Sven Werner: Tales of Magical Realism

“as many shades of Freud as there are of David Lynch in an elaborate immersive experience that draws you further and further in” Neil Cooper, Map Magazine (Sonica 2012)

“absorbing, mentally and physically…the magical story and the involvement and interaction with beautiful machinery, left us wishing that it was longer” Art Wednesday (Norfolk & Norwich Festival 2013)

A mysterious door. You look through the peephole. Suddenly you’re sitting in an old train carriage, rattling through the night… Tales of Magical Realism is a site-specific and immersive performance work, based on film-maker Sven Werner’s feature film, Oculista. Tales takes the audience, one by one, on an illusion-filled sonic journey through 12 rooms in the Small Animal Hospital at Summerhall.

The story unfolds in vaudevillian style through a series of miniature peepshows composed like film scenes, accompanied by a soundtrack heard through individual headsets. The action can only be viewed with the participation of the audience, who physically propel the narrative forward through the winding mechanisms at each viewing station. Sven Werner is a film-maker, pianist, composer and installation artist, and Director of Outland Productions. He has duel Luxembourgish and German nationality and lives in Glasgow.

Tales of Magical Realism was commissioned by Cryptic for Sonica 2012, a programme dedicated to world-class sonic arts. It has been selected as part of the Made In Scotland showcase and the British Council’s Edinburgh Showcase for international promoters at the Edinburgh Fringe.

Duration 12 August 2013 - 25 August 2013
Times Times: 15.00, 15.30, 16.00, 16.30, 17.00, 17.30, 18.00, 18.30, 19.00, 19.30, 20.00.
Cost £14/£9
Venue Summerhall
Address 1 Summerhall Edinburgh EH9 1PL, ,
Contact Box Office: 0845 874 3001 / /

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