Mortal Engine



Production: Chunky Move
Choreography: Gideon Obarzanek
Interactive System, Visuals: Frieder Weiss
Laser: Robin Fox
Music: Ben Frost
Dancers: Kristy Ayre, Sara Black, Amber Haines, Antony Hamilton, Marnie Palomares, Lee Serle, James Shannon, Adam Synnott, Charmene Yap
Costume Designer: Paula Levis


Watch Mortal Engine Video on Youtube
Video excerpts and Interviews on Dance-Tech Net with Frieder Weiss and Gideon Orbazanek
Some praising and commenting
Chunky Move website


2008 Helpmann Award, Best Visual or Physical Theatre Production
2009 Ars Electronica, Honorary Mention, Hybrid Arts


"Mortal Engine" is a full length dance piece, featuring six dancers on a steep stage, mostly kept in darkness by a computer interactive projection system. In this production by German software artist Frieder Weiss and Australian choreographer Gideon Obarzanek, projections react to the dancer's moving body, graphically illuminating and extending it.

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Performance History:

Mortal Engine premiered at the Sydney Festival in January 2008
other performances (incomplete list)
Edingburgh International Festival, August 2008
Mexico City Festival, March 2009
Tanzhaus NRW, July 2009
BAM, New York, December 2009
Malthouse, Melbourne March 2010