Commissioned for the Sydney Olympic Arts Festival, Mythologia takes its inspiration from the heroes of Greek mythology. Inspired in particular by the Greek poet Pindar who named Heracles as the founder of the Olympic Games, Graeme Murphy ﬁttingly created a later-day Olympic Ode.
Mythologia is an epic dance-drama on an operatic scale, taking the audience on a wonderful journey through a collection of dynamic, bold and breathtaking dance sequences in the telling of the many Trials of Heracles.
Choreographer’s note: ”With the advent of the Sydney Olympics, Sydney was under global scrutiny as thorough as any archaeological dig. Mythologia, by exploring a noble and ancient civilisation, also attempts to illuminate the grand chaos of our own. Within the fabulous physical beauty of our city, acts of kindness, tolerance, nobility and harmony are played out alongside selfishness, flippancy, cruelty and hedonism. Deeds as extreme as any Bacchic fantasy occur in this city daily. Yet Sydney remains a Mecca for the persecuted, the thoughtful and the creative – a place where against a backdrop, sometimes exquisite sometimes tawdry, individuals still aspire to ascend an Olympus of their own making.
In the dark labyrinth of mythology I have found a parallel between myth and dance – both depending so much on interactive interpretation. Here the role of the observer is as vital as the teller, and the audience becomes its own diviner of truth. I, in my own creative capacity, am merely a tool of greater forces and can but submit to the Fates.
Bringing the creative team for Mythologia together has put me back in touch with a favourite composer, Carl Vine. Carl and I have worked together many times since our first adventure with Poppy in 1978.”
Mythologia was filmed at the Lyric Theatre of the Queensland Performing Art Centre (QPAC) in Brisbane in late 2000.
CALISTO/ CERYNEAN HIND
SYDNEY DANCE COMPANY
SYDNEY GAY & LESBIAN CHOIR
RICHARD de CHAZAL
Research & Translation
The Dancers (alphabetical)
Sydney Gay & Lesbian Choir
TRUDY STONE (Soloist)
GIL SUNBARRY TAYLOR
MATTHEW WATTS (soloist)
Equipment & Crew
CUTTING EDGE POST (Brisbane)
QPAC (Queensland Performing Arts Centre)
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