The first set of kinemats made specifically for purposes of touring and designed to be a short show with its own story.
In Russian literature and art, the ‘hurdy-gurdy’ or organ-grinder is not simply a form of street entertainment, it is a symbol of the cycle of life – days and nights, the changing seasons, hope and despair. The photographs used in this kinemat are taken from Eduard and Tatyana’s family albums: five lives from childhood to old age.
The old Singer sewing machine is a familiar object from Eduard and Tatyana’s childhood, as it is for many Scottish people. What magic it was to see this machine turns fabric into a dress or shirt! The jolly march by Isaac Dunaevsky is from the old Russian movie ‘The Circus’
The waters are treacherous and the fish are sparse.
Welcome to the Cabaret!
SWINGING BIG BEN
Time is moved on, cheerily and cheekily by a menagerie of industrious little creatures.
Eduard met this street musician in Mannheim, Germany.
With its similar pieces of cleaning machinery – a carpet sweeper from Victorian times and Hoover parts from the 1930s, the two characters who ride this kinemat nevertheless seem completely unaware of each other.
THE BIRD’S TOWER
The old knight in the basement is guarding his treasures, keeping thieves off by ringing his loud bell. The gentle bird on the top is in doubt – should she just fly away or linger a little longer?
ETERNAL TRIANGLE OF LOVE
The jolly Harlequin and sad Pierotte – characters from Italian commedia del Arte – have been competing for the love of Columbine for so long that they have not noticed she has become Death …
TRAVELLING CIRCUS HAS VISITED…
2019 – Victoria Art Galley, Bath, England
2014 – Scottish Maritime Museum, Dumbarton, Scotland
2013 – Terryglass Art Festival, Ireland
2012 – St. Enoch’s Shopping Centre, Glasgow, Scotland
2011 – Drumchapel Shopping Centre, Glasgow, Scotland
2010 – Ross Halls, Glenrothes, Scotland
2009 – Howden Park Centre, Livingston, Scotland
2009 – “Lille 3000”, Lille, France
2009 – “Les Folies”, Maubeuge, France
2009 – London International Mime Festival, England
2009 – Oxfordshire Museum, Woodstock, England
2008 – Cleethorpes Discovery Centre, England
2008 – Gloucester Museum, England
2007 – An Tobar, Tobermory, Isle of Mull, Scotland
2007 – Croydon Museum, England
2006 – Iona Gallery, Kinguissie, Scotland
2006 – Thurso Library, Scotland
2006 – Inverness Gallery and Museum, Scotland
2006 – Falkirk Museum, Scotland
2005 – An Lanntair, Stornoway, Isle of Lewis, Scotland