Dollhouse is the only Canadian production selected for the shortlist and runs until August 27 at Dance Base, Scotland’s National Centre for Dance.
A total of 538 eligible shows were assessed over the first 11 days of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe by a curated panel of 28 peer assessors. Seven awards are to be presented.
The shortlisted shows now move to a judging panel where shows are seen by leading arts industry figures from seven countries including critics, academics, artists and programmers. The awards will be announced on Thursday 24 August.
A production that defies categorization, Dollhouse is a whirlwind of sound and movement that blends Buster Keaton, Kafka and Cage. Trailblazing contemporary dance master and choreographer Bill Coleman portrays a figure whose whole world is literally falling in around him. Sharing the stage with avant-garde composer Gordon Monahan, an object-laden room collapses and breaks at the dancer’s every touch. Playing the role of a modern fakir, Coleman suffers through what at times are almost comic situations on his way to sonic and and visual pandemonium. Dollhouse is both eye-popping spectacle and unique score.
Performing to packed houses in Edinburgh, Dollhouse was picked by Vogue magazine for what to see at the festival.