Written by Pixie Stardust
The unusual advertising for this local production featured a beautiful women standing in her underwear with a birdcage on her head. Of course I was intrigued. The talented Erin Fowler, a recent graduate of the Adelaide College of the Arts, wrote, directed, choreographed and starred in this work. Also featuring fellow graduate Jessie Oshodi and student Mikaila Roe, Myth used dance, projection, music, vintage audio and Attenborough-esque narration to explore the portrayal of the female in society.
Through the archetypes of the goddess, the beauty, the housewife, the femme fatale and the caged bird, the dancers explore the juxtaposition of empowerment and oppression. A thoughtful use of props, costumes and set design added beauty, impact, humor and pathos. I particularly liked the opening scenes where they danced upon a carpet of rose petals, releasing the heavenly scent into the room. The final scene where Mikaila danced acrobatically inside a birdcage suspended in mid air was a stunning and powerful conclusion to a unique, engaging work.
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