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

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 a new critical potential of that action. With this work Ola Maciejewska 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 a visual reflection on hybrid nature of things.

Conception and choreography: Ola Maciejewska
Performance: Amaranta Velarde Gonzalez, Keyna Nara, Maciej Sado
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.
Acknowlegments to Thomas Laigle in helping to conceive the original sound and light arrangements.
With thanks to ICK Amsterdam, Judith Schoneveld, Nienke Scholts.

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