New Dance Horizons to tour Dollhouse by dancer/choreographer Bill Coleman with electronic sound installation by Gordon Monahan to Saskatoon, Swift Current and Regina in January.
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New Dance Horizons presents Bill Coleman's Dollhouse tapping and thundering across the province
photo credits: (clockwise from top left) Daniel Paquet, Paul Antoine Taillefer, Paul Antoine Taillefer, Paul Antoine Taillefer
Dollhouse depicts a man whose world is literally falling down on top of him. Informed by such diverse sources as Artaud to The Three Stooges, dancer/choreographer Bill Coleman is a man out sync with his surroundings as he tap dances and prat falls through a booby-trapped set creating symphonic chaos.

Coleman's tapping, quivering, collapsing character shares the stage with award-winning sound artist Gordon Monahan, who masterminds a live score generated by interactions between the dancer's body and mechanical and electronically manipulated objects. In this environment, laden with precarious objects and startling costumes by Saskatchewan artist Edward Poitras, every sound is an action and every action is a sound.

The result is a tragic, horrifying, bombastic and irrepressibly funny performance.

New Dance Horizons is thrilled to present Coleman's completed performance of Dollhouse in cooperation with local partners to engage various audiences across the province this January. An unplugged version of Dollhouse will be presented at Dance Saskatchewan Incorporated in Saskatoon on January 21, with full versions of the show to be presented at The Art Gallery of Swift Current on January 25 and The Dunlop Art Gallery in Regina from January 27 - 29. 

Tickets may be purchased through New Dance Horizons' website (, over the phone (306-525-5393) or at the door.
Contact Sandee Moore, Marketing and Community Relations Coordinator at New Dance Horizons to arrange interviews with the artists or for further information.

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Reviews of Dollhouse
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The National Post
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Saskatchewan Tour Stops and Dates:
Saskatoon: January 21
Swift Current: January 25
Regina: January 27 – January 29

Coleman will present excerpts of his new show Dollhouse minus Gordon Monahan's live score for this special Saskatoon performance date. Excerpted sections include Breaking Glass, Knocking Things Over/Sticky Tiles, and Arrows for a total performance time of just over 30 minutes.

Saturday, January 21

show starts 8:00 p.m.

Dance Saskatchewan Incorporated, 205 Pacific Avenue, Saskatoon

All tickets: $15


Wednesday, January 25

show starts 7:30 p.m.

Art Gallery of Swift Current, 411 Herbert St E, Swift Current

General Admission $25
Student Rate $18
Children (under 12) $10


Friday, January 27 – Sunday, January 29
Artist's talk: Thursday, January 26

show starts 7:30 p.m.

Dunlop Art Gallery, 2311 12 Ave., Regina 

General Admission: $25
Student Rate: $18

Children (under 12): $10


About BIll Coleman

As co-founder and artistic co-director of Coleman Lemieux & Compagnie, Bill Coleman’s previous creative endeavors include Bill Coleman & His North American Experience, co- founded with the composer John Oswald, and Heartland Events, co-founded with Michael Caplan. Coleman’s work is performed in North America, Europe and Asia.

Born in Berwick, Nova Scotia in 1961, Bill Coleman studied with the Doreen Bird dance theater school in London and began his professional career as a performer in 1979 with the Dublin City Ballet under Sir Anton Dolin. He danced in key roles for a number of well- known dance companies including Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane & Co., Tere O’Connor Dance, Wiesbaden Ballet, Toronto Dance Theatre, the Martha Graham Dance Company, William Douglas Dance, Laurence Lemieux, Fondation Jean-Pierre Perreault and Tedi Tafel. As a choreographer, Bill Coleman has compiled over fifty original works to his credit both for his own company and for Toronto Dance Theatre, Dancemakers, the Canadian Children’s Dance Theatre and Balletworks in New York.

While in residence among First Nation communities, Coleman initiated four projects and continues to collaborate regularly with different groups and associations to produce community-inspired, unique dance theatre performance events.

In 2002, the Canadian Council for the Arts awarded Bill Coleman the prestigious Jacqueline Lemieux award, honoring his work in revitalizing the art of choreography.

About Gordon Monahan
Gordon Monahan's works for piano, loudspeakers, video, kinetic sculpture, and computer-controlled sound environments span various genres from avant-garde concert music to multi-media installation and sound art. As a composer and sound artist, he juxtaposes the quantitative and qualitative aspects of natural acoustical phenomena with elements of media technology, environment, architecture, popular culture, and live performance.

Monahan began performing in public as a member of various rock bands in Ottawa, Canada (1968-73). Since 1978, he has performed and exhibited at numerous performance spaces, museums, galleries, and festivals, including Hamburger Bahnhof (Berlin), the Venice Bienale, the Secession (Vienna), Haus der Kunst (Munich), Mak Museum (Vienna) The Kitchen (NY), the Walker Art Center (Minneapolis), Merkin Hall (NY), and Massey Hall (Toronto). Early in his career, he specialized as a pianist, performing John Cage's Etudes Australes, premiering pieces by James Tenney and Udo Kasemets, and composing extended works for acoustic piano (Piano Mechanics, 1981) and amplified prepared piano (This Piano Thing, 1989). The renowned composer John Cage once said, "At the piano, Gordon Monahan produces sounds we haven't heard before."

