20th January 2008
(Drama Theatre, Opera House)
In 1995 choreographer/dancer Gideon Obarzanek showcased his new company Chunky Move, stating in the program notes for its first season that 'The company seeks to investigate and develop new movement language in dance and theatre and to create works with and by Australian and overseas performers, choreographers and artists to be performed here and abroad'.
True to word Obarzanek and company have created their latest performance using the latest in movement-responsive video projections, and exploring its possibilities within the realms of dance, premiering their latest offering to sellout shows as part of the Sydney Festivals About an Hour, Movers and Shakers series.
Jungian themes surface as each of the dancers face inner demons using the representation of lightness and dark while the audience is drawn through individual experiences. The story is executed with such perfection that the imperfections of humanity and consequent fragility become almost painfully understood.
While conveying the more macabre aspects of life through multiple investigations into the conflicts between darkness and light, Obarzaneks Mortal Engine delivers a powerful representation of the fragile yet extremely intense world of self exploration.