A group of researchers is eager to carry out what seems to be a groundbreaking experiment. They are determined to find the holy grail of science: immortality. But at a certain point in the progress, the attempt to crack the code of life is taking over there own lives. They start to see monsters in objects, in the other, in themselves…
In Golem, Thomas Ryckewaert thematises Maimonides and homunculus, two characters from a 14th century Jewish legend. In this legend, the scholar Maimonides is in search of the secret of all creation in order to defeat death. Golem is a moving performance dealing with juxtapositions such as creation and destruction, reason and fear. A stilled, filmic imagery commingles contemporary scientists with ancient human ambition. The longing to create an eternal life is associated with a fear of something that overrules us. It is a theme that inspires people since the beginning of mankind: from the mythic Golem about Frankenstein to artificial intelligence.