Theatre practitioner, writer, creative learning specialist and blogger Carl Woodward recently caught up with Tony Adigun of Avant Garde Dance to talk through his love of music, reinventing a classic tale and his inspirations. Below is a small excerpt from the interview – and Pavilion Dance even gets a cheeky mention!
“Fagin’s Twist examines one of Charles Dickens’ most famous notorious villains. How did it all come about?
I was looking for a classic tale to re-tell, and finally settled on the story of Oliver Twist. In thinking about the different characters in the book, with the team, I set about re-imagining some of them; discussing what led them to the point at which the story we all know starts, and creating backstories for those who didn’t have them. How did they get to that point? Oliver’s character seemed too simple, he was too nice and everything just fell into place for him. It seemed too easy for him. Fagin was the last one we looked at. I’m a believer in the underdog and I was really interested in his personality. I wanted to take his journey before he got to the point where he’s most recognisable and look at his past, at his childhood and see what parallels I could make between him and Oliver.
You are bringing Fagin’s Twist to Pavilion Dance in Bournemouth. What are your thoughts on the cultural ecology in the region?
Pavilion Dance is a great organisation – a really important player, not just in the South West but across the UK, in terms of supporting and helping artists develop, and creating new choreographic work. We’ve enjoyed, and massively benefitted from, working with them in the past, and meeting people in Bournemouth interested in coming to see and take part in our work. So we really look forward to returning this month. It’s an interesting place to perform as you have the local community plus the tourists. With PDSW now programming two-night runs rather than just one-nighters, hopefully audiences will grow and include more of the passing tourist trade as well as those living locally.”