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.
|29 February 2020||The Assembly of Animals||The Tolmen Centre||Constantine, Falmouth|
|14 August 2019||The Assembly of Animals||LasFest||Bialystok|
|29–30 September 2018||The Assembly of Animals||Westfluegel||Leipzig|
|21 January 2018||The Assembly of Animals||Junges Nationaltheater, Imaginale||Mannheim|
|20 May 2017||The Assembly of Animals||Internationales Figurentheater Festival||Erlangen|
|2–4 December 2016||The Assembly of Animals||Pesta Boneka Festival||Yogyakarta|
|29–30 November 2016||The Assembly of Animals||NuArt Sculpture Park||Bandung|
|26–27 November 2016||The Assembly of Animals||Komunitas Salihara||Jakarta|
|22–23 November 2016||The Assembly of Animals||Ladang Tari Nan Jombang||Padang|
|24–25 September 2016||The Assembly of Animals||LLAWN||Llandudno|
|14–15 May 2016||The Assembly of Animals||FIMFA Festival, Teatro Maria Matos||Lisbon|
|5–8 May 2016||The Assembly of Animals||Macau Arts Festival||Macau|
|29–30 April 2016||The Assembly of Animals||Culture Station Seoul284|
|13–14 February 2016||The Assembly of Animals||Mini Vault Festival||London|
|30–31 January 2016||The Assembly of Animals||Mini Vault Festival||London|
|23–29 August 2015||The Assembly of Animals||Small Animal Hospital, Summerhall||Edinburgh|
|30 November – 2 December 2014||The Assembly of Animals||Centre Chorégraphique National de Rillieux-la-Pape||Rillieux-la-Pape|
|21–23 November 2014||The Assembly of Animals||TJP Strasbourg||Strasbourg|
|1–2 November 2014||The Assembly of Animals||The Egg||Bath|
|28 October 2014||The Assembly of Animals||STUK||Leuven|
|12 October 2014||The Assembly of Animals||Cambridge Junction||Cambridge|
|24–25 May 2014||The Assembly of Animals||Mayfest||Bristol|