"Captivating expose of sin's secrets . . . Krishna-Pillay had the crowd in the palm of his hand from the moment he appeared on stage" Otago Daily Times
"Chris . . . does an amazing job of interweaving science, stand up and audience participation" Adelaide Artbeat
In Dante's Laboratory Chris KP (and live band, the 'Virtuous Pagans') follow Dante’s path through the nine circles of Hell (Inferno from Dante Alighieri’s Divine Comedy), with a scientific perspective with an entertaining twist. Chris KP’s latest science cabaret, explores human behaviour, morality and the essence of sin with reference to evolutionary biology, genetics, neurology and psychology. Dante’s Laboratory asks the big questions of humanity and, like Pre-Coital and Somnium, it does it with song.
Dante's Laboratory show features live music, comedy, sketches and audience interaction. The show is funny and challenging. It encourages the audience to take a fresh and objective view of why we do what we do, and why we make the judgments we make about other people’s behaviour, as well as our own.
Obesity is on the rise, terrorism and violence feature in the headlines every day and we have moved to a much more sedentary lifestyle. Dante’s Laboratory examines if the seven deadly sins are still relevant today. Are we gluttonous, slothful and greedy? Are we vengeful and lustful and what can science tell us?
Like Chris’ other cabaret shows, Dante's Laboratory is an energetic and engaging piece of theatre inspired by science and featuring great original music. It premierred at the New Zealand International Science Festival in July 2010 and attracted an enthusiastic review in the Otago Daily Times ("Captivating Expose of Sin's Secrets"). Bring your morals with you and be prepared to laugh, to think and to tap your toes.
Soundtrack available from Bandcamp.