Julian Crouch & Saskia Lane presents Birdheart | European premiere | manipulate 2016
An egg cracks open. A restless spirit emerges. What will it become?
An intimate and stunning chamber piece of animated theatre created with a sheet of brown paper, found objects, shadows and a box of sand.
A show about transformation, loneliness, and the urge to fly, BIRDHEART holds a mirror up to humanity. Through a series of animated images built in front of the audiences’ eyes BIRDHEART creates something achingly beautiful from the humblest of beginnings.
BIRDHEART was commissioned by VisionIntoArt and National Sawdust’s Curator in Residence programme – part of the New Victory Labworks Artist Residency and Watermill Artist Residency, with additional support from the St Anne’s Warehouse Puppet Lab and the Henson Foundation.
Currently represented on Broadway with his Tony-nominated scenic design for HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH, the world-renowned theatre designer, director and puppet-maker Julian Crouch has also wowed audiences with SATYAGRAHA (2008 – Metropolitan Opera, New York, USA) the devilishly delightful SHOCKHEADED PETER (1999 – London and internationally) and WOLVES IN THE WALLS (2007 – New Victory Theatre, New York, USA).
With her band The Lascivious Biddies the multi-talented Saskia Lane has appeared with artists as diverse as Jay-Z and Beyonce, Marc Ribot and the Kronos Quartet. Together, Julian and Saskia, who have collaborated on several Improbable Theatre productions, team up to create their first project as duo puppeteers and performers.
This production has no spoken dialogue
DURATION: 45’ SUITABLE FOR: 12+