Instant freezes, shapeshifts, and outbursts showcase a dance that interweaves with archives and artifice
Drawing from the innovative early 20th-century work of modern dance pioneer Loïe Fuller, BOMBYX MORI explores movement as a result of the interactions between the body and other things (lights, materials, sound), as opposed to movement from within the body. The building intensity reveals shapes, transitions, and cuts that defy expectations while resisting the natural way of reading movement.
The work alludes to the silk caterpillar, which has become entirely dependent on human beings for survival. Like the silkworm, the piece works on the verge of binaries, in turn producing a visual reflection of the hybrid nature of things. It seeks to overcome the binary divisions standing in opposition to one another, like: body/object, physical/non-physical, human/nonhuman, and rational beings/irresponsible creatures.
Presented by Dance Reflections by Van Cleef & Arpels.
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