On his mysterious island, Dr. Moreau tells a visitor the secret of his macabre experiments: “These creatures you have seen are animals carven and wrought into new shapes. To that, to the study of the plasticity of living forms, my life has been devoted.” The mad doctor’s guest in H. G. Wells’ novel from 1896 learns that the animals are being transformed into human-like chimeras. The motif of hybrid creatures runs through the mythologies of many ancient cultures, and the human-made chimera became a topic of interest in modernism. For Liquid Loft, it’s the material from which they have developed their new piece with mastermind Chris Haring. The dancers’ bodies combine to form strange combinations in optically deceptive fabrics and costumes that confound the gaze and inspire the imagination. Modern Chimeras is also utopian in that it declares equality between creatures, the avoidance of hierarchies and an end to those crutches that are called coherence and order.
Dance, Choreography: Luke Baio, Stephanie Cumming, Dong Uk Kim, Katharina Meves, Dante Murillo, Anna Maria Nowak, Hannah Timbrell
Artistic direction, choreography: Chris Haring
Sound concept, composition: Andreas Berger
Lighting design, scenography: Thomas Jelinek
Costumes: Stefan Röhrle
Stage Management: Roman Harrer
Theory: Stefan Grissemann
Distribution: APROPIC - Line Rousseau, Marion Gauvent, Lara van Lookeren
Production: Marlies Pucher
A production of Liquid Loft in cooperation with ImPulsTanz – Vienna International Dance Festival.
Liquid Loft is supported by the Department of Culture of the City of Vienna (MA7) and the Federal Ministry of Arts, Culture, Public Service and Sport (BMKÖS).