22 - 26 January 2008 Dundee Rep Theatre
Welcome to manipulate, a new annual celebration of exciting and powerful international visual performance. Presented by Puppet Animation Scotland with Projector Animation Festival, this is object theatre and animation of the highest award-winning quality for consenting adults! In association with
For manipulate, Puppet Animation Scotland and Projector Animation Festival have worked together to explore and celebrate the close relationships in theory and practise between the art forms of puppet theatre and animation. Companies from Belgium, Denmark, England, France, the Netherlands and Scotland present a varied programme of performances, master classes and exhibitions designed to entertain, challenge and inspire. Leave your preconceptions at the door and enter a colourful, complex and thought-provoking world of the best of innovative international theatre. Simon Hart Artistic Director Emma Whitters Administrator
DUNDEE REP THEATRE, TAY SQUARE, DUNDEE TICKETS: 01382 223530 www.dundeerep.co.uk £10.00
Communaute Francaise De Belgique L’Institut Francais d’Ecosse Istituto Italiano Di Cultura
Concessions (senior citizens, registered disabled, registered unemployed)
Young Person’s Ticket (students & people under 26)
Unemployed Standby (bookable three hours before the performance)
One ticket free for every ten booked
Bookings 01382 223530, Mon-Sat 10.00am to 7.45pm (6.00pm on non-performance days) The Hugh Fraser Foundation The JTH Charitable Trust The Matthew Trust The Tay Charitable Trust
Light! Compagnie Mossoux-Bonte (Belgium) Dundee Rep Theatre Auditorium A show to counter, once and for all, the fear of the dark... and to reconcile us with the darkness that created us. When your shadow follows you relentlessly or seems to want to get ahead of you; When it no longer resembles you or seeks to surprise you on street corners; When it starts dancing instead of you... When all the shadows of the world merge together in order to form only shadow, so black and dense that we no longer see it... then there will be Light! Light! deflects visual certainties and calls into
Wednesday 23 January 8.00pm question the materiality of the body in the face of light and shadows, in the same way that our fantasies and our fears sometimes take on a greater sense of reality in our imaginations than in life itself. Light! is a powerful piece of contemporary shadow theatre in which the human body creates intriguing and unsettling images - the physical becomes abstract. Compagnie Mossoux-Bonte has been presenting its work to great acclaim all over the world for the past twenty years.
“powerful, graphic images evoking the most powerful and striking elements of German expressionist film” The Gazette (Canada)
“a mesmerising visual experience... of Mossoux’s skillful imagination and director Patrick Bonte’s masterful touch” The Bulletin (Belgium)
The Seed Carriers “brilliant... definitely not to be missed” The Guardian (UK)
“his artistry is formidable, like his imagination. I have never before seen the eeriness of marionettes combined so insistently with dread” The Times (UK)
Stephen Mottram (England) Dundee Rep Theatre Auditorium
Thursday 24 January 8.00pm Imagine a race of small creatures that look remarkably like humans, but are really more like insects or plants. They are The Seed Carriers. Valuable and vulnerable, they are farmed for the seeds carried within them. They must develop their cunning to survive the ruthless social system in which they live. So with the aid of fabulous machines, they disguise themselves as birds, fish and insects. In conspiracy with Glyn Perrin’s music, these puppets draw their audience into a beautiful, colourful world which becomes horrific and then haunting as our understanding of it starts to dawn. The Seed Carriers has become a classic work of world theatre animation, gaining many international awards during tours in 18 countries over the past decade.
Appel d’Air Theatre Velo (France) Dundee Rep Theatre Auditorium
Friday 25 January 8.00pm
“a depth of symbolism and meaning that leaves many scripted plays bereft... the staging and production of this piece is magical and joyous” La Tribune De Geneve (Switzerland)
“technically this production is masterful ...while there is wit, whimsy and wonder, the predominant mood that Velo creates is one of pity for the lost souls of the world - and gratitude that our Festival brings us such expert and esoteric theatrical experiences” The Advertiser Adelaide (Australia) Between heaven and earth, between life and death, alone in the big city, a man is lost for a night in the madness of his unbroken solitude. Suddenly his room becomes the cabin of a boat, his bed an ice field filled with penguins, and the everyday objects around him are transformed as his imagination carries him further and further away from mundane reality.
Does the man live in dream, or are his fears all too real? He is afraid of the outside world but very soon his child-like games will present him with a choice - whether he falls or flies the call of the air and of the sea could set him free... Since 1986 Theatre Velo has delighted audiences across the globe with this show and its other award winning productions for children.
