mortal engine, 2008

Lee Serle, Mortal Engine, Chunky Move

Lee Serle, Mortal Engine, Chunky Move

Lee Serle, Mortal Engine, Chunky Move

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. [Text courtesy of Chunky Move.]

credits: direction, choreography Gideon Obarzanek, interactive system design Frieder Weiss, laser and sound artist Robin Fox, composer Ben Frost, costume designer Paula Levis, lighting designer Damien Cooper, set design Richard Dinnen, Gideon Obarzanek, multimedia engineer Nick Roux, performers Kristy Ayre, Sara Black, Amber Haines, Antony Hamilton, Marnie Palomares, Lee Serle, James Shannon, Adam Synnott, Charmene Yap, Jorijn Vrisendorp

performances: premiere Sydney Festival, January 2008; Edinburgh International Festival, August 2008; Noorderzan Festival, Groningen, the Netherlands, August 2008; Malthouse Theatre, Melbourne, March 2009; Festival De Mexico, Mexico City, March 2009; Tanzhaus, Dusseldorf Germany, June 2009; International Festival of Arts, Salamanca, Spain, June 2009; Philadelphia Live Arts Festival, September 2009; Next Wave Festival, BAM, New York, December 2009; Malthouse Theatre, Melbourne, March 2010; Sydney Theatre, Sydney, May 2010; New Vision Arts Festival, Hong Kong, October 2010; National Chiang Kai-Shek Cultural Centre, Taipei, Taiwan, November 2010


Harriet Ritchie, Mortal Engine, Chunky Move

Harriet Ritchie, Mortal Engine, Chunky Move

Harriet Ritchie, Mortal Engine, Chunky Move

reviews/articles – realtime

after glow: interview with chunky move’s gideon obarzanek
keith gallasch, realtime 81, october-november, 2007

a feral universe
keith gallasch, realtime 83, february-march, 2008

engineering the arts: interview with frieder weiss
kate warren, realtime 84, april-may, 2008

the return of the super-marionette
jana perkovic, realtime, march 7, 2009

who’s zooming who?
virginia baxter, realtime, march 8, 2009





sensory assault as fear comes to light
deborah jones, the australian, january 21, 2008

charge of light brigade
jill sykes, the sydney morning herald, january, 2008

mortal engine
mary brennan, the herald, august 19, 2008

mortal engine at edinburgh playhouse
donald hutera, the times, august 19, 2008

edinburgh festival: trip the laser light fantastic
geraldine bedell, the guardian, august 24, 2008

nothing in moderation
david dougill, sunday times, august 24, 2008

stunning – but where’s the emotion?
mark brown, the daily telegraph (london), august 25, 2008

review: dance: pendulum swings in favour of the patient
chitra ramaamswarny, scotland on Sunday, august 24, 2008

mortal engine
stephanie glickman, herald sun, march 6, 2009

review dance massive: inert, mortal engine
alison croggon, theatre notes, march 8, 2009

mortal engine
john bailey, the sunday age, march 15, 2009

mortal engine, chunky move
lisa jo sagolla, backstage, december 11, 2009

overheated engine
leigh witchell, new york post, december 11, 2009

mortal engine, chunky move
geoffrey williams, stage whispers, march 2010

review: mortal engine
stephanie glickman, herald sun, march 5, 2010

mortal engine
grace edwards, trespass magazine, march 8, 2010

mortal engine, chunky move
penelope broadbent, australian stage, march 8, 2010

tune-up does this vehicle a real service
jill sykes, the sydney morning herald, may 7, 2010

mortal engine, chunky move
ashley walker, australian stage, may 8, 2010

mortal engine, chunky move
lucy fokkema, the brag, may 17, 2010

mortal engine fires on all cylinders
jenny blain, the abc arts blog, june 3, 2010



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