Interview: Austin McCormick of New York dance outfit Company XIV
Dance piece Pinocchio: A Fantasy of Pleasures at Edinburgh Fringe
This article is from 2011.
Who or what inspired you to choreograph?
I was inspired from an early age by the combination of mediums in Baroque performance (1600-1750); movement, scenic design, music, and costumes combine to give an audience a 360 degree experience at the theatre – this is what I attempt to do with Company XIV.
What do you look for in a dancer?
Classical training is very attractive but I have to say that I first and foremost look for artistry and individuality in my collaborators. I am inspired by the performers in Company XIV and enjoy building each show specifically around their unique gifts. In Pinocchio we fuse period movement with flexing (street dance) and an exquisite opera singer.
What do you hope audiences will take away from your show?
Our mission as a company is to re-imagine classical stories, twisting the familiar into something unexpected and new. My hope is that Pinocchio will be an entertaining and beautiful spectacle, it is also quite haunting and operatic. We aim to take the audience on a sexy, beautiful, sensuous journey to pleasure Island and back.
Who would be at your fantasy choreographer’s dinner party, living or dead?
I would have to invite Raoul Auger Feuillet who codified Baroque dance technique under the reign of Louis XIV, Bronislava Nijinska and Vaslav Nijinsky of the Ballets Russes, and of course Pina Bausch, the pioneer of dance/theatre. That would be quite a quartet.
Pinocchio: A Fantasy of Pleasures, New Town Theatre, 220 0143, until 28 Aug, 7pm, £12–£14.