Re-writing the history of Australian contemporary dance. 

Building on last year’s Talking Bodies series, this year’s unique dance lecture performances focuses on the theme of ‘dancing monuments’, tracing the diverse, uncanny and counter-culture narratives that make up the story of dance in Australia today.

Over 3 nights, join some of Sydney’s finest dance artists, The Fondue Set, Angela Goh and Latai Taumoepeau. Combining storytelling with performance, video and re-enactment, each artist presents a playlist of the great influences, practices and issues that have shaped their work. From internet memes and ceremonial dance protocols to climate change, eisteddfods and feminist manifestos these influences are far reaching. The artists reveal how thoroughly dance is mixed up in the issues. Big, small, social and personal, these issues shape who we are and how we make sense of our world today.

This second event of the series features celebrated experimental Sydney-based dancer and choreographer Angela Goh. Working in theatres, galleries and telepathetic spaces, Angela’s performances consider the body in relationship to commodity, materiality, technology and feeling. For Dancing Monuments, Angela reflects on the diverse source materials, phenomena and concerns that have inspired her work. She re-enacts pivotal and never-before seen scenes from her work, while speculating about dance and what it can do. Angela sees dance as a container with which to feel the world, as a bearer of knowledge, and as the point where everything starts and nothing ends.

Artist: Angela Goh

Curators: Rhiannon Newton and Katy Green Loughrey

Talking Bodies is presented by the City of Sydney as part of the Late Night Library series, in association with March Dance.


Talking Bodies: The Fondue Set 

Talking Bodies: Latai Taumoepeau

Image Credit: Uncanny Valley Girl, photo by Bryony Jackson


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