Stephen Mottram’s Animata: ‘The Parachute’ and ‘Watch The Ball'
The Parachute is a funny and mesmerising tale about youth, love and confronting old age. With little more than an armful of white tipped wands, master-puppeteer Stephen Mottram conjures characters from nowhere. He plays with the way our brains make sense of things we see and stealthily reels us into a world of movement and illusion, populated by ephemeral, joyous figures.
Watch the Ball sends us scurrying down neural pathways old and new in a short, magical piece about the suspension of disbelief.
These two new pieces by Stephen Mottram fuse artistry with neuroscience and demonstrate the magic of puppetry as a story-telling medium. The soundscore is by Stephen’s regular collaborator, Sebastian Castagna.
Stephen Mottram has performed in more than 40 countries. A movement artist using puppets ranging from fully strung marionettes and automata, to a handful of ping pong balls, his shows are wordless, with specially composed electroacoustic music. His previous shows include The Seed Carriers, The Seas of Organillo and In Suspension.
+ Manipulation Workshop: ‘The Logic of Movement’ for adults. See website for details: Wed 4 Oct 3pm – 5pm
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- One watches Stephen Mottram in a kind of trance. He creates a little, magical world with tremendous visual impact – it has a rare and powerful beauty.” Folha de Sao Paulo
- Mottram’s work draws its inspiration from sculpture, mime and dance and its powerful atmospheric quality is totally captivating.” Plays and Players
- Mottram slinks between his creatures like a wise old cat and the magical touch of his hands gives them sudden life.” La Nacion
- tiny complete worlds full of suspense, surprise and sometimes forbeboding.” The Guardian
- Mottram takes the craft of puppetry to a level of sophistication that makes you gasp with the cleverness of it”