Beginning in the late 1970's, he created sound works using elements of natural forces and the environment, eventually constructing long string installations activated by wind (Long Aeolian Piano, 1984-88), by water vortices (Aquaeolian Whirlpool, 1990) and by indoor air draughts (Spontaneously Harmonious in Certain Kinds of Weather, 1996). His work for electronic tone generators and human speaker swingers (Speaker Swinging, 1982), is a hybrid of science, music, and performance art, where minimalistic trance music based on the Doppler Effect contrasts with issues central to performance art such as physical struggle and 'implied threat'. Viewing the loudspeaker as a discrete instrument for generating or 'representing' music, Monahan has constructed a loudspeaker catapult (A Magnet That Speaks Also Attracts, 1986) and a series of 'imitation' loudspeaker installations (Music From Nowhere, 1989). During the 1990's he developed an ensemble of multi-functional computer-controlled sound-machines which undergo various transformations in performance and installation environments. In Sounds and the Machines That Make Them (1994), a computer controls the actions of a network of machine sculptures built from electronic surplus and industrial trash, which generate complex layers of acoustically produced sounds. In Multiple Machine Matrix (1996-98), a remote-controlled robot enters this environment and pretends to learn how to perform and behave on a public stage. Monahan created an interactive mechanical sound installation for the Sony Center in Berlin (Silicon Lagoon, 2000), and has developed installations using computer-controlled water drops falling upon amplified objects (When it Rains, 2000/Theremin in the Rain, 2005). Recent works include multi-channel sound installations (A Very Large Vinyl LP Constructed in Acoustic Space, 2007), Theremin Pendulum, a chaotic theremin installation (2008), Gamelan Klavier (2009), a composition for gamelan and prepared piano, and a series of long-piano-string installations activated by audio signals.

Monahan's interest in 'hi- and lo-tech' and 'high and low culture' led him to collaborate with Laura Kikauka and Bastiaan Maris in establishing The Glowing Pickle (Berlin, 1993-95), an electronic surplus store using 20 tons of discarded East German scientific equipment, parodying both communist and capitalist cultures. He also collaborated with Laura Kikauka to produce the infamous Berlin underground club Schmalzwald (1996-2000). From 2000 until 2004 he led the Berlin-based group Fuzzy Love, performing on electric organ.

Gordon Monahan is the recipient of a 2013 Governor-General's Award in Visual and Media Arts. He won First Prize at the 1984 CBC National Radio Competition for Young Composers, as well as commissions from the Vancouver New Music Society; CBC Radio; Dade County Art in Public Places, Miami; The Kitchen, New York; the DAAD Inventionen Festival, Berlin, the Donaueschingen Musiktage and the Sony Center, Berlin. His controversial commission for the Dade County MetroRail transit system was banned during the 1988 New Music America festival in Miami. That same year, Monahan was chosen as CBC Radio's entry to the International Rostrum of Composers in Paris. Monahan has been Artist-in-Residence at the Banff Centre for the Arts (1990), the Exploratorium in San Francisco (1991), D.A.A.D., Berlin (1992-93), the Western Front, Vancouver (1999), Podewil, Berlin (2002), Kunsthalle Krems, Austria (2006), Museumsquartier, Vienna (2008), and a fellow with the New York Foundation for the Arts (1991).
Monahan is the Bonn "City Sound Artist" for 2016 and is commissioned to produce a new sound installation and a performance for the Kammerspiele Theater in Bonn-Bad Godesberg.
About New Dance Horizons

New Dance Horizons (NDH) is a Regina-based not-for-profit organization that since 1986 has presented internationally-acclaimed dance shows, produced original works, and organized activities that engage both the dance community and the general public.

NDH plays a distinctive and integral role in developing and strengthening the dance community in Saskatchewan. In addition to performance presentation, NDH offers courses, workshops and lectures with guest artists and community events. Thanks to the bold artistic vision and community engagement of acclaimed Canadian artist and co-founder Robin Poitras, NDH has become internationally recognized as a champion of creative dance. NDH offers adventurous and ever-changing dance encounters for everyone.

“Contemporary dance develops new vocabularies to relate realities and fantasies. This season’s presentations feature remarkable works by highly original artists, offering a feast of dance encounters and joyously festive events. I invite you to join us in an adventurous season of moving art!” – Robin Poitras, Artistic Director and Co-founder of New Dance Horizons

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New Dance Horizons thanks the following agencies for their support:
The Government of Canada, Saskatchewan Arts Board, City of Regina, Canada Council for the Arts, CanDance, Dance Saskatchewan Inc., SaskCulture, Business for the Arts

Bill Coleman and Coleman Lemieux & Compagnie thanks the following agencies for their support of Dollhouse:
Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council, Toronto Arts Council

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