Growing up, Lye’s kinetic sculptures are imprinted on my memory as objects that were incredibly dynamic and other. Responding to the inherent choreography of the newly expanded ‘Sky Snakes’, has revealed a powerful connection between my work and journey as a dance artist. It became direct link through time to my past, magnified by a powerful and personal sense of return and locality, experiencing lockdown home in Taranaki after many years away.
‘Beneath Sky Snakes’ documents an interplay and danced response to the dynamic and highly choreographic organisation of Len Lye’s kinetic sculpture ‘Sky Snakes (1965/2019)’. The multi-spiral action is articulated and reconfigured within the dancing body as interplay, suggesting a physical conversation between human and other, in an environment echoing the elemental, archaic and mythological separation of earth and sky, Gaia and Uranus, Ranginui and Papatūānuku.
With thanks to the Len Lye Foundation, and The Govett-Brewster Art Gallery /Len Lye Centre
Choreography/Direction/Performance by Cameron McMillan
Sound by Richard Riederaur and Cameron McMillan
Extra Videography by Mark Dwyer
New Zealand born and raised, Cameron’s international career, spans contemporary dance, ballet, film, and fashion. He is currently based in London, UK.
He has danced for The Royal New Zealand Ballet, English National Ballet, Rambert, Sydney Dance Company amongst others, and now creates dance work at the intersect of dance forms exploring complex and articulate physical architectures across scale for companies, festivals and leading institutions in the UK and Europe, Hong Kong, Australia, and New Zealand.
In 2012 he was awarded a New Generation Artist by the New Zealand Arts Foundation.
Artist Headshot by M. Buchanan