With a programme of performances from Austria, Canada, Cyprus, England, Russia and USA as well as plenty of home grown talent, MANIPULATE 2016 was bursting with world-class visual theatre and animated film. We were delighted to host old friends, Blind Summit, with their internationally acclaimed, multi-award winning performance The Table – table-top puppet Moses caused havoc and hilarity for audiences in the Traverse’s main performance space. We also welcomed Julian Crouch and Saskia Lane to the festival whose performance sold out so quickly we were able to programme a second, impromptu performance for those who didn’t get tickets the first time around.
For the first time, in 2016, MANIPULATE hosted the British Animation Awards, which focus on the best of contemporary animated film in the UK, as well as a two day Emergent Theatre Conference during which new theatre makers from across Europe will debate the particular challenges they face while attempting to establish themselves professionally.
One of MANIPULATE’s key roles, through our SNAPSHOTS: ARTISTS@WORK series, is to help nurture the development of new Scottish work. In 2016 we were able to provide a platform for leading artists such as Al Seed, Laura Cameron-Lewis and Shone Reppe to present a flavour of their different current explorations and experiments. We look forward to seeing those ideas grow and develop – perhaps they will come back to MANIPULATE in 2017.
In 2017 we celebrate our 10th birthday, so please stay tuned and join us next year!