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Bombyx Mori 

Silk caterpillar

Loïe Fuller (1862-1928) was a performance artist before the term was even invented: innovative and impossible to categorise. She made her name with solos in which she turned in circles, draping metres of silk fabric around her body. She fits within the art nouveau movement, but was equally at home dancing at the Folies Bergère. By being the first person to make use of electric light and to position movement outside the body, she was an innovative force in both the dance and theatre worlds. She collaborated with figures such as Auguste Rodin and the Lumière brothers.

In this piece for three dancers, Ola Maciejewska draws her inspiration from Fuller’s Serpentine Dance. She explores the relationship in the arts between human beings and physical matter by creating movement in large pieces of fabric. She plays with the confluence of bodies and objects and the battle that these wage. Bombyx Mori alludes to the silk caterpillar, which has become entirely dependent on human beings for survival. Here, the natural body and the artificial process are inextricably linked: a poignant metaphor for this sculptural interpretation of one of the pioneers of modern dance and performance art.


Ola Maciejewska

Development and interpretation
Amaranta Velarde Gonzalez
Maciek Sado
Ola Maciejewska

Sound creation
Alberto Novello

Light creation, technical direction
Rima Ben Brahim

costume realisation
Valentine Solé

Élodie Perrin

thanks to
Thomas Laigle in helping to conceive the original sound and light arrangements

with the support
Hermès Foundation within the framework of the programme New Settings

Ménagerie de verre - Paris (FR)
LE CND centre d'art pour la danse (FR)
Productiehuis Rotterdam (NL)
Veem House for Performance (NL),
CCN de Caen en Normandie (FR)  

With the kind support of
Vivarium Studio
Nanterre-Amandiers - CDN 

With thanks to
ICK Amsterdam
Judith Schoneveld
Nienke Scholts

Something Great (Berlin - DE)