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Solo work by Tony Yap – WINNER: Green Room Award for BEST MALE DANCER

       Directed By: Rainsford

Music created by: Stephen Weir, Richard Belkner, Michal Woods, Evan Jenkins

Set design: Rainsford

Set construction: Max Beattie

Trapped inside a personal chamber in peculiar isolation an angel waits, the angel is in decay, and it is fascinatingly beautiful.

Directors Note:

In my heart I know that to attempt to unveil elements of a work such as this is like describing an apple, every effort is a distortion of the truth. I have experienced a rich collaboration with Tony Yap, a man who has been prepared to trust and place his faith in the exploration of his intimate world, and to whom my own most vulnerable world has been well placed.

We began with the writings of Mishima – (the title - Decay of the Angel – is taken from Mishima’s book completed the day he committed sepuki, or ritualistic suicide) and whilst we soon departed from his source, there are many flashes of his influence.

Structurally there are three areas of ritualised intimacy within our performance space:  the area of family; of joys and pains.  The challenges of flesh and the desire for life; when the breath hovers between desperation and desire, close to a point of departure but knowing there is a choice of returning, here the flesh can tingle in no other way. And finally the fragmentation of the dance itself, where Tony’s profound sense of gravity bridles the work in such a haunting way.

Ultimately this work is an opportunity to simply watch a man express his most personal and intimate angel, that in every moment moves him closer to his own departure:-  Rainsford


..they clutched at nothing material, and there business seemed to be with the void. They seemed to stroke the invisible, but without humility or pretension. If there are hands to be used only for addressing the infinite and the universe, they are a masturbater’s hands
~ Decay of the Angel- Mishima


This is a piece born of remarkable skill and passion' ~ Andrew Clark, The Age