THAT uses light and video technology as abstract puppetry THIS investigates hand shadows.
THAT paints with light and imagines the creation of the universe.
THIS is about the people in it as it follows characters as they explore various feelings, their romantic sense of longing, loss, alienation and near miss.
THAT uses cameras, projectors and tripods that come to life by being operated. Zooming in and out, maneuvering visual feedback loops, dissolving images together and apart – creating an abstract video puppetry right in front of our eyes.
THIS tells stories about loss and love. These are born as the characters in Chinese shadows appear: a cowboy sleeps under the stars, a family puts their child to sleep for the night, a crooner serenades his lover, a jazz pianist fantasizes while he plays.
THAT is inspired by Basil Twists’ Symphony Fantastique.
THIS brings to life characters inspired by the sculptures of Henri Moore.
Steven Wendt is the main performer of the piece. He manipulates on sight and live the different objects that inhabit the stage. Phil Soltanoff on the side, mixes the sounds and orchestrates the music. The audience observes the creation of each event and becomes the witness of the acts and gestures of the artist caught on the spot, sometimes in struggle, sometimes inspired.
Dream-like, we witness the puppeteer searching to make and discover meaning and beauty.
“Through extensive research, intense collaboration, questioning and ongoing serious play, Phil Soltanoff is committed to exploring what is possible in the living space called theatre. Harnessing and recombining elements of dance, new media, puppetry, circus, lo-fi technology, visual and sound art, he constructs rigorous and innovative performances through juxtaposition. Avoiding psychological realism, embracing the abstract power of theatre, and exploring the “facts” or realities of a performer, an object, a space, Soltanoff does nothing less than reawaken the everyday and its conversation with the ‘infinite.”
Alpart Awards, The Herb
Phil Soltanoff is the recipient of 2020 Alpert Award Theatre
Co-writing by Phil Soltanoff and Steven Wendt
Performed by Steven Wendt
Directed by Phil Soltanoff
Produced by The Institute of Useless Activity
Coproduced by The Bushwick Starr
With the support of The Jim Henson Foundation
Executive producer of tour (outside the US) : Compagnie 111 – Aurélien Bory
Visual theater for all audience
Running time : 60 minutes without intermission