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


A person stands in a dark room surrounded by technical equipment. A swirling purple and green line is projected before them on a screen.

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 bright lights and projections. 

Age guidance: 12+

Post-show talk (BSL-interpreted)
Thu 15 Feb

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.

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‘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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