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 Cowell’s international hit reality TV show ‘Australia’s 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 7’s 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 Australia’s most popular Children’s 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 Asia’s 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 London’s West End. They were the closing act in 2008 ‘Variety Live’ in Las Vegas sharing standing ovations with the world’s 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 Australia’s brimming event’s 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!
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.
Gavin and Lydia are Latin American & Ballroom Dance Sport professionals. Trained in the United Kingdom and based in Brisbane, they have represented Australia together on the competitive Dance Sport circuit since 1996.
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)
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