Angel “together they weave a spell on the audience - we can’t be sure whether the angel is benign or malign. Beautiful scenography, dance, physical theatre and puppet theatre combine to make this a compelling show not to be missed” De Volkskrant (Netherlands)
“the manner in which the actor persuades the audience that the puppet is alive is unbelievable. With this production Paiva has already gone round the world collecting so many awards it takes three pages in this biography to list them. A truly great show” La Casa (Spain)
Duda Paiva (Netherlands) Dundee Rep Theatre Auditorium
Saturday 26 January 8.00pm In the beginning was the word A cry out of the darkness… Angel depicts the classic fall from grace of a tramp who meets an angel in a graveyard and sets up home with him. Through the angel we enter an ambivalent world of dreams, curses and revelation. Is the angel a companion, a messenger, a judge or is this all just the hallucinations of a tramp who has had one too many… Angel blends dance, puppet theatre of great quality and skill in a story of unholy love that has been rapturously received by audiences all over the world since its premiere two years ago.
In support of Shelter If you enjoyed Angel, please give generously on your way out. For more details about Shelter’s work please visit www.shelter.org.uk
Light & Darkness: A Shadow Theatre Masterclass Fabrizio Montecchi (Italy) Dundee Rep Theatre Studio
Tuesday 22 - Thursday 24 January 9.00am - 5.30pm Tickets ÂŁ100 Book both masterclasses: ÂŁ150 Masterclass participants will also receive free tickets for all manipulate performances
Maximum number of participants: 20
Booking contact Puppet Animation Scotland to reserve a place and receive a booking form email@example.com 01224 575743 Dundee Rep Theatre will not take bookings for these events
An intensive three day masterclass led by Fabrizio Montecchi (Artistic Director, Teatro Gioco Vita) for established professional puppeteers and would-be practitioners committed to developing their skills and expertise. This workshop will explore every aspect of the creation of shadow theatre. Key concepts covered will include the theory and practice of the use of light, shadows and colour and the manipulation of images and silhouettes in rehearsal and performance. There will be frequent opportunities for experimentation for participants throughout this practical masterclass.
Fabrizio Montecchi is a leading director and set designer in contemporary shadow theatre whose innovative work over the past 30 years with Teatro Gioca Vita has been seen and enjoyed by audiences all over the world.
Puppet Animation Scotland has a number of accommodation bursaries for masterclass participants, information about which will be included on the booking form.
Fabrizio has also led many masterclasses and workshops at puppet theatre festivals and schools throughout Europe, North and South America, as well as publishing numerous books and articles about shadow theatre.
The Logic of Movement: A Masterclass Stephen Mottram (England) Dundee Rep Theatre Studio
Friday 25 - Saturday 26 January 9.00am - 5.30pm This practical masterclass will explore in depth why people and things move in the way they do, and how understanding this helps the puppeteer and other stage practitioners to express ideas more successfully through visual means to an audience. During these two days participants will develop conscious approaches to creating vivid and credible movement with puppets and identify key issues about communication through movement.
Tickets ÂŁ100 Book both masterclasses: ÂŁ150 Masterclass participants will also receive free tickets for all manipulate performances
Maximum number of participants: 20
Booking contact Puppet Animation Scotland to reserve a place and receive a booking form firstname.lastname@example.org 01224 575743 Dundee Rep Theatre will not take bookings for these events Puppet Animation Scotland has a number of accommodation bursaries for masterclass participants, information about which will be included on the booking form.
An intensive two day masterclass led by Stephen Mottram (Artistic Director, Animata) for established professional puppeteers and would-be practitioners committed to developing their skills and expertise.
Stephen Mottram is an artist, craftsman and puppeteer. Since 1988 he has developed a unique theatrical language that creates a vivid symbiosis between electroacoustic music and the power of movements as image. His productions - The Seed Carriers, In Suspension and Organillo are the results of detailed collaboration with the composers with whom Stephen works, and have been acclaimed by audiences all over the world. Stephen has also worked on a number of films, including The Little Shop of Horrors, Tales from the Decameron and Strings.
Exhibition This exhibition will show a wide range of original designs for puppets and settings selected from those created for the productions of Cannon Hill Puppet Theatre by John M Blundall, recognised as one of the world’s leading exponents of the art. During the 25 years of the existence of Cannon Hill Puppet Theatre at the Midlands Arts Centre in Birmingham, the organisation was recognised as one of the most innovative of its kind, and one of the leading children’s theatre companies in the UK. It also established a strong international reputation for its unique work around the world.
