manipulate - Scotland's visual theatre and film festival, produced by Puppet Animation Scotland
An actor, a table, a camera. Dozens of objects used to design and conjure up an unusual collection of imaginary cities. Built by the actor before our eyes, each city provides a vivid potential alternative narrative about our own contemporary society and the challenges we face.
Recently for the first time in history the world’s urban population surpassed its rural population. This gradual, unstoppable shift of populations has transformed our relationship to the physical space and the people around us.
With each city acting as metaphor or symbol, CITIES offers us partial but precise X-rays of our human social organizations, revealing the various secret collective obsessions and cancers that can devour us all. This diverse collection of cities also helps us to identify and name our hopes for change and a better future.
Since 1999 leading Quebecois company La Pire Espèce has created and toured nineteen productions to great acclaim around the world, harnessing puppetry, object theatre, technology, clowning, cabaret and street theatre. This is the company’s first visit to manipulate.
This production has spoken dialogue