Somewhere there is a Siren. The disembodied female voice is perhaps even more horrific than the female body. The dark in itself is not as frightening as the imagination it lures.
Sound produces an image – hearing the female voice provokes an imagination, and our cultural imagination of the female runs wildly through the depths of monstrosity. Throughout the history of folklore, film, and popular culture, the female voice is gendered, sensationalised, feared and fantasised as much as the female body – always on the unstable borders between the angelic and the horrific.
Like the voice, Body Loss erupts from the mouth – that tunnel between interiority and exteriority, biology and language, materiality and meaning – the fantasy and the gateway through which one can eat the world which is consuming it.
Angela Goh is a dancer and choreographer. She is working with dance in theatres, galleries, and telepathetic spaces. Her work often deals with tropes of femininity; the supernatural; and dance as both a form and as a force. Her work has been presented in Australia, France, Belgium, Denmark, the USA and SouthEast Asia. Recent presentations include at the Art Gallery of NSW, the Asia-Pacific Triennial of Performing Art, and Next Wave Festival, as well as appearing around Europe as part of Galerie International’s Group Show. She has performed in major festivals and events with a range of international artists, including the Biennale of Sydney, Dance Massive, and Impulstanz International Dance Festival.
Body Loss was a new performance by Angela Goh, commissioned as part of Nature of the Hunt, a project by Auto Italia in collaboration with Harman Bains.
Image credits: Angela Goh, Body Loss, Auto Italia, 2017. Photography: Katarzyna Perlak
Body Loss was part of Live Event Series, a programme of newly commissioned performance works made possible through the generous support from Cockayne, The London Community Foundation, and Mercers Company Charitable Foundation.