Dance & Physical Theatre

Oh Sheila

A thrilling piece manipulating space and time, by Sydney's best all-female street style dance crew.

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Beverley Li battling at Destructive Steps 3v3 Open Styles category.

Image Credit: JNY Photography

  • Created and Performed by: Ashley Goh, Beverley Li & Tiffany Nung

As humans, we exist within space and time, and our experiences of these concepts shape our understanding of the world around us. Our perception of space and time is largely shaped by our physical senses and our ability to perceive the passage of time.

In terms of space, we perceive the world through our senses of sight, hearing, touch, taste, and smell. We experience space in three dimensions, and our ability to move within and interact with this space is fundamental to our existence. Our experiences of space are influenced by cultural, social, and environmental factors, which can shape our perception of what is considered "normal" or "appropriate" within a given context.

In terms of time, we perceive the passage of time through our sense of duration and change. Our understanding of time is shaped by our experiences of events and processes, and our ability to anticipate future events is crucial for our survival and adaptation. Our experiences of time are also influenced by cultural and social factors, which can shape our perception of the past, present, and future. Overall, our existence in relation to space and time is complex and multifaceted, and our understanding of these concepts continues to evolve as we learn more about the nature of the universe and our place within it.

Our performance contests everything we understand of space and time and thus reality. When movement is captured on video or film, it can be slowed down, sped up or repeated, providing a more detailed and nuanced visual experience. How do we replicate these effects? Non-real-time movement such as time-lapse photography, stop-motion animation, and video montages, can we stage these in real time?

'Oh Sheila' is an all-female crew trained in styles ranging from Ballet, Jazz and Contemporary to Hip-hop, House and Popping. Collectively, they have experiences and achievements in musical and physical theatre, dance exhibitions and battles.

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