Each week at Embrace Disruption we introduce you to an influential person in the digital, blogger, arts, culture, film, or media world! Every Thursday, you can check back at EDPR to find out who we think is particularly amazing at ‘embracing disruption’ within their respective industries. This week, we’d like to introduce you to the Co-artistic Director of Coleman Lemieux Compagnie: seasoned dancer, Bill Coleman!
What’s your official job title, and where did you go to school?
Co artistic director of Coleman Lemieux & Compagnie; Grove Secondary School, Hastings, England.
Elevator pitch. Describe yourself in a nutshell (or sea shell, or any shell for that matter).
Rogue choreographer with a penchant for creating dances with people from all walks of life.
Why did you pursue what you’re doing now? What was the inspiration?
I love dance and dancing, and I wanted to see and experience more of the world…so I started to use my life in dance as a way to do this.
What is the best part of your day-to-day?
Going in the studio and moving.
What’s the most challenging?
Not going in the studio and moving….
If you took a look in the cliché crystal ball, what do you see for yourself?
A passport filled with entry stamps and visas from working all over the world.
How do you embrace disruption in your work and personal life?
If we accept we are striving for perfection, we must accept that we are incomplete and in a constant process of attaining this, therefore we must live happily and embrace disruption as an essential part of the process of ‘getting there’.
What is the most memorable moment in your career?
Premiering a tribute to my father, a Requiem for sailors in WWII (Convoy PQ 17) with symphony orchestra, chorus, and hundreds of veterans in attendance in Saint Petersburg, Russia.
Do you support any initiatives or charities? Tell us about it, and please provide links!
Dance Collection Danse, an organization of friendly people who collect dance memories
Sunday Contact Improvisation Jam at Dovercourt House, Contact Improvisation is a very human activity that is accessible to everyone with a pair of sweatpants
Tell us what you see yourself doing at 65 years old.
Same as I am now, but dancing more, traveling more and having more fun.
Just for fun: if you had to pick one app in the whole APPVERSE, what would it be?
Ummm, my favorite mobile technology is BIXI Bikes. It connects me with my friends and family.