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The Assembly of Animals

Tim Spooner

The Assembly of Animals. Artwork by Tim Spooner.

The Assembly of Animals is a performed sculpture which combines puppets, objects and scientific demonstrations.

Children and adults alike are invited to witness the inner workings of a laboratory as it searches for life in material.

A series of red curtains are drawn to reveal an intricate sequence of operations  bringing to life a fragile universe of animals within animals. At the centre of it all is the shape of the animal: a head, a body and four legs. The shape gets taken apart, enlarged, shrunk, rearranged into different versions and stretched to the edges of recognition.

“The Assembly of Animals demands your utmost attention even if you have no idea what is happening, and gains the hushed respect a museum of odd, but precious, things deserves. Absolutely fascinating, undeniably bonkers.”

Flossie Waite, Children’s Theatre Review

“It was really refreshing to expose my young daughter to something so mysterious and visually stimulating as opposed to so much of the saccharin rubbish she has to put up with most of the time.”

Parent of young audience member

Adaptable to different contexts, this unique work has been seen in theatres, galleries and festivals both in the UK, Europe and Asia. Suitable for ages 3 upwards. Duration 30 minutes.

Produced by Artsadmin for Bamboo supported through the EU Culture Programme.
Co-produced by TJP-Centre Dramatique National d’Alsace-Strasbourg. Funded by the National Lottery through Arts Council England. Additional support from Cambridge Junction.

Date and time

30 November – 2 December 2014

Please note
This is now a past event.


Centre Chorégraphique National de Rillieux-la-Pape