modern chimeras

The chimera is a mirage, a figment of imagination, something fleeting, in the process of permanent transformation.  It cannot be grasped or categorized. In Modern Chimeras, fabrics without a fixed form constitute the substance for maneuvers of stretching, mutation and masking that lead to optically deceptive body concatenations, as well as unforeseen image and color compositions.

The artificial skin of the costumes, their structure and materiality form the basis of the performance. The “limits of the plasticity of the individual” theorized by H. G. Wells as early as 1895 – his ideas also led to “The Island of Dr. Moreau” – are the basis of the Modern Chimeras. On his mysterious island, Dr. Moreau tells a visitor the secret of his macabre experiments: “These creatures you have seen are animals carven and wrought into new shapes. To that, to the study of the plasticity of living forms, my life has been devoted.” The mad doctor’s guest in H. G. Wells’ novel from 1896 learns that the animals are being transformed into human-like chimeras. The motif of hybrid creatures runs through the mythologies of many ancient cultures, and the human-made chimera became a topic of interest in modernism. For Liquid Loft, it is the material from which they have developed their new piece: All deformations, all coverings and unveilings director David Cronenberg talks about incessantly are aimed at the “new flesh”, and at the particular “tension” of bodies, mind, and fabrics.


ImPulsTanz Vienna International Dance Festival, AT

29/07/2022 (premiere)

ImPulsTanz Vienna International Dance Festival, AT


Dance, Choreography: Luke Baio, Stephanie Cumming, Dong Uk Kim, Katharina Meves, Dante Murillo, Anna Maria Nowak, Hannah Timbrell
Artistic Direction, Choreography: Chris Haring
Composition and Sound Concept: Andreas Berger
Light Design, Scenography: Thomas Jelinek
Costumes: Stefan Röhrle
Stage Management: Roman Harrer
Theory: Stefan Grissemann
Distribution: APROPIC – Line Rousseau, Marion Gauvent, Lara van Lookeren
Production: Marlies Pucher

A production by Liquid Loft in co-operation with ImPulsTanz Vienna International Dance Festival
Liquid Loft is supported by Kulturabteilung der Stadt Wien (MA7) and Bundesministerium für Kunst, Kultur, öffentlichen Dienst und Sport (BMKÖS)