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Desert Body Creep by Angela Goh – Next Wave Festival 2016

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Last week I saw Desert Body Creep choreographed and performed by Angela Goh (NSW) at the Next Wave Festival at Northcote Town Hall.

Angela Goh, Desert Body Creep, Next Wave Festival 2016, Chunky Move, Worms, Critical Path, dance, choreographer, movement, experimental, Australain Council for the Arts, Urban Theatre Projects, ReadyMade Works, Ausdance NSW, Darebin Arts, PACT, Northcote Town Hall
Desert Body Creep by Angela Goh

For the uninitiated, Angela Goh created this work from studying different types of worms and you can check out her notes here about her top ten worms.

Worms?

Yes, worms - those wriggly sometimes slimy little things that exist in moist environments in the garden, in a tequila bottle, and in dry environments like the desert.

What do worms have to do with dance?

I don't pretend to know. I'm not a dancer or choreographer, only an enthusiast; the fastest I move is slug pace, and that's on a good day.

But worms can move in all types of interesting ways and Angela explores these movements, by repetition in different environments; the slow motion disco, mist, and the desert.

Angela Goh, Desert Body Creep, Next Wave Festival 2016, Chunky Move, Worms, Critical Path, dance, choreographer, movement, experimental, Australain Council for the Arts, Urban Theatre Projects, ReadyMade Works, Ausdance NSW, Darebin Arts, PACT, Northcote Town Hall, Zan Wimberley
Photo by Zan Wimberley


Angela explores the movement of sound in the space by recording her voice singing with a midi loop pedal, creating refracted overlays, similar to echoes of the voice in a cave or at the bottom of a cliff face.

Do worms make sounds?

I'm not sure, but maybe they do as they creep through different environments.

Angela creeps into the space with a 'gummi' worm on her spine' experimenting with the flexibility of the creature. She then embodies 'gummi' and explores surfaces and landscapes and other creatures represented through a variety of fabric textures. She begins to consume and ingest the landscapes until 'gummi' becomes one big green earth worm.

Angela escapes the cocoon, stuffs the worm and all her clothes into a plastic storage pack and sucks the life of it with a vacuum cleaner. Silence.

Death? Preservation? The audience decides and interprets.

Heavy metal music erupts and Angela is standing on a vibrating body shaper and allowing the audience to see the vibrations through her naked body. At first it seems obscene, but then when you think about worms, and how they move, and perhaps what they feel as they move on different surfaces, whether damp soil, or hot sand, or on a noisy street, then this is another embodiment. Angela experiments with different speeds and tempos on the body shaper, and how this changes the vibrations through the body.

Silence.

Darkness.

Angela sits at the piano and plays.

What does it all mean?

I'm not sure, but I sure left thinking; and that's why we have the Next Wave Festival, to see new artistic work that pushes the boundaries, and takes us to places where we may have never gone to by ourselves.

Angela Goh is a dancer and choreographer presenting her experimental work in a range of contexts in Australia and internationally. Her work explores dance and choreography as practices of speculation, approaching performance as an event which simultaneously produces reality and fantasy.

Desert Body Creep was commissioned and developed through Next Wave's Kickstart program for the Next Wave Festival 2016.

Next Wave is the most comprehensive platform in Australia for a new generation of artists taking creative risks. Next Wave produces unparalleled learning programs and a biennial festival which reflect a commitment to social and cultural diversity, environmental sustainability and inclusion.

2016.nextwave.org.au

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When: Tue–Sat 7:45pm | Sun 3pm & 6:45pm
Phone: 0393299422
Where: Northcote Town Hall
Cost: $28 Full | $23 concession
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