On 23 November 2018 join us at West Bromwich Town Hall for Portraits in Motion, a performance by Volker Gerling. Winner of the Total Theatre Award for Innovation, Experimentation & Playing with Form at Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2015, Volker Gerling is a passionate creator of flipbooks and of the film form he calls Daumenkino – literally ‘thumb-cinema’. Since the summer of 2002 he has walked over 3,500km throughout Germany, inviting people to visit his travelling Flipbook exhibition and creating flipbook portraits of some of the people he meets along the way. Open the book, flip its pages, and you’ll see a miniature film that captures a moment in time.
He now performs live across the world, recounting his conversations with the people in the books who have shared their stories with him while he leafs through the flipbooks under a video camera that projects onto a screen – flipbooks become flipbook cinema. In a series of enchanting and precious moments the people he photographed come to life on screen as he shares the heart-warming and moving stories behind each encounter.
Multistory invited Volker to walk across the six towns of Sandwell for several visits over a two-year period starting in 2016. He photographed the people that he met and talked to along the way and has created flipbooks of some of them that he will perform live in West Bromwich – a gentle meeting of cinema, photography and story.
“When I was invited to do a flipbook project in Sandwell it was the first time that I was walking for a longer time with my hawker’s tray somewhere on the streets outside the German speaking area. It was very surprising for me how open and curious the people in Sandwell reacted to me and my flipbooks. There was much less fear of contacting strangers or approaching the unknown than in Germany. The people here have a real interest for other people and their stories.” Volker Gerling
Please note: Free but ticketed. Tickets must be booked for this performance to gain entry and they are limited to two per person. Doors open at 6 pm with the performance starting at 6.30 pm prompt. Book your tickets here.