Explosively realised, a set of characters discover the hidden stories of pop culture icons. Meeting surprising and violent ends, bodies and objects collide via a sinister vanishing screen.
From rigor mortis to The Karate Kid, Larissa McGowan’s long-running fascination with skeletal form cuts to the quick with a choreographic haste that has the five dancer’s bones popping, locking and pulsing in place.
Skeleton was inspired by the work of Australian artist Ricky Swallow (www.rickyswallow.com).
Swallow is best known for carving replicas of objects from his childhood, treating icons and everyday objects in the same way. In his work Everything is Nothing (2003) a bone-like Adidas Hoody is draped over a human skull, the replicas are like archaeological artefacts, the traces people leave behind them.
Skeleton explores the way different human bodies interact with objects they have previously experienced. The bone-like replica objects that the dancers interact with are familiar items from popular culture – a t-shirt, stiletto shoe, BMX bicycle, a skateboard.
In a jigsaw style reconstruction, bodies and the objects are constantly fitted together and pulled apart revealing the influence they have on each other. The choreography is a reconstruction of the memories each performer has of each object. Meeting surprising and violent ends, bodies and objects collide via a sinister vanishing screen that gives the performance a dreamlike cut and paste feel.
Dance Massive, Melbourne