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I in Wonderland

An Adventurous Journey with Animated Film and Theater for small and big audience

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!!! Performance is in German. For English speaking guests, we provide printed translation at the start of the show. !!!

post theater presents “I in Wonderland”
as part of the 21st International Festival for Animated Film, Stuttgart
at the City Library of Stuttgart, Mailänder Platz

Family version (for persons age 6 and older)
Friday, April 25th, 2014 - from 3:00 to 5:30 pm every 30 minutes
Saturday, April 26th, 2014 - from 3:00 pm to 5:3pm0 every 30 minutes*
* performance length: about 1 hour. Shows start at 3:00, 3:30, 4:00, 4:30, 5:00, 5:30 pm

Adult version (children still welcome)
Friday, April 25th, 2014 - from 6:00 to 8:30 pm every 30 minutes
Saturday, April 26th, 2014 - from 6:00 to 8:30 pm every 30 minutes**
** performance length: about 1 hour. Shows start at 6:00, 6:30, 7:00, 7:30, 8:00, 8:30 pm

Stadtbibliothek Stuttgart
Mailänder Platz 1
70173 Stuttgart

It is highly recommended to make a reservation:

Team & Partners

Idea / concept / stories  Hiroko Tanahashi
Artistic direction   Hiroko Tanahashi, Max Schumacher
Animation artists Johannes Krohn, Kerstin Ungers, Silvia Sardellaro
Dramaturgy Max Schumacher
Sound design/music Sibin Vassilev
Voice actors Matthias Horn, Ilka Teichmüller, Alexander Schröder
Installation Helmut Dietz, Jasper Diekamp
Production management Mario Stumpfe

“I in Wonderland” is funded by the cultural department oft he City of Stuttgart, the LAFT Baden-Württemberg / State of Baden Württemberg, Fonds Darstellende Künste (Federal Foundation for Performing Arts).
Advisory Partner: Junges Ensemble Stuttgart / Brigitte Dethier.

The project has been realized within Hiroko Tanahashi’s fellowship at the Akademie Schloss Solitude.

All photos by: Frank Kleinbach

„I in Wonderland“ is a combination of a theater performance, installation art and animated film. Media artist Hiroko Tanahashi has researched classic illustrated stories - such as „Alice in Wonderland“ and „The Wizard of Oz“ - and then conceived her own visual stories. She then commissioned three animation film artists to make visual interpretations of her texts and sketches. These animators were also asked to create their animation films for very unusual rooms / installations. The audience eventually is guided by a performer to discover animated films in a bathing tub, a surround-video panorama or on the ceiling above a bed.
“I in Wonderland” is an immersive experience for a very small audience - in order to create a truly unique and memorable performance. post theater brings their quest to blend space, video and theater on yet a higher level - for the first time also targeting children as additional audience. Many aspects of the piece address the cultural knowledge of adults that might evade the children’s attention. Yet, the little ones can truly and innocently enjoy the performance as well. The general mood of the piece might be unusually ambivalent and not only happy - but the feedback from adults and children alike was overwhelmingly positive. It seems to be possible to create theater for an intergenerational audience - that does challenge and reward everyone.



At first the audience meets a fish who tells them why they are there: A little boy with a great sense of imagination is lost in his own fantasies and does not wake up any more. Only thing that can help the boy wake up is to have people share his stories and be enchanted by them.

So the audience ventures on a journey into the boy’s mind, travelling into his stories. Their guide is a fish-head, a creature with the head of a fish and a body of a man. He silently shows the audience to different rooms with different stories, just showing them brief sentences on a number of black boards.

First Story: Under Milkwater

Little Matz is a wild boy who plays hard with his toys when taking a bath. Suddenly he notices that his rubber toy, Mother Goose, is not there any more - the little rubber duckies tell Matz that the pirate Capitan Cook has robbed her and is about to eat her. So Matz chases the pirate with his toy boat to the South Pacific, encountering all kinds of obstacles. (Animation: Johannes Krohnn)

Second Story: Fishhead Mr. Chips

Mr. Chips is a “fishhead” and works as a fish-performer in an aquarium. “Real” fish seem to be extinct in the near future - due to environmental pollution. When he meets Skip who claims to be a “real”fish never the less, Chip’s believes are shaken. Maybe it is possible to escape the aquarium and venture for the real ocean… (Animation: Silvia Sardellaro)

Third Story: Around the World

Two mole-children, Max and Moritz, dream of traveling the world. One day Moritz has vanished - as it turns out to New York. Max wants to meet his best friend, overcomes his anxieties, and digs his way through the earth to New York. By then, Moritz has already crawled to Rio, Kyoto… will Max ever catch up before the world will be hit by a huge meteorite? (Animation: Kerstin Ungers)

Fourth Story: Henry

Maria is sick in bed. She wishes so bad for being healthy again and go to her ballet classes! One night, a horse car with four dwarfs breaks accidentally through her ceiling. The dwarfs are circus artists who introduce their star Henry, the dancing horse. A strange magic happens when Henry dances for Maria…
(Animation: Johannes Krohnn)

The connecting narrative - the story about waking the little boy from his being-lost in his imagination - comes to a happy end. Each audience member receives a personal letter from the little boy, thanking the audience for paying attention to his stories and reminding him of how important experiences in real life are in order to enrich his imagination.

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