The Bowie Collective are UK, Bristol based Musicians, Artists and Tech-heads, and launched their first full-blown theatrical show at The Forum, Bath under a year ago.
The original dazzling two-act multimedia show began in a complete, life size recreation of the Heddon St. cover of the "Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars" album cover.
The event surpassed all expectation, and landed shows with The Bootleg Beatles and several international festival appearances, establishing The Bowie Collective as the newest and best Bowie show, and finally filling the gap of a premium Bowie event on par with The Australian Pink Floyd etc.
“We take inspiration from David’s life and work, and like him we’re not afraid to take risks. This show is about creativity, love and standing up for freedom of expression. It’s where we all come together to meet in person and celebrate our hero"
Bowie collective regulars coming to the new show will recognize the same razor-sharp rock band, and the same eerily authentic presence of the Rock ‘n Roll Alien himself.
The tailoring, design and make-up of the Bowie look are a big part of the show, but The Bowie Collective take the show way beyond any existing “tribute” act. The stunning multi-screens and intense lightshow tell a story around the music, creating a highly emotional arc to the two-hour performance, and presenting many of the songs in surprising ways.
Hardcore Bowie fans will nod knowingly at the detail embedded on the show, and people discovering Bowie will enjoy a sensory rollercoaster into the mind of a genius.
INTERVIEW with Steve Evans - Performer and Voice Artist taking the role of David Bowie in the new stage show show from The Bowie Collective
Steve lives and works in SW England making records and creating music and vocal work for Advertising agencies such as Saatchi & Saatchi and Ogilvy & Mather. It’s a safe bet that most people in the UK and around the world have heard Steve’s voice without realizing it! Steve learnt his vocal and production skills working with the likes of Robert Plant, Petula Clark, Goldfrapp, Siouxsie Sioux and more.
How did the Bowie Collective come about?
“There’s a bunch of us who create music and events for a living and we all love Bowie. Our plan to get together to play some songs and raise some money for charity to mark David’s death has been so successful that three years later we have a full-blown stadium-ready show. The audience creates such an amazing atmosphere that at times it’s been quite emotional. Hearing two thousand people singing Life On Mars is a spine-tingling experience.”
How did you create the different looks that feature in the show?
“When you explain to creatives that you’re trying to authentically re-create the world of Bowie you can see a sparkle in their eye. Saville Row trained tailor Hannah Geraghty pulled in some incredible people from the Royal Opera House to figure out how to reverse engineer iconic
Bowie outfits like Freddie Berretti's suit Blue from the life On Mars video, and Bath based costumier Cathy Kelly has helped re-create the Alexander McQueen Union Jack frock-coat. The costumes in our show would be at home in the V&A! The Ray Marsden wig company are behind some of the biggest films and TV shows and when they jumped on board the whole look came together like some kind of Bowie Hallucination.”
What can people expect to see at the new show?
“They are going to hear the biggest songs from Space Oddity to Let’s Dance. The recordings of the show have fooled some serious Bowie fans because the band go to extraordinary lengths to forensically recreate the records in all their subtlety and atmosphere. This time we will attempt something never before attempted – still under wraps at the moment...
It really is like being at a Bowie gig, with all the Rock ’n Roll energy you would expect, but with the added twist of some amazing work from our motion graphics and visual teccy artists who have created a beautiful, high-impact, sparkling visual panorama which gives a new context to these amazing songs.”