Angela Goh (NSW)
Presented in association with Darebin Arts' Speakeasy
Desert Body Creep feeds on the corpse of a post post-everything world. Turning fear and horror into an imaginary force, it explores the transition from dead to undead, proposing a strategy towards new forms of life.
Drawing from the long history of fictional worms in our cultural imagination—as agents of fear, invasion and monstrosity—Desert Body Creep repositions the worm as the protagonist in a world of contemporary decay. Through its churning of the earth, and cyclic action of demolition and rearticulation, the worm offers a chance at transformation.
Performed by dancer and choreographer Angela Goh and an oversized gummi worm, Desert Body Creep wriggles and writhes through a hallucinatory landscape, inviting a parasitic invasion to produce new forms of flesh from the compost of history. More zombie than phoenix, this new dance work constructs a simulation of natural forces, through which the body emerges as an unnatural entity— redefining itself for an uncertain future.
Desert Body Creep was commissioned and developed through Next Wave’s Kickstart program for Next Wave Festival 2016.
This project has been assisted by Critical Path, UNSW Creative Practice Lab, ReadyMade Works, PACT Centre for Emerging Artists, the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body, the NSW Government through Arts NSW, FORM Dance Projects and the Creative Practice Lab, School of the Arts and Media, UNSW.