Australian choreographer Marc Brew discusses Fusional Fragments
The choreographer is bringing a triple bill to the Tramway in October
What made you want to be a choreographer?
I was always getting ideas for new dances and would try out my choreography on friends and fellow dancers. I remember at lunch breaks during primary school, while everyone else was out playing I would work out dance routines with friends and perform them at school assembly!
I loved watching an idea come into fruition, so it was wonderful to attend the Victorian College of the Arts and Australian Ballet School where I was supported and encouraged to pursue choreography.
What was the inspiration behind your new work?
Fusional Fragments is an abstract work in collaboration with percussionist Dame Evelyn Glennie, composer Philip Sheppard and five very talented dancers. It explores the fusion of life fragments between my dance training in classical ballet, contemporary dance and my own movement vocabulary as a disabled dancer and choreographer.
What are you looking for in dancers that performs your work?
A real curiosity and honesty to investigate movement with an open mind and to perform to their best with clarity and conviction.
What do you hope audiences will take away from your Tramway show?
The triple bill shows a real breadth of my choreographic work, from the personal retrospective solo, Remember When, and Nocturne, which is an exquisite contemporary dance quartet inspired by J M Whistler, that draws you into the unseen dreams of cities at dusk, to Fusional Fragments which has abstract movement, dramatic lighting and a music score that will blow you away.
Marc Brew Company, Tramway, Glasgow, Fri 26 Oct.