I was doing the second stage of a dramaturgical exercise with my TA students today and one of them, Tim, had conceived an inter-disciplinary, multi-media piece. It brought to mind this amazing piece by Chunky Move a physical theatre company from Melbourne, Australia. They are award-winning practitioners who work with technology in amazing and ground-breaking ways. Much to my own annoyance, I missed Mortal Engine when it was in Hong Kong two years ago – mind you, I was climbing Kilimanjaro with a group of students at the time!
Mortal Engine is a dance-video-music-laser piece that utilises sophisticated interactive computer systems which, combined with the performers’ movements, trigger video projections, lights, sounds and laser images to portray an ever-shifting, shimmering world. It is performed on a tilted platform and the dancers appear to defy gravity.
My other favourite piece is Connected :
If you want to know more, you can watch this two-part documentary