Simon Starling (1967-) has created a puppet theatre that is now housed in the museum’s Sculpture Street. This Sunday you can watch a puppetry performance in the small, exquisite theatre.
Starling’s work of art is a full-scale wooden replica of the puppet theatre in the Kongens Have park in Copenhagen; the original theatre can be found in one of the park’s neoclassical pavilions. Simon Starling has painstakingly replicated the delicately lovely building, complete with a stage, props, and backstage facilities.
The puppetry performance The Expedition from 2011 is produced in a style reminiscent of the puppet shows performed in the original puppet theatre in Kongens Have. We follow an adventurer as he attempts to reach New York in a canoe. The main protagonist is a puppet version of the artist himself, and the entire plot can be regarded as a kind of miniature retrospective of Starling’s entire artistic body of work.
The performance is aimed at adults. Children from the age of 3 upwards may join the adults in the audience.
The Expedition, SMK 2014
Concept and scenario: Simon Starling
Directed by: Edward Lloyd Pierce
Music by: Ole Højer Hansen
Puppeteers: Astrid Kjær Jensen, Anya Sass