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2009 Event Media Release - MyMutation

Issued 14 July, 2009

MyMutation - Online Dance Competition

Put your body online for your chance to dance on the Sydney Opera House stage

MyMutation: an international online dance competition

My: of, belonging to, or associated with me
Mutation: the act or process of being altered or changed
MyMutation: an online celebration of the spirit of dance

Sydney Opera House today announced MyMutation an innovative worldwide online dance competition that gives aspiring dancers from across the globe the once in a lifetime opportunity to perform live at the Sydney Opera House.
Part of Spring Dance - an inaugural dance celebration at Sydney Opera House (27 August – 27 September) - MyMutation is open to dancers at all levels from across the globe. The exciting new competition aims to create an explosion of creativity in cyberspace, exploring the way dance moves mutate as they are passed on, body to body.

Acclaimed choreographer Kelley Abbey (So You Think You Can Dance Australia) has created a dance solo performed by one of Australia’s hottest dance talents Reed Luplau. Posted on Sydney Opera House’s new YouTube channel everyone from trained dancers to those who like to dance alone in front of the mirror are encouraged to reinterpret Kelley’s choreography set to music composed by CODA’s Nick Wales.
Kelley and a panel of judges will select 10 finalists to move into the elimination rounds. The public will then decide who will win the ultimate prize of working with Kelley Abbey to bring their unique performance to life at a very special club night on September 26 & 27 – MyMutation Live! in The Studio, Sydney Opera House.

• A dance video choreographed by Kelley Abbey and performed by award-winning Australian dancer, Reed Luplau will be posted on the Sydney Opera House YouTube channel on Tuesday 14 July.
• Participants are then invited to respond by uploading their own short dance videos which must begin with their own unique re-interpretation of the “Starter Solo” then continue with a further 20 seconds of their own original choreography, set to original music composed by Nick Wales from CODA. The deadline for entries is Monday 10 August.
• A panel of judges lead by Kelley Abbey will select ten finalists to compete in another two elimination rounds.
• In addition to the thrill of performing their own work live at Sydney Opera House, the winner will receive $2,000 in cash and a prize pack from SONY including a SONY HD Handycam, SONY Cyber Shot camera and a SONY VAIO Notebook.

MyMutation is the first project of an exciting new agreement between YouTube and Sydney Opera House that will see a new level of engagement with the community through a dedicated online channel

MyMutation Live!

Saturday 26 at 9pm & Sunday 27 September at 8pm
The Studio, Sydney Opera House

For MyMutation Live at Sydney Opera House, The Studio will go into dance party mode with VJ mash-ups of the competition dance videos. Competition music track composer, Nick Wales, will lead his band CODA in a live remix of the track as the winning dancer presents an extended routine in a performance choreographed by Kelley Abbey.

Across the night a number of performances will celebrate the spirit of dance creation and improvisations across cultures.


Since forming in 1994, CODA have created a buzz among music audiences nationally and abroad. This string and keyboard four-piece are stalwarts of both the Australian classical and contemporary music scene. Borrowing much of their sound from traditional folk music, CODA produce music sitting at the edge of electronica. Fusing together strings, grooves and gypsy influences, they have delighted a broad range of audiences - from the Sydney Festival to school children with Musica Viva to the Big Day Out, with their innovative compositions. CODA have also recorded soundtracks for the Bell Shakespeare Company and provided string arrangements for rock outfits, Leonardo’s Bride, Died Pretty and Big Heavy Stuff.


Recently seen on So You Think You Can Dance, Australia's most outstanding dancer, actor, singer and choreographer, has a wealth of experience in both performance and behind the scenes production. From principal performer and choreographer in the Oscar winning box office smash Happy Feet, to performing the lead role in Sweet Charity on stage, starring in Aussie TV soap E-Street, and choreographing pop artists, movie stars and huge casts in musicals, Kelley Abbey has won many awards for her outstanding performances and innate understanding of dance and movement.

For further information contact:

Claire Vince
Senior Publicist
T+61 2 9250 7825   M+61 409 560 742 

Presenting Partner: SONY



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