Sharmanka Kinetic Theatre
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- Website: www.sharmanka.com
Sharmanka's kinetic sculptures come to life with a magical music and light show to accompany the mechanical wonder. Buy a ticket for a long or short performance, or view the sculptures at rest in the gallery at any other time. Ages 5+.
Sharmanka Kinetic Theatre is a unique moving sculpture gallery, situated in Glasgow’s creative hub at Trongate103. The artist, Eduard Bersudsky, creates kinetic sculptures and presents them to audiences as a mechanical ballet – in which dancing shadows and expressive soundtracks accompany the movement of machines made from old industrial scrap and intricately carved wooden figures. They reflect Eduard’s life in Russia and in Scotland, his experiences, influences and friends. They are arresting, serious, rich in myth and have a wicked sense of humour.
'Entering Sharmanka is like walking into someone’s brain and seeing all the brain cells working at the same time, not just the wheels of thoughts going round but the countless images that spark from each one: the dreams and the nightmares of a dark subconscious exposed to your gaze.' – The Best Art You’ve Never Seen: Rough Guide
'Every time you look at this piece you will see something different'– Scotland Recommends: The Word of Mouth Guide to Scotland
'Loved it!'– Billy Connolly, Sharmanka visitor book
'I envy Scotland its priceless mechanical playhouse.' – Simon Callow
Free access to view sculptures in the gallery between shows.
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Reviews & features
Sharmanka Kinetic Theatre20 Aug 2012
Eduard Bersudsky's home-made theatre is a feast for the eyes and a window onto another world
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