Rusty Nails
& Other Heroes

Rusty Nails & Other Heroes

Visual poetry with found objects

Roestige Spijkers & Andere Helden is een prijswinnende live animatievoorstelling.
Twee spelers bewegen gebruiken gevonden voorwerpen als acteurs en decors door ze onder een videocamera te animeren.
Zo komen onbeduidende vindsels die ergens lagen te slingeren tot leven.
Dingen die te waardeloos zijn om zelfs maar weg te gooien.
Het publiek ziet zowel de spelers achter hun animatietafel bezig als het resultaat daarvan: verrassende beelden op een grootbeeld TV of geprojecteerd op een grootbeeld scherm.
De film en de making of tegelijkertijd.

An award winning poetic visual performance that takes you to another world. A world of metamorphosis, where nothing is what it seems, and everything can become something else.
Right before the eyes of the audience worthless finds, picked up from street corners and rescued from the gutter change into actors in a visual performance.
Players slide an old cardboard under a camera and on the horizon a desert appears.
A rusty saw plays the sea.
Maple seeds become gentle birds and old working gloves an endless swamp.
A mother turns into a landscape.
Sun becomes moon.
Omnipresent is the enchanting music that pulls the viewer into the story.
Text is superfluous.
Everyone can make his own story in his own head.
It is theatre that works as a charger for the imagination, so don’t forget to take it with you !

Found objects and animation
In this performance two performers use found objects as actors and sets by manipulating them under a video camera. A new life for insignificant found objects which have been lying around somewhere. Things too useless to even throw away.
The audience sees both the players behind their animation table and the result: surprising images projected on a large screen. It is the performance and the making-of at the same time, with sometimes also the bloopers incorporated.

International succes
This performance was already performed on festivals for visual theatre and visual art in The Netherlands, Switzerland, Belgium, Czech republic, Taiwan, Austria and Poland. And we continue with Norway, Macau, Germany, Denmark, France and England. With some options for even more countries!

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target audience:

There are several versions, some only for adults, others for family audiences (parents with children from 6 years old) School shows are possible but only after mutual consultation.

practical information

There are 4 different basic versions of this performance. The duration can be 20 minutes, 35 minutes, 55 minutes or 70 minutes.
The performance is technically autonomous and can be performed in the theater or on location.
Contact us for more information.


Download the technical rider of the standard version here (PDF)
Please contact us for the riders of other versions.


Developped and performed by: Gérard Schiphorst and Marije van der Sande 
Music composition and soundtrack: Gérard Schiphorst (tango: Oleg Fateev >)
Third eye: Jeroen van Westen >
Artistic advisors:  Henk Boerwinkel > and Aus Greidanus Sr. >
Technical assistant: Bert Nijmeijer

thanks to
This project was made possible by: City of Deventer, Province of Overijssel