Mortal Engine 


produced by well known australian dance company Chunky Move. Director: Gideon, Interactive System Designer: Frieder Weiss, Laser performance: Robin Fox, Composer: Ben Frost.

Mortal Engine is a dance-video-music-laser performance using movement and sound responsive projections to portray an ever-shifting, shimmering world in which the limits of the human body are an illusion. Crackling light and staining shadows represent the most perfect or sinister of souls. Kinetic energy fluidly metamorphoses from the human figure into light image, into sound and back again. Choreography is focused on movement of unformed beings in an unfamiliar landscape searching to connect and evolve in a constant state of becoming. Veering between moments of exquisite cosmological perfection and grotesque evolutionary accidents of existence, we are driven forward by the reality of permanent change.


Source: Chunky Move



The choreographer Gideon Obarzanek and his technical team have created a seductive, intriguing piece of entertainment in Mortal Engine. The title reflects the dancers’ role in igniting the technology to project a sound and light show; the way they move, which can vary in each performance, triggers what the audience sees and hears.
The laser designs are bold and beautiful – especially the concluding sequence that brings viewers into the vortex of its tunnel of underwater green that changes shape from swirling clouds to walls of light that a dancer can put a hand through.
Robin Fox is the laser and sound artist, and Frieder Weiss designed the interactive system.

There are no pre-recorded video, light or laser images, and sounds are generated from movement data, or, in some cases, phrases already composed by Ben Frost. These phrases are triggered by the dance action or by an operator responding to where the dancers are positioned.
The lasers cover the broad Drama Theatre stage with swirls and squares that grow, shrink and tumble with hypnotic rapidity or stretch out like three-dimensional architectural projections. There are also more intimate lighting effects that surround the shape of one or a group of performers – these are the ones that remind us that, although the process is so fascinating and the visuals so engaging, Mortal Engine does have meaningful themes.

The dancers perform on a steeply ranked white square that can be divided and lifted to act as a wall. Mostly their action is floor-based, which allows them to be picked out in white light or shadowed in black. This sets up contrasts that can become conflicts, giving tension to solos in which strong body language suggests inner turmoil and duets that illustrate the give and take of relationships or, in one case, the darker self in the form of a hooded figure.


Source: The Sydney Morning Herald



Mortal Engine, choreography, laser, dance, Live Visuals, Interactive


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