Local electronic powerhouse MYTHS has been a favourite of mine since I first saw them back in May, so when I heard they were transforming their amazing debut self titled LP into an opera I froze mid air in excitement.
The stage was decorated with the elaborate paper art of member Lief Hall, white antler like branches and an array of shredded fabrics oh so a la MYTHS. The feeling was already set as it was clear this production much like in MYTHS fashion was complete DIY, from the projections to the costuming everything carefully thought out and organized.
The performance opened as two talented contemporary dancers graced the stage, as kaliedoscopic nebulae were projected behind. Then, like two goddesses adorned in light, Lief Hall and Quinne Rogers stepped out and chanted the most beautiful and harmonious version of The Horizon , which led the projections to lead into fantastic mirrored landscapes as if these spacial goddesses were creating a universe of their own through ancient spells. Two very young girls also graced the stage for the performance, who did an amazing job embodying the dark electronica through spastic dance moves, and ritual performance.
As the opera progressed the visuals and dancing became more intense and elaborate, also prompting a live noise improvisation with the aid of hand held radios, one of the highlights of this magnificent show. As the visuals became more intense and moved from landscapes to cityscapes so did the electro cacophony, Goldbase had hall techno-krumping while flanked by spastic children and ballet-esque dancing all while being engulfed by strobe light. It was clear it took a lot of effort from the audience not to jump up and start dancing as well. In the end I dub the night a booming success, a break from a normal show and offering a creative and thrilling way of playing their music. MYTHS proved once again how meticulously creative with every aspect of performance they have been known for, and I hope The Golden Dawn has a comeback show!
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