TICKETS Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh 0131 228 1404 www.traverse.co.uk
VISUAL THEATRE FESTIVAL #11 27 JANUARY – 3 FEBRUARY 2018
Traverse 1 Performances £17/£14/£9 Traverse 2 Performances £14/£11/£9 Screenings £9/£5 Film Festival Pass £35 3 Film Pass £12 Full Festival Pass £159 3 Show Pass 10% discount on full price tickets For all workshops bookings please visit: www.manipulatefestival.org For other manipulate venues’ tickets and box office information please contact: Dance Base, Edinburgh 0131 225 5525 www.dancebase.co.uk The Lemon Tree, Aberdeen 01224 641 122 www.aberdeenperformingarts.com Theatre Royal, Dumfries 01387 254 209 www.theatreroyaldumfries.co.uk Tron Theatre, Glasgow 0141 552 4267 www.tron.co.uk Norwich Puppet Theatre 01603 615 564 www.puppettheatre.co.uk Gulbenkian Theatre, Canterbury, England 01227 769 075 www.thegulbenkian.co.uk The Boo, Rossendale, England 01706 220 241 www.horseandbamboo.org
manipulate and our visiting companies and artists gratefully acknowledge the support of the following partners and organisations:
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WELCOME TO manipulate PUPPET ANIMATION SCOTLAND’S ANNUAL CELEBRATION OF INNOVATIVE VISUAL THEATRE AND ANIMATED FILM. Entering our second decade we are excited to present a dynamic and eclectic programme of Scottish and international visual and physical theatre, puppetry, object manipulation and animated film. We are particularly pleased to collaborate with Institut Français d’Écosse to present the work of four leading, award-winning French ensembles along with dynamic and challenging work and training opportunities provided by celebrated companies and artists from Belgium, Israel, Italy and the USA.
Puppet Animation Scotland is a small organisation and we would like to thank our festivals partners, volunteers, Board members and staff, both past and present, for providing their commitment, expertise and enthusiasm. Stewart Armstrong Festival Video Creator Andy Catlin Festival Photographer Colin Purves Festival Films Technician Nick Wong Festival Films Producer D8 Brochure Design J Thomson Colour Printers Printer ALMOST ALIVE/Sandman Cover Image
manipulate has always supported the work and creative development of Scottish theatre makers, showcasing their work at all stages of its evolution. We look forward to seeing productions created by Company of Wolves, Oceanallover and Ramesh Meyyappan, as well as a Clown Cabaret Special Edition. In our Snapshots and Testroom programmes we also highlight the artistry and experimentation of seventeen Scottish-based artists and companies.
This year for the first time all our animated films screenings will be presented together on the festival’s opening Saturday (27 January), offering an immersive opportunity to enjoy a wide-range of eclectic contemporary animation from around the globe. As well as featuring dynamic abstract visual art in motion, festivals’ retrospectives, puppets to music and an audiencechoice feature, we are delighted to welcome appearances and curated programmes by eminent international animators Alberto Vazquez and Ülo Pikkov. Join us and enter a vivid and captivating world of great Scottish and international visual theatre, puppetry and animated film. We look forward to welcoming you. Simon Hart Artistic Director Rosie Priest Festivals & Projects Administrator Melanie Purdie Festivals & Projects Manager
Puppet Animation Scotland
Edinburgh Short Film Festival/Scotland Duration: 50’ / Ages: 13+ / Tickets: £5 Saturday 27 January, 2.00pm Traverse Theatre, Scotland
Now in its seventh year, the Edinburgh Short Film Festival has evolved into a highly dynamic and active short film curation agency which, aside from running its annual festival, also holds annual screening events with eight separate partner festivals and film organisations around the world, in Australia, France, Japan, Spain and the UK.
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We are delighted to present a brilliantly eclectic selection of short films submitted to the festival over the past five years. The programme includes Best Film nominee Beetle Trouble, created by Zurich-born Edinburgh resident Gabriel Böhmer, and Chloe Leseur’s TIS, winner of the inaugural Puppet Animation Scotland/Edinburgh Short Film Festival 2017 Best Animated Film Award.
WOMEN IN PUPPETRY & ANIMATED FILM
Bristol Festival of Puppetry/England Duration: 50’ / Ages: 13+ / Tickets: £5 Saturday 27 January, 3.00pm Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh
First presented at the Bristol Festival of Puppetry in 2017, this showcase of animated films, each of which harnesses the almost infinite malleability and versatility of puppetry, celebrates the talents of female directors, animators, puppeteers and other filmmaking creatives both in front and behind the camera.
ANIMATED GRAPHICS: FILMS & COMICS Alberto Vazquez/Spain Duration: 80’ / Ages: 13+ / Tickets: £9 Saturday 27 January, 4.00pm Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh
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Presented in collaboration with Edinburgh-based films collective Cinemaattic, an opportunity to see the work of Alberto Vazquez, currently one of Europe’s hottest animators. Alberto will join us in person along with Khris Cembe, animation director on all Vazquez’ shorts, for a programme of his acclaimed films, followed by a Q & A. With his distinctive artistic style and dark humour, Alberto’s work articulates an innovative approach to translating the visual techniques and devices from his original comics into animated film which is unique in Spain. Vazquez and his team share a passion for creating striking work for adult audiences which dares, both through narrative structures and stylistic choices, to consistently challenge filmmaking orthodoxy.
From alternative leading ladies to female views on sexuality, conflict and relationships, this recently curated collection of shorts reflects the expertise and experiences of women working in puppetry and film today. manipulate is delighted to be able to screen this dynamic and thoughtprovoking selection of animated shorts.
Alberto’s books and comics have enjoyed significant success around the world and his films have won over 60 awards at major international festivals. In 2016 Alberto’s first feature, Psiconautas, was nominated for Best Animated Feature Film at the European Film Awards, as well as winning the Spanish Academy Best Film Award. At the same ceremony Alberto also won Best Animated Short Film for Decorado. manipulate VISUAL THEATRE FESTIVAL 2018
Ülo Pikkov/Estonia Duration: 80’ / Ages: 13+ / Tickets: £9
A Jan Lenica/Poland 1965, 10’ ERSATZ (SUROGAT) Dušan Vukotić/Yugoslavia 1961, 10’
Saturday 27 January, 7.30pm Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh
PUNTO Y RAYA FESTIVAL 2016: A SELECTION
Punto Y Raya/Spain Duration: 50’ / Ages: 13+ / Tickets: £5 Saturday 27 January, 6.30pm Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh In Spanish, Punto Y Raya means the dot and the line. This dynamic festival fosters experimentation in visual arts through the use of pure form, colour, motion and sound. Avoiding direct representation, this renders the work it presents universal and timeless.
Animation has a rich tradition of debating, commenting and reflecting on the political and socio-cultural situation of society. Since animated film is also a vehicle for cultural memory, collective consciousness and identity, Eastern European animations provide unique insights into a totalitarian society and its modes of behaviour.
VACUUM CLEANER (TOLMUIMEJA) Avo Paistik/Estonia 1978, 10’ HAND (RUKA) Jiří Trnka/Czechoslovakia 1965, 18’ PYGMALION Arnolds Burovs/Latvia 1967, 10’
The Soviet domination of Eastern Europe after World War II had mixed effects. On the one hand, the state-supported industry was able to produce high-level artistic animations without the pressing need to focus on their commercial success. On the other, the state also controlled and censored almost every step of filmmaking, severely curtailing the creative freedom of the animation artists. This intriguing and thought-provoking programme, introduced by Ülo Pikkov, the eminent award-winning Estonian animator, and followed by a Q & A, explores how potent political protest can be created in the most subtle and allusive of ways.
With six iterations under its belt since 2007 and a promotional network which comprises of over 45 cities, Punto Y Raya has established itself as a global benchmark for the promotion and celebration of abstract art in motion. Punto Y Raya makes its manipulate debut with a selection of award-winning films from its latest edition which took place in October 2016 at ZKM, in Karlsruhe, Germany.
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FIVE INTO ONE: FEATURE FILMS Puppet Animation Scotland Duration: 80’+ / Ages 13+ / Tickets: £5
PUPPETS TO MUSIC: IMAGES TO FILM
Saturday 27 January, 10.00pm Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh TUMBLEWEED Scarlet Tanager, 3’
I’LL FORGET YOU Lior, 3’ PERFECT WORLD Kate Melua, 4’ MOVING ON James, 4’ Puppet Animation Scotland Duration: 50’ / Ages: 13+ / Tickets: £5 THE MAKING OF… Bombay Bicycle Club, 6’ Saturday 27 January, 9.00pm Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh After a hard day’s darkness watching animated films, join us for a selection of brilliant, joy-making shorts. Through the manipulation of objects, puppets and all manner of arcane materials, the songs of The Bombay Bicycle Club, Deluxe, Feist, James, Katie Melua, John Ritter and other leading musicians are brought vividly to life.
Your chance to help programme this year’s festival! Go to our festival website www.manipulatefestival.org to find links to trailers for the five award-winning animated feature films below and vote for your favourite. The winner will be announced on Monday 8 January and screened at the end the day.
HOW COULD YOU SWALLOW SO MUCH SLEEP Bombay Bicycle Club, 4’
PERSEPOLIS Marjane Satrapi/Iran 2008, 96’ THE DARK CRYSTAL Jim Henson/USA 1982, 93’
BABY THAT’S YOU Deluxe, 4’ THE CURSE John Ritter, 5’ FISH Wyn Oak, 5’ DANIEL Deluxe, 4’
THE LITTLE PRINCE Mark Osborne/UK, France 2016, 110’ GRAVE OF THE FIREFLIES Isao Takahata/Japan 2004, 90’ WALTZ WITH BASHIR Ari Folman/Israel 2008, 90’
HONEY HONEY Feist, 4’ AESOP ROCK Kirby, 3’
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SONG OF THE GOAT
Compagnie à/France Duration: 50’ / Ages: 12+
Monday 29 January, 7.30pm Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh Saturday 27 January, 7.00pm The Lemon Tree, Aberdeen UK PREMIERE
In a perfect suburban setting of manicured lawns, gingham as chic and the wild excesses of 1950’s rock and roll, three neighbours gather for the funeral of a goat, a victim of a heinous crime. The culprit is still at large… A tiny but universal tragedy, played by three comedians and a crazy musician. An acerbic, funny, bitter-sweet tale that questions: is life worth living? Does love really exist? Is revenge a dish better served hot or cold. And how much is the love of a goat really worth? Combining humorous, poetic object theatre and highlyskilled clowning, this tragicomic story describes how a new neighbour with harmless differences can unknowingly shatter fragile surface harmonies which shelter much darker tones. A cautionary tale about the illusory lure of contemporary consumer society... starring a goat. Since 2003 Compagnie à, one of France’s leading ensembles, has created brilliantly funny and challenging productions which, behind the humour and play, explore the social and political contexts within which we live through the absurdities and nonsense of everyday life. Over the past five years Song of the Goat has been presented to great acclaim throughout Europe.
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Song of the Goat has no spoken dialogue.
A war is about to begin, now is the time for men to become heroes.But the soldiers are plastic, the battlefield’s a table, and home is just a distant image on a screen.
Ariel Doron/Israel Duration: 45’ / Ages: 13+ Monday 29 January, 9.00pm Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh Thursday 1 February, 7.30pm The Boo, Rossendale, England UK PREMIERE
In a combat zone with no clear enemy or goal, the border between reality and fantasy starts to blur: is all this really happening, or is it all just a game? Violence, desire, hate and fear are put on the table as children’s toys are brought to life, and the innocence of child-like play encounters the bleeding reality of an adult war. Combining a variety of object manipulation techniques, video technology and dynamic characterisation, Plastic Heroes presents challenging,
funny and fast-paced collages of war and conflict, using bought off the shelf children’s toys. After a childhood obsession with puppetry making and performing, Ariel Doron studied the art form in Israel and France. He has presented his work at major festivals in over twenty countries around the world with great success and regularly teaches in leading international performing arts institutions. Plastic Heroes has a little spoken dialogue. The production contains mild sexual content, strong language, loud noises and flashing lights.
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Company of Wolves/Scotland Duration: 60’ / Ages: 12+ Tuesday 30 January, 9.00pm Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh sing goddess sing the rage of achilles that sent down to darkness so many souls making their bodies carrion for the birds and dogs to tear and their families wait forever for their coming home The myth of Achilles is re-imagined in this heartstopping, dynamically physical solo performance created and performed by Ewan Downie. The story of the greatest hero of the Greeks during the long and bloody Trojan War: how his best friend is killed by the champion of the Trojans, his desperate grief, and his terrible vengeance. In a powerful fusion of storytelling, physicality, dance and song, Achilles is the story of one man’s exorcism: a burning out of his vulnerability, his rage, and his humanity.
RESSACS Compagnie Gare Centrale/Belgium Duration: 70’ / Ages: 13+ Tuesday 30 January, 7.30pm Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh UK PREMIERE
A couple, lost at sea. Playthings for the prevailing winds, their moods tossing and turning, just like their small raft. Their course is uncertain. The couple have lost everything: their stylish home, their beautiful garden, the lease on their shiny new car. The bank has taken everything. Their poverty is absolute. Perhaps only Jesus can still save them, perhaps only he can return their 60’ colour TV? Pleading to him with their gospels of conspicuous consumption they are saved! Run aground on the virgin soil of a deserted land, the couple are ready to rebuild their lives… but are they fated to make the same mistakes?
Creating humorous, bickering, largerthan-life husband and wife characters, and using masterful and imaginative object manipulation, the award-winning Compagnie Gare Centrale presents this bitingly funny and darkly satirical allegory about the dangers of existing purely for the material life. Founded in 1984 the company has presented its work around the globe to great acclaim. In 2017 its founder and performer/artistic director, Agnes Limbos, was honoured as a featured artist at the world-renowned Festival Mondial Des Theatres De Marionnettes in France.
Company of Wolves is Scotland’s only laboratory theatre ensemble, led by Ewan Downie and Anna Porubcansky. Using elements of theatre, dance, music and improvisation the company crafts, through experimentation and exploration, unique and compelling pieces which speak directly to the times in which we live. The company presented its ensemble piece, The End of Things, during manipulate 2017. Achilles has strong, descriptive language and violent acts.
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PEURBLEU & DON’T BE AFRAID: A DOUBLE BILL C&C Company/Italy Duration: 110’ / Ages: 13+ Peurbleu 50’ Interval 15’ Don’t Be Afraid 45’
Entering a supermarket a nameless woman is in a blue funk… Blue is a shy colour, without ulterior motives. It does not grab the gaze, like yellow or red. A calming colour, blue slows one down. It is a colour which can set you free, the very colour of the soul after it leaves the body, after all the blood sprays out and the innards empty themselves and, once and for all, the furniture of our thoughts escape into the blue… Based on the classic French text, Une Histoire de Bleu, by Jean-Michel Maulpoix.
Feeling more and more isolated, Joe’s life seems increasingly impossible and perhaps the only solution is to exist in darkness. Exploring mental Ramesh Meyyappan Productions/ well-being, identity, and those unsettling times Scotland, Singapore when you feel a little bit different from everyone Duration: 60’ / Ages: 12+ else, Off-Kilter is a darkly comedic visual theatre production, incorporating illusions, masterful Wednesday 31 January, 9.00pm physicality and dynamic, non-verbal storytelling. Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh Friday 26 January, 7.00pm The Lemon Tree, Aberdeen
Wednesday 31 January, 6.45pm Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh
At work and in his home, Joe Kilter has his daily set routines. Although some people think Joe is obsessive, Joe would prefer not to be thought of at all. When an unexpected event changes his everyday habits Joe’s world is turned askew. His life is no longer his own, he’s off his game… Joe Kilter is most definitely off-kilter.
UK PREMIERE Peurbleu & Don’t Be Afraid have a little spoken dialogue. These pieces contain nudity and sexual content.
Ramesh Meyyappan’s award-winning solo performances and collaborations have toured extensively, both nationally and internationally to much critical acclaim, most recently with his production, Butterfly, which was presented at manipulate in 2015. Ramesh is currently part of the Design Team for new BA Degree for Deaf Actors at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. Off-Kilter has no spoken dialogue and is suitable for D/deaf audiences.
DON’T BE AFRAID A Faun is new born, a young man riding history, learning to love, to fight and to win. Growing and evolving, he becomes the symbol of an era, a myth, a philosopher, a half-God, seemingly all-powerful and invincible. But this Faun is fated, torn from the Earth he loses miserably, he falls and gets lost in the eternity of night… freely inspired by Mallarme’s L’ Après-midi d’un Faune, and Debussy’s symphonic tone poem of the same name. The celebrated C&C Company returns to Scotland, having previously presented Tristissimo with great success at manipulate in 2015, as well as the multi award-winning production Maria Addolarata during the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2014.
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Sandman – Sabine Molenaar/Belgium Duration: 55’ / Ages: 13+ Thursday 1 February, 7.30pm Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh UK PREMIERE
Every day, we are exposed to a never-ending blast of information and impressions. Sometimes it would be good to put this never-ending flow of stimuli on hold, if only for a little while, so you could catch your breath and feel your own heartbeat again. But, shutting your eyes and ears, you find that images and impressions keep reappearing inside your head, and the echoes of a multitude of voices and sounds never stop resonating.
Sea Hames is a celebration of Orkney’s Festival of the Horse, ancient traditions of ploughing contests and arcane rural ritual. This innovative multi-disciplinary performance fuses eclectic Oceanallover/Scotland sonic composition, compelling performance and intricate Duration: 60’ / Ages: 12+ costume to explore the mythology and iconography of the horse, the earth and the sea. Thursday 1 February, 9.00pm Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh Oceanallover is one of Scotland’s leading performance companies, creating site-specific work for a great variety of indoor and outdoor settings. Visually arresting and In 1984 two Clydesdale horses jumped the gate of their field philosophically stimulating, the company’s work makes use and charged down to the beach at Billia Croo on Orkney. of original and innovative costume design, gripping theatricality Standing up on their hind hooves they danced and strutted and evocative music to create emotional and memorable in the low mid-summer sun. Using this striking image as performative events. inspiration, the rituals of horse, land and sea inspire the visual and aural poetry of Sea Hames, its choreography and ritual Sea Hames has no dialogue and contains loud noises. responding to the power and permanence of Scotland’s This production is a promenade performance. Please natural heritage and folkloric identity. contact us about all access requirements.
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What would happen if you could withdraw from the turmoil of the outside world and enter a timeless and boundless inner world? Moving further from reality and towards that dark place, where shelter and true peace of mind await, could be so attractive. Yet chaos and disorientation may also lurk in this shadowy universe. Having presented THAT’S IT and Touch Me at previous festivals, acclaimed dance artist Sabine Molenaar returns to manipulate with her third solo. Sabine’s intense and distinctive cross-disciplinary work, incorporating dance, inventive physicality, film and photography, has won her significant international recognition and we are very pleased to present Almost Alive this year. Almost Alive has no dialogue and contains strobe and flashing lights.
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THE FROG AT THE BOTTOM OF THE WELL BELIEVES THAT THE SKY IS ROUND
DAL VIVO! Flop & ATH Associés/France Duration: 38’ / Ages: 12+ Friday 2 February, 7.00pm & 9.30pm Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh UK PREMIERE
Vélo Théâtre/France Duration: 75’ / Ages: 12+
Friday 2 February, 7.00pm & 9.30pm Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh SCOTTISH PREMIERE
Mr Brin d’Avoine has an eclectic collection of treasured objects. His home is a refuge, a complete imaginary and ornately intricate world. Two manservants welcome you into his house. On entering you will leave your usual place as a mere spectator and become a privileged visitor in an intriguing and dreamlike house. All of us are filled with the memories and early experiences of our first home, our earliest playground and a place of daydreams which never leaves us. Home is the place that influences the building of our spatial and emotional selves. Within a specially created performance space containing delicate and immersive installations, evocative film, redolent
Using simple, everyday objects and light Flop creates before our eyes an enigmatic and thought-provoking world. A succession of potent and beautiful images invite us to reflect upon those primal connections and relationships – to home, to lovedones and the world around us – which make us who we are.
In parallel with his career as creator, performer and director with the acclaimed performance art ensemble Group ZUR, Flop has been making and presenting solo work throughout Europe since 2004, exploring light and its use as an expressive theatrical medium in its own right.
An immersive, allusive and poetic piece, living on the cusp of performance art, cinema, theatre and painting, Dal Vivo! shows us the mechanics of creativity where between light, objects, projection and their interplay we can create our own, personal narratives. Light takes on a multi-coloured, textured, almost corporeal quality, enabling us to re-examine the mysteries of our inner and outer worlds and how we reconcile our dreams with our realities.
Dal Vivo! has some spoken dialogue.
music and poetic soundscapes, travel with our humorous and charming guides to the emotional heart of the meaning and significance of home in all our lives. One of France’s greatest and most influential visual and object theatre companies, Vélo Théâtre has been creating intimate, beautiful and poetic worlds for its audiences since 1981. Its work has been seen and acclaimed all over the world. This is the company’s third visit to manipulate, having previously presented Appel D’Air and And Then He Ate Me with great success. This production has spoken dialogue.
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CLOWN CABARET SPECIAL EDITION
Plutôt la Vie, CLoWnStePPinG & Melanie Jordan/ Scotland Duration: 70’ / Ages: 12+ Saturday 3 February, 9.00pm Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh A librarian looking for love… A musical prodigy seeking perfection… A janitor longing for the spotlight… A mathematician searching for sense… A mountain climber hunting for his magnificence... and his hat. A delightfully daft evening with some of Scotland’s finest clowns. Each one has clawed their way up through the ranks of Clown Cabaret Scratch Nights to unleash their wild and wonderful dreams and fantasies for you!
A personal interpretation of the darker elements of the Briar Rose fairy tale, a fairy tale for grown-ups, created and performed by Compagnie Akselere’s Artistic Director, Colette Garrigan. Compagnie Akselere/France Duration: 55’ / Ages: 13+ The kingdom of Liverpool, Garrigan’s home town, is devastated by Saturday 3 February, 7.30pm unemployment and famine. It’s safer to Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh be a gang member than to be alone and needles have replaced spindles. Not the Wednesday 31 January, 7.30pm best place for dreams about modernGulbenkian Theatre, Canterbury day princesses and very far away from the nearest, happily-ever-after fairy tale Friday 2 February, 7.30pm castle. Theatre Royal, Dumfries Creating a unique and threatening realm of shadows with puppetry, everyday objects and imaginative lighting, Garrigan 19
Each clown is on their unique quest to uncover the profound and the ridiculous. Allow them to test their funny upon your frown and launch you into the world of theatre clown! These hand-picked Clown Cabaret favourites are all looking for the place a clown loves best, to be in front of an audience. Join us to marvel in their mayhem and bask in their brilliance. Formed in 2013 in Edinburgh, Clown Cabaret is the lovechild of Scottish theatre professionals Tim Licata, Sáras Feijóo and Melanie Jordan. The regular Clown Cabaret Scratch Nights and Bouffon Scratchings provide two highly successful performance platforms through which artists are supported to create new work or refine ideas within the fields of Clown and Bouffon. Clown Cabaret Special Edition has dialogue and will be BSL interpreted. This production contains strobe and flashing lights, colours, loud noises, sexual content and a great deal of silliness.
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integrates her Liverpool voice with her adopted French tongue to describe a dangerous world where the blackest of humour co-exists with poetic stillness and insights. Born in Liverpool, Colette Garrigan studied puppetry in France, at the International Puppetry Centre in Charleville-Mézières, before settling on the island of Réunion where she founded Compagnie Akselere in 1999. Now based in Normandy, Colette has created seven successful productions over the past fifteen years, becoming an important and distinctive theatrical voice in France. Sleeping Beauty has spoken dialogue.
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We invite you to five self-contained events during manipulate within which Scottish-based performance artists present a flavour of their current creative explorations and experiments.
Duration: 50’ / Ages: 13+ Thursday 1 February, 6.00pm Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh FREE BUT TICKETED
This year the Curious School of Puppetry – a dynamic, short fulltime course which nurtures the development of excellence in puppetry performance in the UK – is based in Edinburgh. Three of its recent graduates present examples of their work created during their training.
Duration 50’ / Ages 13+ Saturday 27 January, 1.00pm Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh FREE BUT TICKETED
Ella Mackay/Scotland A burlesque-inspired hand-tease celebrating the fluidity, versatility and down-right sexy movement a hand can perform. Small appendage... big bravado!
RAGNARÖK Tortoise In A Nutshell/Scotland The world is breaking. Years of frozen winters and endless nights have been followed by raging fires and infernal wars. Small huddles of humanity live in fear of the next attack from the skies. This is the Ragnarök. A glimpse of a new piece in development by multi award-winning company, Tortoise in a Nutshell.
Duration: 50’ / Ages: 13+ Saturday 27 January, 6.30pm Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh FREE BUT TICKETED
Sarah Bebe Holmes/Scotland, USA Highlighting themes of choice, chance, science and mortality, an autobiographical tale about a young woman who gave her eggs. With live music and aerial choreography on plastics, Egg explores the physical distortion and discomfort of the effects of hormones on the body, and the complexity created through the use of science to make a family.
Duration: 50’ / Ages: 13+ Tuesday 30 January, 6.00pm Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh
Emma King/Scotland Don’t be nervous, it’s perfectly safe! An enthusiastic and keenas-mustard keeper introduces us to one of the rare and exotic animals in her charge.
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Freda O’Byrne / Scotland Based on research and testimonies, one man’s chilling and de-humanising experiences as the first suspect to be taken into CIA detention.
Katie Armstrong/Scotland A bite-sized snippet of dance which explores, through the meeting of two people, the complexities of the 1st movement of JS Bach’s Violin Concerto.
NOTHING Faux Theatre/Scotland Fight/lose, breathe/suffocate, try/fail. A purposefully low-tech physical exploration of the force and grip of intense depression, that place where nothing matters.
LOVE: INSPIRED BY SHAKESPEARE’S SONNETS Ludens Ensemble/Scotland, Cyprus An excerpt of the company’s latest production which uses mapping projections, interactive animations, object manipulation and a DJ to dramatize Shakespeare’s beautiful and insightful poems.
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SNAPSHOTS 5 Duration: 50’ / Ages: 13+ Saturday 3 February, 6.00pm Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh FREE BUT TICKETED A selection of the Edinburgh-based Diploma in Physical Theatre Graduates’ Showcase 2017 pieces, providing an opportunity for these emerging performing artists to present, through their work, a summation of the knowledge and expertise they gained during the course.
SOCIAL BUTTERFLY Jessica Innes/Scotland A shadow theatre piece about the pressures of conformity for young women in society.
THE FUZZBALLZ Fraser Anderson/Scotland Happy, primary-coloured puppets don’t always behave well, especially when they are unlucky in love…
LOVE LETTERS Kat Barrass/Scotland Inspired by the work of Pina Bausch, a piece exploring the dynamics of relationships. RAINY DAYS
Calette Duke/Scotland Clowning, inspired by the great Russian artist Slava, about enjoying everyday simple outdoor pleasures.
WAR ROOM Julia Hart/Scotland War is hell. A visceral evocation of the futility and messiness of human conflict.
TESTROOM Puppet Animation Scotland Duration: 50’ / Ages: 12+
Monday 29 January, 6.00pm Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh FREE BUT TICKETED Wednesday 24 January, 8.00pm Tron Theatre, Glasgow
Since the beginning of November last year four groups of selected Scottishbased theatre artists have been meeting on Monday evenings. Using the knowledge and insights of the other practitioners in the room as a sounding board they have nurtured and developed their initial creative ideas, culminating in the presentation of three to five minutes of work at manipulate.
Facilitated by leading puppeteer Gavin Glover (A Christmas Carol & The Tin Forest, National Theatre of Scotland) each group’s aim has been to develop those puppetry making and performing skills and expertise most appropriate for their project. Following Testroom the aspiration is that they then will bring their ideas to full production. THE POST-APOCALYPTIC PUPPET SHOW/The Creative Martyrs In a post-apocalyptic wasteland three troubadours wander in search of a show, pulling a cart of essentials, their musical instruments and a battered portable puppet theatre. What stories might they tell as they strive to survive? CLINCH/Clara Bloomfield Sarah, a fifteen year old girl, lives with her grandfather in a tough ex-mining town in Fife. She suffers with bad anxiety. Joining the local boxing club is an act that is laced with significant challenges and tensions for them both.
IN THE DEVIL’S NAME/Gunshow Theatre Isobel Gowdie was a 17th century young housewife from Aldearn in Nairnshire. She is remembered not just for being tried as a witch but for her detailed confession, given voluntarily without torture. What motives made Isobel confess? THE BOOK OF POONI/Theatre Gu Leòr Incorporating traditional music and images of the island’s stunning landscape, the antics of a real-life mischievous cat, Pooni, who lived on Canna between the wars, will form the basis of a new touring production in Gaelic for family audiences. Testroom is a Puppet Animation Scotland programme created with support from the National Theatre of Scotland.
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TERRAIN – THE GROUND ON WHICH A PUPPET LIVES: A PUPPETRY WORKSHOP Eric Bass/USA Saturday 27 – Monday 29 January Various times Dance Base, Edinburgh Thursday 1 – Friday 2 February 10.00am – 5.00pm Norwich Puppet Theatre, England
Actors tread “the boards” of the stage. What are the boards of a puppet’s performance world? How can those “boards” become an asset to the puppet? These are questions that we address in this workshop. We tend to take it for granted that puppets move on flat surfaces, but those surfaces give us very little to work with, except the puppet itself. Why use a table for your stage, when you can use a wheel, or a tightrope? This workshop explores ways of raising the stakes for your puppets, by creating an interaction between the puppet and the terrain upon which it stands. The term “table-top puppet” may never be the same!
This three-day, hands-on puppetry workshop is led by one of the USA’s best-known and respected puppeteers, Eric Bass. Since 1982 he and his internationally acclaimed, award-winning company Sandglass Theater have toured puppetry productions successfully throughout the world. Sandglass Theater regularly performs in its own 60-seat renovated barn theatre in Putney, Vermont, which is also the centre each summer for its renowned, two-week intensive puppetry training programme. During manipulate 2015 Eric presented his legendary production Autumn Portraits.
THE ACTOR & THE OBJECT: AN OBJECT MANIPULATION WORKSHOP Agnès Limbos/Belgium Wednesday 31 January – Friday 2 February 9.30am – 5.00pm Dance Base, Edinburgh
Through individual and collective exercises and improvisations participants’ imagination, curiosity, and skills will be developed and enhanced. They will explore how the selection, visible manipulation and presentation of objects to an audience creates successful and satisfying theatre of the author. During this year’s manipulate Agnès also presents and performs in Ressacs with her Compagnie Gare Centrale, on Tuesday 30 January. Founded in 1984 the company has presented its work around the globe to great acclaim. In 2017 Agnes was honoured as a featured artist at the worldrenowned Festival Mondial Des Theatres De Marionnettes in France.
Utilising the experience gained and expertise developed over her highly successful career, Agnès Limbos will lead a workshop which will enable participants to develop greater understanding of the intrinsic poetry of everyday objects, learning how these evocative and potent qualities can be harnessed to create imaginative and thought-provoking visual theatre.
THE BODY AS A STATE OF MIND: A MOVEMENT WORKSHOP
Sabine Molenaar/Belgium A one-day practical workshop during which internationally renowned dance artist Sabine Molenaar will offer different tools of improvisation and composition which she uses in her creation process. Starting by using visualisation and breathing to connect mind and body, and stimulate the imagination, Sabine’s methodology and exercises will create a nourishing ground for researching states of mind and emotion, and their corresponding physical qualities. Sabine will share techniques: to keep learning from and about the body by listening and exploring; to prevent boredom and habitual responses when an everyday creativity and fully-awakened mind is required, to nurture an inspired and disciplined mind which then can expand the physical capacities of your body, and to create surprising directions of movement and choreography by the transformation of rhythms, space and the body. As well as leading this workshop, acclaimed dance artist Sabine Molenaar returns to manipulate with her third solo, having performed That’s It and Touch Me at previous festivals. Sabine’s intense and distinctive cross-disciplinary work, incorporating dance, brilliantly inventive physicality, film and photography, has won her significant international recognition and we are very pleased to present Almost Alive this year, on Thursday 1 February.
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THE BODY AS A STATE OF MIND: A MOVEMENT WORKSHOP
DAILY DIARY, Edinburgh
Saturday 27th January
SNAPSHOTS 2 6.30PM – Page 21
SNAPSHOTS 1 1.00PM – Page 21 ANIMATED RETROSPECTIVES 2.00PM – Page 3
TERRAIN - THE GROUND ON WHICH A PUPPET LIVES 2.00PM – Page 25
WOMEN IN PUPPETRY & ANIMATED FILM 3.00PM – Page 3
Sabine Molenaar/Belgium Saturday 3 February, 2.00pm – 8.00pm Dance Base, Edinburgh
ANIMATED GRAPHICS: FILMS & COMICS 4.00PM – Page 4 PUNTO Y RAYA FESTIVAL 2016: A SELECTION 6.30PM – Page 5 FIGHTING MODERNISTS 7.30PM – Page 6 PUPPETS & MUSIC: IMAGES TO FILM 9.00PM – Page 7 FIVE INTO ONE: FEATURE FILMS 10.00PM – Page 8 TERRAIN - THE GROUND ON WHICH A PUPPET LIVES 10.00AM – Page 25
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Sunday 28th January
TERRAIN - THE GROUND ON WHICH A PUPPET LIVES 9.30AM – Page 25
Monday 29th January
SONG OF THE GOAT 7.30PM – Page 9
TESTROOM 6.00PM – Page 24 PLASTIC HEROES 9.00PM – Page 10
Tuesday 30th January
RESSACS 7.30PM – Page 11
SNAPSHOTS 3 6.00PM – Page 22 ACHILLES 9.00PM – Page 12
Wednesday 31st January
DOUBLE BILL: PEURBLEU & DON’T BE AFRAID 6.45PM – Page 13
OFF KILTER 9.00PM – Page 14
THE ACTOR & THE OBJECT 9.30AM – Page 26
Thursday 1st February
ALMOST ALIVE 7.30PM – Page 15
SNAPSHOTS 4 6.00PM – Page 22 SEA HAMES 9.00PM – Page 16
THE ACTOR & THE OBJECT 9.30AM – Page 26
Friday 2nd February
THE FROG AT THE BOTTOM OF THE WELL BELIEVES THAT THE SKY IS ROUND 7.00PM & 9.30PM – Page 17
DAL VIVO! 7.00PM & 9.30PM – Page 18
THE ACTOR & THE OBJECT 9.30AM – Page 26
Saturday 3rd February
SLEEPING BEAUTY 7.30PM – Page 19
SNAPSHOTS 5 6.00PM – Page 23 CLOWN CABARET 9.00PM – Page 20
THE BODY AS A STATE OF MIND 2.00PM – Page 26
Explore the performances and workshops on offer in the 11th ever manipulate Visual Theatre Festival.