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Le Théâtre de L’Entrouvert: Anywhere

London International Mime Festival 2019

Oedipus, a marionette made almost entirely of ice, sets out on a redemptive voyage accompanied only by Antigone, their long passage punctuated by poetic visions of water and fire, shadow and light.

Rejected, hurt and alone, the blind king abandons his throne and takes to the road. Daughter Antigone is his guide, a puppeteer in human form dressed in a protective felt cloak. Together, as they walk across misty landscapes, his metamorphosis is conveyed by his melting physical state until, finally, they reach the crossroads of the world and he disappears from sight.

Featuring a wondrous, luminous ice puppet made anew for each performance, Anywhere is loosely based on the book Oedipus on the Road by Belgian author Henry Bauchau. Combining animated elements with ephemeral materials that transform before our eyes, Le Théâtre de L’Entrouvert have devised a show that contrasts delicacy and strength, silence and sound, to captivating effect.

Duration: 50 mins, no interval
Age guidance: 10+

Thu 24 Jan
Post-show talk

Free to same-day ticket holders

Presented by the Barbican in association with London International Mime Festival

Co-produced by Espace Jéliote scène conventionnée Arts de la Marionnette, Théâtre Gymnase-Bernardines – Marseille, TJP Centre dramatique National d’Alsace – Strasbourg, Le Théâtre Durance – Scène conventionnée à Château-Arnoux, 3bisf-lieu d’arts contemporains – Aix-en-Provence and International Festival of Puppets – Charleville-Mézières

This visit to London is supported by Institut français du Royaume-Uni


‘The design of the show, the puppet and its realisation are pure genius‘ (France)
‘This is true art‘
Télérama (France)

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