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Phil Soltanoff/Steven Wendt/Cie 111: This & That


A person stands in a room with a lot of technical equipment around them. Their arm is projected onto a large screen with lots of light.

Meet cowboys, pianists, disco-dancers and more in this playful shadow puppetry performance about the universe and everybody in it from an award-winning duo that will fill you with wonder.  

Shadow puppetry, animation, music and projection combine as one performer manipulates objects live on stage, while another mixes atmospheric sounds and orchestrates live music. Observe the creation of each event, act and gesture on the spot in this dream-like production, which puts its creators' search to make and discover meaning and beauty on show.  

Directed and performed by New York-based Phil Soltanoff and Steven Wendt, This & That embraces the pair’s explorative approach to performance-making. 

Running time: 1 hour, no interval

This production contains flashing lights, short periods of strobing and sudden loud noises. 

This production will include a short period during the incoming where the audience will be filmed and projected onto the screen. This will last about 15 minutes before the show starts. This is not recorded or archived and is purely a live feed. If you have any questions, please ask a member of staff. 

Age guidance: 12+

Post-show talk (BSL-interpreted)
Thu 15 Feb
Phil Soltanoff and Steven Wendt in conversation, hosted by Joseph Seelig and BSL-interpreted by Samuel Rojas.

Members event: Puppets in Theatre – Bringing New Life to the Stage
Tue 13 Feb
Discover more about the imaginative art of puppetry at this MimeLondon in-conversation event with Basil Twist and Phelim McDermott, facilitated by Cheryl Henson. Free for Members


Presented by the Barbican in association with MimeLondon.

Produced by The Institute of Useless Activity with co-production by The Bushwick Starr and delegated production (outside US) by Compagnie 111 – Aurélien Bory, with the support of The Jim Henson Foundation and the Alpert Award for Theatre 2020.

Images by Maya Sharpe, Brian Rogers and Steven Wendt.


‘A welcome gust of weird and adventures in shadow puppetry‘
The New York Times
‘Wordless light and carefree…utterly convincing‘
The New Yorker


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