill Coleman is a choreographer and performer. His choreographic work was presented in Glasgow, New York, Montreal, St. Petersburg and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Bill 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 3D film that premiered at the 2015 Venice Biennale.
Coleman was nominated for the Dora Mavor Moore Award for Zorro; he received the Jerome Foundation’s First Light Award in New York for Baryshnikov: The Other Story and, in 2002, he received the Canada Council Jacqueline-Lemieux Prize.
“Coleman’s presence is pan-Canadian and international. His work as a creator stems from a deep place within himself. He is a visionary, a humanitarian, whose work shows uncompromising originality and immense vision.”
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 neighborhoods. He uses dance as a means to unite communities within their natural environment.
Coleman uses a unique methodology of movement he has developed through his life as a dancer. It involves accessing an embodied cognitive state to explore movement, and as an approach to technical practice as well as performance. The aim is a heightened awareness of the senses that induces both physical control and involuntary movement, allowing participants to access new territories of physical experience and exploration. Coleman currently uses this technique in all his dance practice as well as in local kindergarten classes, open adult workshops, collaborations with organizations such as National Parks Canada and Toronto Community Housing and as a point of departure for research in collaboration with the Department of Cognitive Science at McMaster University.