Whalebone for Education Groups
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26 Mar 2023 — 30 Mar 2023
|Sunday 26 March 2023 to Thursday 30 March 2023
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|Two performances daily: 9:30am – 10:30am 12:30pm – 1:30pm
|Bookings have closed.
|Recommended for primary school students, Years 1–6. All ages welcome.
A special opportunity for education groups to enjoy this engaging, quirky theatrical experience BEFORE the school holidays!
Can we save our stories when the robots arrive? And how can a whalebone help with it?
Set within a place called the 'Depository', Whalebone follows a solitary worker as he tries to safeguard human stories, memories and emotions in a data-driven world where AI and machines are going rogue, and making more and more decisions for us.
Featuring dazzling video and computer animations, flying objects and a pinch of circus, this richly visual theatrical experience takes students and teachers alike on a roller-coaster ride filled with eccentric contraptions, strange machinery and clunky inventions, including the world's first half-human juggling machine!
Perfect for primary school students of all ages, Whalebone will inspire the minds of young aspiring inventors, as well as everyone who loves stories, surprises and wonders. It will also provide an opportunity for adults and children to have conversations about the role technology plays in our lives and just what it is that makes us humans human.
Whalebone is performed by Jens Altheimer, the imaginative inventor and comedian who delighted Ipswich audiences with his previous shows Squaring the Wheel and Loose Ends.
The show runs for 60 minutes with no interval and there'll be plenty of audience participation, plus a Q & A after the show with the opportunity to check out all the contraptions!
About Jens Altheimer
Jens is a deviser, director, performer, producer, teacher and tinkerer with a strong interest in creating participatory, unusual and empowering art experiences.
Starting his career as a self-taught circus performer, Jens later trained at the Jacques Lecoq International School of Theatre in Paris. He has been working for the last 30 years as an independent artist in Europe and Australia with a body of work that includes family theatre, multidisciplinary community art projects, playful kinetic installations and circus productions.
Jens was the 2013 winner of the Adelaide Fringe Festival award for ‘Best Production for Children’ for Squaring the Wheel and was nominated for the same award in 2017 for Loose Ends.
“...full of handmade gadgets and contraptions that will leave children in awe” – The Advertiser, 'Loose Ends'
"A comical visual feast which simply has to be seen to be believed” – ArtsHub, 'Squaring the Wheel'
"...an engaging blend of skill and creativity, of energy, emotion and fun" – Brisbanekids, 'Squaring the Wheel'
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