The Ephemeral Life of an Octopus questions the strangeness of having a body: vigorous, punctured, probed and animalistic. The piece is inspired by studies of the evolution of cancer cells and the lived experience of illness. At once scientific, philosophical and visceral, Léa Tirabasso’s work looks at the dysfunction, chaos and vibrant life force of the body from within and without.
‘There is the ancient, religious idea that man is the unhappy combination of beast and god: if only we were divine, we would be liberated, immortal spirit; if only we were beast, we could be content in our instinctive ignorance’.
Thomas Stern, 'The Human and the Octopus'
Choreographer and Director: Léa Tirabasso
With the collaboration of the Dancers: Catarina Barbosa, Alistair Goldsmith, Joachim Maudet, Rosie Terry Toogood
Composer: Martin Durov
Lighting Designer: Nicolas Tremblay
Project Manager: Mathis Junet
Associate Producer: Hattie Gregory
Scientific advisors: Adeola Olaitan, François Eisinger
Philosophy advisors: Thomas Stern
Animal Transformation Coach: Gabrielle Moleta
Video: Bohumil Kostohryz
Co-production: Kinneksbond Mamer, TROIS C-L Centre de Création Chorégraphique Luxembourgeois (LU), KLAP Maison pour la Danse Marseille (FR)
Commissioned by: The Place London, DanceXchange Birmingham, NSCD Leeds (UK)
Supported by: Dance City Newcastle, South East Dance, GFTA Arts Council England (UK), Fondation Indépendance, Ministère de la Culture (LU)
Thanks to the Wellcome Collection
Thanks to Eve Appeal, Cancer Research UK