Bombyx Mori

Bombyx Mori

PerformanceOla Maciejewska
Development, danceAmaranta Velarde Gonzalez, Keyna Nara, Ola Maciejewska
Light, sound designThomas Laigle, Ola Maciejewska
Sound performanceAlberto Novello, Elisa Battistutta
Technical direction, lightsRima Ben Brahim
Costume realisation Valentine Solé
ProductionElodie Perrin
With support fromHermès Foundation within the framework of the programme New Settings
Co-productionMénagerie de verre - Paris (FR), LE CN D un centre d'art pour la danse (FR),Productiehuis Rotterdam (NL), Veem House for Performance (NL), with the support of the cultural programme of the European Union
With the kind supportVivarium Studio, Nanterre-Amandiers - Centre Dramatique National
With thanksICK Amsterdam

In BOMBYX MORI Ola Maciejewska playfully transforms Loie Fuller: Research form 2011 into a choreographic work performed by 3 dancers.

As the ‘Dancing Dress’ of Loie Fuller (1862-1928) unfolds, BOMBYX MORI pronounces new critical potential of that action. With this work Ola Maciejewska, Malika Djardi and Roberto Martínez won’t replicate the hypnotic serpentine like swirls, what is at stake is the relation between the body and the artifact. While dance history, as we know it, predominantly positions the body as the main source of movement, the American pioneer was one of the first ones to speak of movement outside of the body, a movement as a result of the interactions between body and things (lights, materials, sound). In BOMBYX MORI, as the dramaturgical development of intensity in time reveals: forms, instant freezes, shape shifts, and outbursts of energized matter, it is beyond doubt that the work resists a way of reading these as simple reference, in this project ‘shapes reading’ is intentionally being sabotaged. The onlooker is guided to overcome the binary divisions standing over against one another, like: body/object, physical/non-physical, human/non-human, rational beings and irresponsible creatures... Like the silk worm: bombyx mori, who literally works on the verge of binaries, who’s existence is to be between, appears here to produce visual reflection on hybrid nature of things. 

Ola Maciejewska is associated artist at Centre chorégraphique national de Caen en Normandie.