Animalists

based on an idea by Frank Soehnle | first release
puppet theatre for 12 year olds and older | duration: 55 minutes
director and stage design: Frank Soehnle
puppets: Kathrin Sellin
costumes: Mila van Daag
music and sound: Johannes Frisch
cast: Kathrin Blüchert, Maria-Elisabeth Wey, Heinrich Bennke, Tomas Mielentz, Maurice Voß

Metamorphosis on the red sofa with live music and sounds, loop station and without words

“The Animal is the Other within us”, according to Georges Bataille. In Darmstadt around 1930, the artists’ collective “Die Animalisten” wanted to overcome the beast in human nature. This concept inspired Theater Waidspeicher to produce this bizarre-theatrical experiment by Frank Soehnle.
Five animalistic animal-friends are on search for their animal ego where they find something mysterious and unexpected. Where does the animal begin, where does the human end and what fits in between? The question why we so easily accept what is alien in the animal will give us cause to think with all the panting, howling and stroking on a red sofa.

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