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Portraits in Motion

Volker Gerling


Past Event
  • About

    Intrepid traveller and passionate creator of photographic flipbooks, Volker Gerling has walked over 3,500km throughout Germany since 2003. Creating flipbook portraits of the people he meets along the way, Gerling relies on their kindness and selling the books to support himself.

    In this unassuming but beguiling performance he presents images of his portraits together with the story surrounding each encounter, and draws us in to the fragile moments that lie beneath the initial self-conscious poses. Living in the world of the selfie, this idiosyncratic, beguiling artist confronts us with our capacity for sudden deep intimacy with our fellow beings. A beautiful, communal event, resonant and unexpectedly affecting.

    Winner of the Total Theatre Award for Innovation at the 2015 Edinburgh Fringe.

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  • Credits

    Created and performed by Volker Gerling
    Presented by Aurora Nova

    Images Franz Ritschel (1,2); Volker Gerling (3)

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    Artistic Directors Neil Armfield and Rachel Healy preview Portraits in Motion


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“Art could not be quieter, simpler or more beautiful”

Tagesanzeiger Zürich

“Gerling has taken what’s generally seen as a curiosity and transformed it into spectral and moving art. His Portraits in Motion is unique, and disarminly beautiful theatre”

The Sydney Morning Herald

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