Shadow Puppetry and Animation
This work was commissioned by Aberystwyth Arts Centre for their exhibition Hanes: tales, stories, legends & myths, running 15 September 2017 – 16 January 2018. The show ran across two of the arts centre’s gallery spaces, and explored three main themes, which were; Wales and Legends, Folk and Fairy Tales, and Mythology. The show features important works by internationally renowned artists David Hockney and Bedwyr Williams. A major focal point was Small World Theatre’e enormous 25 ft tall giant, Bendigeidfran that inhabited the main gallery space.
During a 2-day workshop process, Small World Theatre worked with 14 participants to update an old legend, Cantre’r Gwaelod. The group created characters and made them into beautiful shadow puppets. At the end of the making process, their story was filmed and the footage re-worked by artists Sean Vicary to create this final piece.
Dominika Chuchla, Keith Jackson, Carmel George, Elena Ippendorf, Louise Chennell, Freya Smaldon, Saran Bonser, Megan Fincham, Tamara Ford, Finley Hopson, Sophie Lewis, Leona Maglonzo, Eleonor Badillo, Naomi Vandenberg
Small World Theatre artists and facilitators
Ann Shrosbree and Bill Hamblett
Post productions and compositing
Film and photography
Peter Stacey, Peter Dennett, Adrian Wagner