Sky Blue Mythic approaches dance as a non-human entity, as a method towards opening ways to know dance, the body, and time, differently. It imagines gestures as symbols that can translate, morph and stretch meaning across times, dimensions, and worlds.
Curtains open. There is no dance being performed on the stage. The dance that is not being performed is a ballet, Giselle. The backdrop is medieval, and the elements are super natural. It’s Act 2, and you know that someone died at the end of Act 1. Time is an arrow that has been shot off stage, out of frame. You go out-of-render, looking for it, but it’s nowhere to be found. Damn. But then! Duration has no direction. Good. We will orient ourselves here.
Sky Blue Mythic imagines dance as a non-human entity, existing on timescales longer than our cultural narratives, in spaces beyond the locality of the body, and forms unknowable to human-centric sensing. In a quest to move away from anthropocentrism, Sky Blue Mythic allows dance to alienate itself from human expression, in turn requiring the body to become an interface rather than a vehicle. By imagining a history of dance that is not human centred, Sky Blue Mythic encounters possible worlds beyond our own reflection. What do we learn when we confront that we do not exist in a vacuum, but are staring into a void.
Created and performed by Angela Goh
Sound composition: Corin Ileto
Lighting: in consultation with Govin Ruben
Commissioned by: Carriageworks, Dancehouse and the Keir Foundation for the 2020 Keir Choreographic Award.
With support: Australia Council
Angela Goh was awarded the 2020 Keir Choreographic Award for Sky Blue Mythic.
3-7 March, 2020 – in the frame of the Keir Choreographic Award, Dancehouse, Melbourne, AU
12-14 March, 2020 – in the frame of the Keir Choreographic Award, Carriageworks, Sydney, AU
All photos by Zan Wimberley