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Ola Maciejewska: Bombyx Mori

Opening Date: Nov 02, 2023

Closing Date: Nov 03, 2023

Running Time: 01:00

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Playing @

French Institute Alliance Francaise

Florence Gould Hall 22 E. 60th St New York, NY 10022

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In this work for three dancers, Ola Maciejewska draws inspiration from Loïe Fuller’s signature invention, the Serpentine Dance (1892). She brings the iconic legend face to face with her paradoxes and intangible character. The title, Bombyx Mori, refers to the silkworm, which has become entirely dependent on humans for its survival. Dance, archives and artifice are interwoven in this performance, engendering a metaphor for the hybrid nature of things.

A trailblazing dancer who defied characterization, Loïe Fuller was a performing artist before the term even came into being. A controversial figure in Western dance, she merged dance with special effects to capture the movement of fire, water and other natural elements, hiding her body under vast sweeps of silk. As the first person to use electric lights on stage and to explore movement outside the human body, she was a force for innovation in the world of theatre and dance. She collaborated with such pre-eminent figures as Auguste Rodin, the Lumière brothers, Henri Sauvage and Marie Skłodowska-Curie.

Bombyx Mori is presented by FIAF and is part of the Dance Reflections by Van Cleef & Arpels Festival in New York.
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