photo: Martin Argyroglo

photo: Martin Argyroglo

photo: Martin Argyroglo

photo: Martin Argyroglo

photo: Martin Argyroglo


Dance performance
1 hour


PREMIERE: 20, 21 November 2015 / Ménagerie de verre / FR, Festival Les Inaccoutumés

Loïe Fuller was a performance artist before the term was even invented: innovative and impossible to categorize. A controversial figure in the Western dance tradition that merged dance with special effects to evoke the movement of fire, water, and other natural phenomena by hiding herself under a large amount of silk. By being the first person to make use of electric light on stage, and work on movement outside of the human body she was an innovative force in both the dance and theatre worlds. She collaborated with figures such as Auguste Rodin, Lumière brothers, Henri Sauvage, and Marie Skłodowska-Curie.

In this piece for three dancers, Ola Maciejewska draws on Fuller’s famous invention of Serpentine Dance. She confronts the myth of the icon, its paradoxes, and the untraceable. Bombyx Mori alludes to the silk caterpillar, which has become entirely dependent on human beings for survival. In this piece, the body, dance, archive, and artificial are weaved together to produce a strong metaphor for the hybrid nature of things.

Conception and choreography: Ola Maciejewska
Performance: Amaranta Velarde Gonzalez, Maciej Sado, Ola Maciejewska
Live sound processing: Carola Caggiano together with the dancers
Light and technical direction: Rima Ben Brahim
Costume: Valentine Solé
Production and administration: Caroline Redy

With support from the Hermès Foundation within the framework of the programme New Settings.


Co-production: Ménagerie de verre – Paris (FR), LE CN D un centre d’art pour la danse (FR), Productiehuis Rotterdam (NL), Veem House for Performance (NL), Centre chorégraphique national de Caen en Normandie in the frame of « Artiste associé » program.

With the kind support of Vivarium Studio, Nanterre-Amandiers – Centre Dramatique National.
Acknowledgments to Thomas Laigle for helping to conceive the original sound and light arrangements.
With thanks to ICK Amsterdam, Judith Schoneveld, Nienke Scholts.

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