When history is a prop for contemporary ideas

ArtsHub speaks with Angela Goh ahead of her new project with Sydney Opera House’s retired Concert Hall ‘doughnuts’.

Sometimes, objects are so imbued with memory and meaning it is hard to discard them.

When the Sydney Opera House refurbished its Concert Hall, its iconic ‘doughnuts’ – as people fondly referred to them – the acoustic reflector rings that hovered above the stage since 1973, were retired.

It was too good an opportunity for Sydney-based dancer, Keir Choreographic Award-winning artist and film director, Angela Goh, who was invited to undertake a residency at the Opera House in 2021 and create a new work with the doughnuts.

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Gina Fairley is ArtsHub's National Visual Arts Editor. For a decade she worked as a freelance writer and curator across Southeast Asia and was previously the Regional Contributing Editor for Hong Kong based magazines Asian Art News and World Sculpture News. Prior to writing she worked as an arts manager in America and Australia for 14 years, including the regional gallery, biennale and commercial sectors. She is based in Mittagong, regional NSW. Twitter: @ginafairley Instagram: fairleygina