Falling and Double Take/October 16, 1978

derek mcgrath and peggy coffey, promotional image for falling: a wake

I’m working on a beautiful show this week. Falling: A Wake is a moving story about love and letting go. Directed by Randy Read for New Stages, and starring Derek McGrath and Peggy Coffey (above) it opens on April 12th at the Market Hall.

A human story in a seamless script performed by two honest and giving actors. If you’re in the Peterborough area, I can’t recommend this show enough.

image of Bill James, Corey Wournell and Peter Hessel in October 16, 1978, choreographer, Bill James

Tonight and tomorrow (April 5 and 6), you have the chance to catch two fine dance performances (Double Take), also at the Market Hall. I was called in to take a few promo shots of one of them titled “October 16, 1978.”

image of Bill James, Corey Wournell and Peter Hessel in October 16, 1978, choreographer, Bill James

Bill James is the choreographer (seated in the photo above).

image of Bill James, Corey Wournell and Peter Hessel in October 16, 1978, choreographer, Bill James

The piece is performed by Bill, Corey Wournell and Peter Hessel (left to right above).

This is a new method of working for Bill, showing the influence of his recent yoga training and a move toward collective creation. The piece is full of tension and dynamic and moves at a fast pace with the three bodies exchanging energy in multifaceted ways.

image of bill james dancing in October 16, 1978This is also the first time in a while that Bill has performed in one of his own pieces. Do yourself a favour and go see Bill dance. If you enjoy dance or movement work, you’ll enjoy watching this consummate choreographer move through his dancing.

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