Manipulate launches 2016 programme

Manipulate launches 2016 programme

credit: Editta Braun

Premieres and new productions aplenty at the festival of visual theatre and film

International festival of visual theatre and film, manipulate, has launched its programme for 2016, which features its usual strong contingent of Scottish work, as well as one world premiere, one European premiere, and two UK theatrical premieres with productions from Austria, Canada, Cyprus, England, Russia and America.

The UK premiere of Close Up, the third part in a trilogy including Luvos and Planet Luvos, is set to open this year's festival. The production from the Austrian editta braun company features a combination of dance, visual theatre and live music, 'in which female bodies become contorted until they are no longer recognisable'.

Other festival highlights include aerial theatre piece LoopsEnd from Paper Doll Militia, which explores the dynamics of a quirky ensemble, The Table from Fringe First-winning company Blind Summit which sees a cardboard-headed puppet tell an epic story about God, Moses, life and death, and Théâtre Incliné's Threads, which explores the primal connection between mother and daughter.

There's also the European premiere of Birdheart from world-renowned artists Julian Crouch & Saskia Lane, and Gobo. Digital Glossary, which has been described as 'an exploration of humanity's powerlessness in the face of the chaos of existence'.

In addition to a strong performance-led programme, there will also be a two-day Emergent Theatre Conference, featuring ten theatre makers from across Europe, focusing on the challenges facing emerging artists today.

This year's festival, which is headed by Puppet Animation Scotland, sees the festival extend its reach. In addition to working in established venues such as The Traverse (Edinburgh), The Lemon Tree (Aberdeen) and Norwich Puppet Theatre, there are two new venues for 2016: the Little Angel Theatre in London and Dance Base in Edinburgh, which is currently the National Centre for Dance in Scotland.

manipulate, Fri 29 Jan–Sat 6 Feb 2016, various venues, Scotland and England.