”Marionettes in Motion” at Tate Modern

Some are mischievous and funny, others poignant or frightening: the Dada marionettes of Swiss artist Sophie Taeuber-Arp were made for movement and action. And yet they have been activated only a few times since their creation in 1918, spending almost one hundred years in the archives of the Museum für Gestaltung Zürich or on display as art objects in museums.

These fantastical creations of the avant-garde are now given new life at Tate Modern in the short film « Marionettes in Motion » (7 mintues, Switzerland, 2021) by Marina Rumjanzewa. 

Using performance replicas of the marionettes, the film produced by Narrative Boutique GmbH was developed on the occasion of the exhibition « Sophie Taeuber-Arp. Living Abstraction » at Kunstmuseum Basel in spring 2021, in co-production with Kunstmuseum Basel and in cooperation with the Decorative Arts Collection of the Museum für Gestaltung Zürich / ZHdK, the Department of Film and the Performing Arts / ZHdK and the Basler Marionetten Theater. 

The exhibition will open on July 15th – discover an « amuse bouche » introducing to the short film here :

«MARIONETTES IN MOTION», 2021

  • WRITER AND DIRECTION
    Marina Rumjanzewa
  • PRODUCER
    Anita Hugi
  • PUPPETEER
    Dieter Aegerter
  • LIGHT
    Alexander Schwendinger
  • CAMERA
    Laurent Stoop
  • EDITING AND SOUND DESIGN
    Brian Burman
  • LINE PRODUCER
    Louisa Schmitt
  • COORDINATOR, ZHDK FILM STUDIO
    Andreas Birkle
  • STUDIO MANAGER, ZHDK FILM STUDIO
    Marco Quandt
  • ASSISTANTS, ZHDK FILM STUDIO
    Luzian Choffat, Rosse Henderson-Cressy, Seline Imhasly, Julian Meier
  • PRODUCTION
    Narrative Boutique GmbH
  • CO-PRODUCTION
    Kunstmuseum Basel
  • COOPERATION
    Decorative Arts Collection of the Museum für Gestaltung Zürich / ZHdK, the Department of Film and the Performing Arts / ZHdK, Basler Marionetten Theater
  • CONTACT: anita@narrative.boutique

Marina Rumjanzewa is a filmmaker and writer based in Switzerland. Her works include the documentary films « Sophie Taeuber Arp – An Unknown Art Pioneer » and The Dada Principle, featured at international film festivals and on public television.

Narrative Boutique, established by Anita Hugi in 2016, creates and produces films and digital storytelling projects.

More about « Marionettes in Motion » and « Dada Dance »: www.dada-dance.com