Schweinehund is inspired by the true story of Pierre Seel, a Frenchman deported to a concentration camp on suspicion of homosexuality in 1941. Performed upon a wooden table, skeletal puppets interact with projected video-animations evoking powerful snapshots of the atrocities Seel endured juxtaposed with wistful memories of yesteryears. The haunting soundscape and absence of text make Schweinehund a powerfully moving story of love, loss and the resilience of the human spirit.
Schweinehund was initially created by Andy Gaukel as a ten-minute performance for the 2011 XPT program at the Center for Puppetry Arts in Atlanta, GA. Now a full-length piece, Schweinehund performed its world premiere in 2015 at the Festival Mondial des Théâtres de Marionnettes in Charleville-Mézières, France. In March 2017, Schweinehund had its North American premiere at Casteliers in Montreal and in May 2017 was presented at Le Mouffetard - Théâtre des arts de la marionnette in Paris as part of the BIAM (Biennale internationale des arts de la marionnette). This full-length version was developed in collaboration between Andy Gaukel and puppeteer Myriame Larose from Montréal.
Directed by Andy Gaukel
Original Idea by Andy Gaukel
Co-Devised by Andy Gaukel & Myriame Larose
Puppet Construction by Andy Gaukel, Myriame Larose & Nelson Fields
Manipulation by Myriame Larose and Andy Gaukel
Animation by Andy Gaukel
Schweinehund was developed with support from: