manipulate Visual Theatre Festival 2012

24 January 2012 ← return to listing

manipulate Visual Theatre Festival 2012

Visual Theatre can be anything from puppetry and physical theatre to animation and film, and we're delighted to be hosting some of the best examples of these art forms at the manipulate festival next week.

Now entering its fifth year, manipulate is a one-off event in the Scottish cultural calendar, when the  Traverse becomes home to some of the most avant-garde visual theatre, puppetry, object and physical theatre to be seen anywhere in the UK, and a film programme which offers a snapshot of the best international contemporary animation.


The performance programme begins with Hamletmachine by Compagnie Sans Soucis (France). Dynamic video projection and highly theatrical object manipulation capture the tensions and urgency of Henrik Müller's play (Monday 30 Jan, returns only).

Invisible Thread (England) present their first ever production, Plucked…A True Fairy Tale, which uses object theatre, live video-feed painting, puppetry and animation to conjure up a dark miniature world (Tuesday 31 Jan).

Czech Republic company Wariot Ideal perform Polaris, a story of two men lost in the Antarctic and a wait for help that never arrives, combining physical theatre, improvisation, mime, film and sound design (Wednesday 1 Feb).

There's been a last minute change to the programme and unfortunately Akhe's Glossary has been cancelled. However we are delighted to present Appel d'Air from Théâtre Vélo. 

Snapshots matches-up leading Scottish puppeteers and Scottish theatre directors to each create a ten minute piece of visual theatre, followed by Finnish show Her Cup of Tea(Friday 3 Feb).

Austrian choreographer, Editta Braun, has created the bizarre and touching Luvos,a highly expressive and physical piece which plays with the body at its familiar and most alien (Saturday 4 Feb).

Closing the live performance programme is The Return of the Great Puppet Horn, from Pangolin's Teatime, England, the UK's leading satirical puppet show featuring up-to-the-minute commentary on everything from the global financial crisis to Take That (Saturday Feb 4).

Film programme 

Curated by Susie Wilson, the manipulate film programme is a collection of feature length and short films, showcasing the best international animation. Feature films include the Oscar nominated Chico & Rita, 2010 (Tuesday 31 Jan),Waltz with Bashir  from Israel, 2008 (Wednesday 1 Feb) and Goodbye Mr Christie from the UK, 2010 (3 Feb).

The short film programme, Off to the Asylum includes tall tales and visceral imaginings from Greece, Germany, Poland and France (2 Feb).

Watch the manipulate trailer to get a taster of what's in store at the Traverse next week.

We hope to see you here!


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