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Watch very closely as you enter the PACT space for Matthew Day’s Intermission. Emerging from the narrow entrance space into the almost completely darkened theatre alone, it’s easy to miss the ghostly face bobbing eerily in the blackness. But it’s there, moving almost imperceptibly forwards and backwards as the lights come down entirely.
Off the back of a successful run at Melbourne’s Malthouse Theatre, Daniel Schlusser’s production of Thomas Bernhard’s grandiose, paradoxical play The Histrionic comes to Sydney Theatre Company this week, starring Bille Brown.
You wouldn’t know it to listen to her now, but former triple j Unearthed winner Yunyu, who grew up in Singapore, describes a formal education in music that almost beat the tunes out of her. “Singapore’s definition of music was really limited at the time,” says the songwriter and creatrix, who is now based in New South Wales. “They were strict with their punishments – the teachers could get quite physical. It was like they wanted to kill your love of music.”
What lies at the heart of “I”? It’s a question no shortage of philosophy and art has tried to answer. Human history is littered with explorations of selfhood and attempts to understand subjectivity. Australian Dance Theatre throws its hat in the ring with Be Your Self, a tight 70-minute physical excursion into the ways we define our selves.
“We haven’t seen each other in a while… I’ve been feeling an intense urgency to get back to it.” Matthew Day, dancer and choreographer, isn’t talking about his latest paramour – or at least, not a human one. He’s talking Intermission, his forthcoming self-choreographed solo dance work: “It had a two-week development at PACT at the beginning of the year, and then I did another two weeks of development back in Melbourne… They were really broad, blue-sky research periods. There was a question, I guess, that I just kept coming back to: How do I ride a wave with my body? Most of my preparations lately have been kind of computer-based; I won’t be working physically until I get into the [PACT] space in Sydney.”