Sharmanka Kinetic Theatre

Hundreds of carved figures and pieces of old scrap perform an incredible choreography to haunting music and synchronised light, telling the funny and tragic stories of the human spirit as it struggles against the relentless circles of life and death.  A theatre with wooden puppets or a gallery with moving sculpture and live performance? At Sharmanka Kinetic Theatre it’s both but either way it’s fascinating. Based in Trongate 103, an arts centre in a repurposed Edwardian warehouse, shows involve carved grotesques bringing stories to life, aided by props made from recycled scrap, expert lighting and sympathetic music.

Russian artist Eduard Bersudsky has been making wooden figures and kinetic sculpture since the 1970s in Leningrad, now known as St Petersburg again. He began a collaboration with theatre critic and director Tatyana Jakovskaya in the late 1980s and so Sharmanka Kinetic Theatre was born. The third team member, Sergey Jakovsky, joined when he was barely in his teens to do light and sound.

Glasgow Multi-Entry Multi-Directional Visitors Guide © Simon Newbound

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