Multi award-winning dancer Larissa McGowan began her dance training at the Queensland Dance School of Excellence, before graduating from the Victorian College of the Arts as ‘Most Outstanding Talent’. She joined Australian Dance Theatre (ADT) in 2000 and has toured extensively with the company, both in Australia and internationally. During this period she won numerous awards for her work as a dancer, including a Helpmann Award in 2004 for Best Female Dancer. In 2008, she became ADT’s Assistant Choreographer and her work, Zero-sum, made its world premiere at WOMADelaide 2009. Following this were highly successful appearances as a guest choreographer on two seasons of So You Think You Can Dance. Larissa was one of 4 choreographers featured in the 2014 Sydney Dance Company program, Contemporary Women, for which she created Fanatic, premiering at the Sydney Opera House. The work will be remounted in 2013. Skeleton is Larissa’s first full-length work as an independent choreographer.
Mortal Condition by Larissa McGowan
Mortal Condition explores a very human relationship and the world of gaming. An unrestrained union turns to video games to ease the monotony. What would your avatar look like? If you could choose different parts of you, what could you be instead of this life?
Inspired by Mike Patton’s (Faith No More) ground-breaking album Adult Themes for Voice and from observing gamers play for hours on end, Mortal Condition explores human interactions and what might materialise from them in a virtual gaming world.
Watch as renowned South Australian choreographer, Larissa McGowan’s precise design mixes martial arts and gaming references whilst enlightening our deepening relationship with technology.
Mortal Condition is an extraordinary journey into a virtual world of contemporary dance.
“The lasting impression of Mortal Condition is of the exciting quality of the superfast dancing... and this performance has it in spades.” The Australian.
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