To Be Moved by Braydon Dowler-Coltman and Matt Skopyk
Remaining shows: August 23 – 26 at Venue #28: The Playhouse
An interview with Braydon Dowler-Coltman.
Describe your show in one sentence.
To Be Moved is an emotional and physical reflection on the cycle of love.
Okay, now that we’re intrigued… what’s the longer description of your show?
This piece is a meditation on the challenges we encounter when our stories come to a halt, unexpectedly. The show blends movement, music and text to offer a story of love and loss. To Be Moved is framed as a ‘Visual Album’, which often refers to imagery set to single musical tracks to create richer storytelling through an album of music. The story follows Jeff as he revisits moments in a relationship that has been interrupted, resulting in his inability to move forward.
It sounds like To Be Moved is one of the more unique/experimental shows at the Fringe. What was the creative process like for this piece?
I have valued the creative process that this collaborative team has made possible. The opportunity to have two creative and intrigued performers as well as a design and technical team in the room for the duration of the process has allowed for a deep exploration of the relationships and ideas of the piece. From the outset, Matthew and I have been imagining that this kind of work will need to develop in multiple stages and we are so appreciative to be able to engage an audience in this first stage here at the Fringe; a festival whose truest spirit lies in its ability to provide a springboard or launching pad for new voices and work.
Matthew Skopyk’s sound design is always so incredible – what can audiences expect from the original music in To Be Moved?
When Matthew and I first began this project, the relationship between music and storytelling was the most important aspect we wanted to incorporate. Collaborating with him is a dream for any creator! He understands how to expand on an emotional journey through the subtlety of sound. The original music created for this project embodies that in full. The music becomes another character with such fine precision, it can be hard not to get lost in the world his music provides. In fact, you can listen to a glimpse of it here: www.soundcloud.com/ matthewskopyk/sets/to-be- moved-original
Anything else you want audiences to know about the show?
Megan Koshka has done a beautiful job working in synergy with Matthew on the production design, offering a captivating aesthetic for the show. We have also been very fortunate to have partnered with local design studio “Workhall”, who have generously provided the costumes from their own Whyte Avenue location.
The 36th Edmonton International Fringe Theatre Festival is August 17 – 27. Get your tickets at tickets.fringetheatre.ca .