Inspired by the enigmatic optical phenomenon, Mirage is a new full-length dance work by choreographer and dancer Martin del Amo, conjuring a shimmering world that oscillates between expectation and unpredictability.
Fusing dance with striking visual design and a mesmerising musical score, the work creates a multidimensional reality, in which nothing is what it seems. Boundaries are constantly blurred and renegotiated – between memory and dreams, fantasy and illusion, what was and what is going to be.
“The work is centred around exploring the optical phenomenon of ‘mirage’,” del Amo explains. “It creates a world that shifts between expectation and unpredictability. It mixes dance with visual design and a mesmerising musical score to create a multidimensional reality. Nothing is what it seems. Boundaries are constantly blurred and renegotiated – between memory and dreams, fantasy and illusion, what was and what is going to be.”
Memory is the central theme behind the work, del Amo says. “This theme has been inspired in part by the ageing process: when memory starts to differ and blur, as we simply have more memories to navigate. How the brain works to influence memories, how an event that is further away now seems much closer than more recent happenings. It’s a variation on the theme of ‘blurring realities’ that I have explored in previous works, but doing so in a very new way.”
Commissioned by Campbelltown Arts Centre’s contemporary dance program, Mirage is set to the music composition Piano and String Quartet by American avant-garde composer Morton Feldman, played live by pianist Sonya Lifschitz and the all-female Enigma Quartet.