Reality has always been augmented—by the limits of our human perception. In Sky Blue Mythic worlds loom, times loop, gestures distill and meanings distort. The body is alienated, and the alien is embodied.
Through formal acts of recursion, deviation and inversion, Sky Blue Mythic unfolds as a series of forking timelines. Against this time warp, the body is skewed through veering deviations of gestural and postural metamorphosis. Through a physicality that dislocates subjectivity, another inversion occurs —“I am a dance, personing”.
With influences as vast as Borges’ ‘Garden of Forking Paths’, the 19th century Romantic Ballet ‘Giselle’, the MMORPGs of the ‘Sword Art Online’ animes, or the 1884 novella ‘Flatland, A Romance of Many Dimensions’, Sky Blue Mythic blends themes of time, transformation and alienation, to breach the limits imposed by linear, anthropologic temporalities and human perception in a more-than-ever, more-than-human world.
Sky Blue Mythic is a dazzling matrix of ruptures in the notion of time and the category of human, and an otherworldly reorienting of the thresholds between what is known and what is other, and what is a dance and what is a body.
Created and Performed by Angela Goh
Sound Composition: Corin Ileto
Lighting Design: Govin Ruben
Technical operation: Matt Cornell
Commissioning credits: Sky Blue Mythic is a Sydney Opera House New Work Now commission, supported by its family of Donors. This project has been supported by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body; the NSW Government through Create NSW; and through residencies at the Department of Theatre and Performance Studies, the University of Sydney; and Carriageworks’ In Development program. Originally commissioned as a short work by Carriageworks, Dancehouse and the Keir Foundation for the 2020 Keir Choreographic Award.
Angela Goh was awarded the 2020 Keir Choreographic Award for Sky Blue Mythic
Sky Blue Mythic is nominated for four Green Room Awards in 2023: Best Sound Design; Best Visual Design; Best Performer; and Outstanding Creation.
23 October 2022 – Indonesian Dance Festival, Salihara Arts Center, Jakarta, Indonesia
11-19 March 2022 – Sylvia Staehli Theatre, Dancehouse, Melbourne, Australia
26-29 March, 2021 – The Studio Theatre, Sydney Opera House, Sydney, Australia
3-7 March, 2020 – in the frame of the Keir Choreographic Award, Dancehouse, Melbourne, Australia
12-14 March, 2020 – in the frame of the Keir Choreographic Award, Carriageworks, Sydney, Australia
All photos by Zan Wimberley