The world's slickest dance and magical costume transformation artists.
Breathtaking is the word of renowned International Dance Quick Change Artistes Gavin Skinner & Lydia Lim. A partnership since 1996, this celebrated Australian duo, also known as Soul Mystique is the only act in the world performing the two art forms of Professional Dance-Sport with Magical Costume Transformations.
Their stunning performances have captivated and flabbergasted audiences all over the globe, in over 60 countries, from television, live theatre, to high profile corporate events.
Soul Mystique made their TV debut in 2006 at the live & nationally televised NRA Australian Fashion Design Awards, performing live to over 3 million viewers. In 2007, they were loved and applauded by Australian audiences on Simon Cowells international hit reality TV show Australias Got Talent, winning episode 5, and being the most talked about Grand Finalists in the season. They were then named as the Jewel and Crown of Australian Dancesport dazzling audiences on Channel 7s broadcast of the 2007 Australian DanceSport Championships, followed by the 2008 IDSF World Latin Championships. The popularity of Soul Mystique continued when they were head hunted by the international brand Heinz to appear in their 2008 Transformation TV commercial. In 2009, Soul Mystique agreed to make a guest appearance on The Shak one of Australias most popular Childrens television shows releasing behind the scenes footage in their show production, which has never been seen before.
Their attention to detail from costuming, prop design, to choreography, has been noticed by other artists worldwide, and they have been approached to co-produce the visual entertainment for artists such as Asias A-List celebrity Andy Lau, Cirque Du Soleil, and Producers of Fashion Week New York, London, & Paris.
In world variety theatre, Soul Mystique has graced the stages of the most prestigious venues from Las Vegas to Londons West End. They were the closing act in 2008 Variety Live in Las Vegas sharing standing ovations with the worlds best in variety theatre. This performance led to an honourable invitation by Siegfried and Roy Tribute show producers to be featured in yet another world variety extravaganza at the London Palladium in September 2008.
In 2010, Soul Mystique was placed in the World's Top 10 Best Magic Acts by Foxtel Bio Channel. Just recently, Soul Mystique has been announced a finalist for Australian Entertainer of the Year by the 2011 Australian Event Awards.
They have been recognized for being the best example of live entertainment in Australias brimming events industry, and named amongst the most innovative and outstanding acts for this awards to be announced next month. Quoted as Absolutely Fabulous! Soul Mystique never fails to mystify, amaze, and entertain their audiences wherever they go!
About The Acts
The art of quick change costume transformation is a very specialised branch of magic that dates back as far as the 15th century.
Also known as proteanism, or meta-morphing – it is the art of changing costumes at lighting speed in front of an audience within seconds – leaving no trace of how, when, and where each set of clothes disappear each time. Due to it’s rareness, complexity and lengthy time in preparation for a quick change show, it is one of the most exclusive and impressive illusion there is in theatre.
Today, traditional quick change is sporadically performed throughout the world. There are only a handful of artists who have dedicated themselves fully to this art, and very few who are internationally acclaimed performers. Those lucky enough to witness this magical illusion, will no doubt agree that it is a mesmerizing, fascinating, and mind-boggling spectacle.
In the history of international show business, Soul Mystique was the first couple ever to successfully merge the two art forms of Quick Change with Professional Dance Sport.
Australian Entertainer of The Year Finalist - Australian Event Awards, 2011
Chosen as Asia's High Society Entertainment - Asian Tatler/Shanghai Tatler Magazine, 2011
Listed in 'The World's Top 10 Greatest Magic Acts', Foxtel Bio Channel, 2010
Paris International Open Latin Championships (Paris, France, 2000)
Belgium Open Latin Championships (Antwerpen, Belgium, 1999)
Greater London Open Latin Championships (London, UK, 1998)
Singapore International Open Latin Championships (Singapore, 1998)
Lion City International Open Latin Championships (Singapore, 1997)
Australasian Open Latin Championships (QLD, Australia, 1997)
QLD Dancesport Classic Open Latin Championships (QLD, Australia, 1996 to 1998)