Puppet Theatre: The Designers’ Theatre Cannon Hill Puppet Theatre was created by John M Blundall in 1968. He was the director and artistic leader of the theatre. Between 1969 and 1993, nearly eighty productions were created and presented, most of them designed, directed and written by him. His other work includes: creator of La Boite a Jojoux – Debussy, with Simon Rattle and the London Sinfonietta – South Bank Summer Festival, London, and Pacific Overtures – Stephen Sondheim, English National Opera. John’s numerous television and film credits include: Fireball XL5, Stingray and Thunderbirds.
Exhibition venue and dates Monday 14 January to Saturday 3 February Dundee Rep Theatre Foyer and Dundee Contemporary Arts 152 Nethergate Dundee www.dca.org.uk
John is now the Artistic Director of ‘The World Through Wooden Eyes’, at The Mitchell Library, Glasgow, home to the John M Blundall Collection, the finest inspirational assembly of multicultural material from all over the world for the development of creative puppet theatre in the UK.
Strings Director Anders Ronnow Klarlund (Denmark) 2003
Words Lost Words Found
Voices: James McAvoy, Catherine McCormack, Sir Derek Jacobi, Samantha Bond, Alex Jennings
Strings is a fantasy film set in a magnificent and profoundly unique universe. Strings is a mythological tale about the son of a king, Hal Tara, who sets out on a journey to avenge the death of his father. To his surprise he discovers the truth of his own people and where he least expects it - he finds true love. After the showing there will be a 45 minute Q&A session with the producer Niels Blad and the puppeteer Stephen Mottram, one of the marionettists on the film.
“if you thought Team America was a one-off for puppet cinema, you were wrong: the marionettes are on the march again in Strings... making the actual strings an integral part of the drama is a masterstroke in this powerful epic drama”
Young people taking part in the programmes offered by 16-24 Literacy Project based in Dundee will work together, guided by the expertise of a dedicated team of arts workers and practitioners. They will create an animated film, with an integrated soundscape and live performance of poetry and text, highlighting the challenges they face in the city dealing with the problems and challenges created by dyslexia and related issues of prejudice and lack of self-confidence and belief.
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This piece of film and performance will examine vividly the participants’ life experiences using the medium of their own spoken and recorded words. Through their work and commitment, their own stories will be transmuted into powerful abstract and literal images and sounds dramatising their own struggle to gain self-respect and the acceptance of others.
Venue and dates
Venue and dates
Saturday 26 January, 5.30pm Dundee Contemporary Arts, 152 Nethergate, Dundee. For tickets/further information: 01382 909900. www.dca.org.uk
Thursday 31 January, 7.00pm Dundee Contemporary Arts, 152 Nethergate, Dundee. For tickets/further information: 01382 909900. www.dca.org.uk
These events programmed jointly:
The Hugh Fraser Foundation The JTH Charitable Trust The Matthew Trust The Tay Charitable Trust
Hot Animation Festival 29 January - 2 February 2008
Projector lights fireworks for a four day extravaganza of lush, complicated, gorgeous and eclectic elements from the world of animation and the moving image. We present a feast of screenings,workshops, masterclasses and installations to stimulate, inspire, challenge and illuminate. The entire tasty menu is laid out on the Festival site and includes a puppet animation film programme specially selected to celebrate our collaboration with manipulate. Projector is at DCA 152 Nethergate Dundee 29 January - 2 February Festival hotline 01382 386 961 Festival site www.projectorfest.com
“things have a life of their own, it’s simply a matter of waking their souls” Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Puppet Animation Scotland is dedicated to the advocacy for, and the development and celebration of, the artforms of puppet theatre and animation in Scotland. In addition to the manipulate Visual Theatre Festival, Puppet Animation Scotland also runs the Puppet Animation Festival. The 2007 event was the 23rd annual celebration of puppet theatre and animation in Scotland. From its origins as a week of performances at the Netherbow in Edinburgh in 1984, this year the Festival lasted for five weeks presenting 312 events provided by 27 companies in 158 venues throughout Scotland, for 19,258 people.
Over the past eight years the Puppet Animation Festival has increased: The number of local authority partners from 11 in 1999 to 25 in 2007, a growth of
136% The number of events from 165 in 1999 to 312 in 2007, a growth of
The Festival is the largest and the oldest performing arts event for children and young people in the UK. Performance spaces range from city centre theatres, to urban community and arts centres, to the smallest of village halls. The Festival has a network of partnerships with 25 of Scotland’s 32 local authorities, each of whom programmes what is most appropriate for their audiences.
The number of venues from 76 in 1999 to 158 in 2007, a growth of
Puppet theatre is a thriving art form in this country. Since 1999 Scottish professional companies have presented 11,245 performances and workshops for 1,083,114 children, young people and adults in Scotland and the rest of the UK.
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107% Attendances from 10,627 in 1999 to 19,258 in 2007, a growth of