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Deep Cove ballet dancer takes on Tilt
Scott Fowler has tried hip-hop and jazz sporadically, but for him no other form of dance comes close to ballet.
Growing up in Deep Cove, he was in the first Boys Only program at the Arts Umbrella and has since performed in productions of Alberta Ballet’s Nutcracker, Ballet BC’s Peter Pan and during the opening ceremonies of the Olympics in Vancouver.
Now an apprentice with Ballet BC, the 20-year-old is in the company’s production of Tilt, featuring the return of Walking Mad and two other original world premieres, which runs Oct. 17 to 19 at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre.
Originally performed in Vancouver in 2012, Walking Mad is touted as one of “riveting unpredictably, replicating the Socratic theme that ‘our greatest blessings come to us by way of madness.’”
The ballet explores situations and conflicts in romantic relationships, explains Fowler, who portrays a controlling and even violent partner.
“A lot of the duet movement symbolizes the man has control over the woman, and he’s manipulating how the relationship is,” he says of his part in Walking Mad, which was created by John Inger for Netherlands Dance Theatre in 2001 and praised as “a riotous hit, a clever, surreal romp” by the Boston Globe.
At just nine years old, Fowler chose ballet after his mother enrolled him in a class. He was home-schooled in North Vancouver until high school, when he chose Magee secondary in Kerrisdale, which had a program that allowed him to take academic classes half the day and train the rest.
He went on to the Arts Umbrella graduate program in 2011 and attended summer intensive programs at American Ballet Theatre and the National Ballet School. He’s worked with many top ballet choreographers, including John Alleyne, Gioconda Barbuto, Aszure Barton, James Kudelka, Emily Molnar, Donald Sales and Lesley Telford.
“It’s definitely full-time. There’s not really much you can do when you go home because it’s night time and you just have time to eat dinner,” says Fowler of his long hours practising for Tilt. “You have to like it, it’s not a job to get money. If you’re not enjoying it, it would be really hard.”
Tickets for Tilt are available for $22 to $70 at ticketmaster.ca.