" The creator is sitting at his small work table and playing with clay. What will he make this time? What life is hidden in a lump of clay? "
CLAY, PLAY AND MONKEYSHINES
The creator is sitting at his small work table and playing with clay. What will he make this time? What life is hidden in a lump of clay? Dream-like landscapes? Exotic plants? Magical creatures, monsters, fairies, gods? The creator sets to work: he cuts, kneads, slaps, knocks, digs, hits, strokes, crumbles, squeezes, forms, layers, splits, scrapes, bends, smudges, peels, scores, bores, glues… And the clay? Is it really going to put up with all that? On the other hand – if something gets broken, is it really the end of the world? Not at all!
With his painted theatre productions, Joachim Torbahn has managed to create an internationally acclaimed, innovative synthesis of visual art and theatre.
His new piece is devoted to one of humankind’s earliest means of expression: clay offers a myriad of creative possibilities and handling it is a very primal, sensuous pleasure. Whoever engages with it openly and wholeheartedlywill find themselves wrapped up in primordial stories of creation and transformation.
Thalias Kompagnons is the name of a German puppet theatre in Nuremberg, managed by the puppeteers and directors Joachim Torbahn and Tristan Vogt. Their repertoire consists of shows for both adults and children. The puppet theatre was founded in 1990 as a professional freelance touring company by the name of „Tristans Kompagnons“. In 2006 the puppeteers changed the name of the theatre to Thalias Kompagnons. From 1997 to 2008 they ran the Nuremberg „Theater der Puppen im KaLi“ in partnership with the „Theater Salz & Pfeffer“. They give guest performances all around the world, and their work has been awarded several prizes, e.g. the Preis der Stadt Nürnberg for art and science in 2008.