Live Performance of Creative Work

The Demon Machine

CM Brown, J Kinder, LM Mayer, G Bodenwieser, J Grayling

National Gallery of Victoria | Published : 2017


The Demon Machine (1924) is an iconic work of modern dance created by the Viennese choreographer Gertrud Bodenwieser. Expressing the anxieties of the machine age during the Weimar era, it explores the potential for machines to dehumanise and colonise bodies. This modern dance work toured Australia for nearly two decades beginning in 1939. For the National Gallery Victoria's event 'Dancing Sculpture' as part of the Brave New World exhibition celebrating artists of the 1930s, I recreated the choreography with five Victoria College Australia dancers. The performance recreation is based on reconstructions by Shona Dunlop-MacTavish for Dunedin Dance Theatre (1980); and Bettina Vernon and Eve..

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