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Portraits In Motion | Volker Gerling (Germany)

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Portraits In Motion | Volker Gerling (Germany)

Date: 01 Mar 2016 - 06 Mar 2016
Time: Tue to Sat at 8pm, Sun 5pm
Price: $35 Full / $26 Conc, Under 30, Groups 8+ [plus $2.50 booking fee per ticket]

Presented by: Theatre Works presents Portraits In Motion
By Volker Gerling (Germany)
An Aurora Nova production

As part of the Festival of Live Art 2016

'Never judge a book by its cover' is particularly true of the humble flip book which isn't even a book but rather a primitive form of miniature movie. The German word for flip book: Daumenkino, literally thumb cinema, seems a more fitting term.

Volker Gerling is a passionate creator of flip books and an intrepid traveller. Since 2003 he has walked over 3,500km throughout his native Germany, inviting people to visit his travelling thumb cinema exhibition and creating flip book portraits of the people he meets along the way.

In the show, Portraits in Motion, Gerling shows the audience a selection of his favourite flip books by holding each one under a video camera so that its moving images are projected onto a large screen. In a series of enchanting and precious moments the people he photographed come to life on screen as he shares the heart-warming and moving stories behind each image.

'His show is uniquely heart-warming' - The Times

'These miniature stories rinse your eyes like spring water' - The Sunday Times

'In Volker Gerling's tiny flipbooks, great things emerge from small candid portraits of strangers that offer fascinating glimpses into the human soul' - Broadway Baby

'Each year, the Fringe throws up curios like this: little gems that let you see the world a little differently. Just delightful' - What's on Stage

WINNER: Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2015 - Total Theatre Award for Innovation, Experimentation and Playing with Form

Duration: 75 minutes

Artistic Team
Creator and Performer: Volker Gerling

Visit Volker Gerling's Flip book Cinema

The Festival of Live Art has been supported by the City of Port Phillip through the Cultural Development Fund.

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