The beautiful Leviathan
By Michaela Preiner
In contrast, James Wilton, who also functions as the male protagonist, uses a completely different vocabulary in his performance. Wilton gives the portrayal of a monomaniacal berserker who dominates all other creatures by sheer physical force and willpower. Thereby he draws on the famous image of human evolution from primate to man that is epitomised by the upright walk. This tableau with the title “The march of progress” was made by American painter with Austrian-Polish roots Rudolf Zallinger.
The impressive soundtrack is delivered by Lunatic Soul and is a mixture of singer-songwriter tracks, powerful indie rock and a decent pinch of world music which engulfs the events like a second skin. The floating movements of the legendary leviathan fit to the pristine white trouser suit in which Sarah Jane Taylor dances. The transformation of Ahab’s sailors into similarly beautiful, enigmatic leviathans creates a mesmerising and irresistible flood of images. The demise of the man who believed to be invincible is rendered in an image that mirrors the beginning of the performance. However, this time it is not the peaceful leviathan lying on the ground and producing a massive fountain of water but a defeated Ahab.
Leviathan will be performed a second time on 18 July 2018. For more information: https://www.buehnenwerkstatt.at/class/leviathan-based-on-moby-dick/?wcs_timestamp=1531774800
Translation: Elisabeth Knittelfelder