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[Gu:t] is a new contemporary dance work. It explores notions of ritual and the dualities of yin-yang, life-death, and saltwater-freshwater. A duet for Soo Yeun and Albert David, [Gu:t] draws on their Korean and Torres Strait Island heritage.

Having worked with Albert in Reliquary, Soo Yeun is driven to make a new piece for them to further explore the potential intersection of Korean and Torres Strait Island cultures and practices, and to create a vehicle for their powerful performance as a duo.

[Gu:t] underwent initial development in January-March 2013, and public work-in-progress showings and artist discussions presented in Malthouse Theatre’s Limited Edition program as part of Dance Massive, 21 & 22 March 2013.

The second stage of development took place in November-December 2014. It focused on further choreographic evolution, the creation of the visual installation, and completion of the musical score.

Planning is now underway for the premiere season.

Soo Yeun You: choreographer and performer

Albert David: collaborator, Torres Strait Island cultural consultant, and performer

Naomi Ota: installation & visual direction

Gus Macmillan: composition

Lighting design: Paula Van Beek

Produced by Kath Papas Productions

Reviews for [Gu:t]:

Ritual Entwining – a review of  [Gu:t]  work-in-progress in 2013 by Philipa Rothfield for RealTime magazine.

To watch the full length video of [Gu:t] work-in-progress, email us to obtain the password.

Media credits:

Photos by Jave Lee

Videos by Cobie Orger

Additional links:

Company Miji website


2013: Malthouse Theatre, Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts

2014: Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, Victorian Government through Arts Victoria