Dougie Evans is a director, composer, and digital artist. Born in 1986, they grew up in South East London and now live in Norwich. They started their career as a sound artist in 2008, later becoming Co-Artistic Director of Lîla Dance (2012-2018), and gradually including photography, film and other digital mediums over the years. Over their career they have created a huge variety of award winning dance and theatre productions, BBC productions, short films, animations, National Trust audio walks, and sound installations.
They were Co-Artistic Director of Lîla Dance, working collaboratively with Abi and Carrie, on some truly beautiful and meaningful works which they will forever be proud of. Some of their other collaborations for dance and theatre include, Commotion Dance, Ieva Kuniskis, Joli Vyann, La Petite Mort Theatre, Floods of Ink, Tim Casson, Stopgap Dance, Yael Flexer & Nic Sandiland, The Ballet Boyz, Bootworks Theatre Collective, The Mayakaras, Platform-K, Micadanses, Indepen-dance, Aya Kobayashi, Ludus Dance, KJ L Mortimer, and Jerrel Jackson Dance Company.
Their ability to mix recordings of everyday sounds and real instruments into their sound work is what sets them apart from other composers and sound designers. Their work, whether it’s a soundtrack for a show or an installation, always aims to transport the audience so that they really feel like they are in a fictional world, even if that world is abstract or electronic. The use of familiar sounds in sometimes unfamiliar ways has become their trademark sound design.
Participation has also been a dominant feature of their work, and throughout their career they have had the great pleasure of working with a diverse range of people. They take pride in embracing an environment of inclusivity having worked with some of the leading disabled and integrated dance companies in Europe, and delivering inclusive workshops for various organisations including NHS Sussex and Hampshire County Council.
Their visual work has a strong focus on portraits and documentary photography, capturing the beauty and interest of real people and real life.
If you’d like to discuss some ideas with me, then I would love to hear from you. You can email me at dougieevans[at]gmail.com
“The drama is punctuated beautifully with Dougie Evans’s soundscapes − here the sound of outside traffic and there, the pull of a dreamy, surreal blend of effects.”
“Dougie Evans’ driving soundtrack includes sound collages and loops shaped from the technological jungle sounds of devices, apps and printers – perfectly showcased in the Skype/text routine with lush strings punctuated by loops of text pings and that trademark ringtone.”
“Dougie Evans’s jittery sound design makes ample use of ringtones, notification pings and Skype and email sound effects, often echoing or overlaying them until they become distorted and disturbing. The very familiarity of the noises, like the familiarity of the blue light, the hunched shoulders and the preoccupied face, is the root of the soundscape’s queasy power.”
“The music plays no small part in this. The sounds of modern technology – from the clicking sounds of typing on a smart phone to sell service check outs – create a show that feels incredibly current. At one point, the two dancers struggle to keep up with the sounds around them, demanding their attention, gradually getting faster and faster.”
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