The Adventures of Alvin Sputnik: Deep Sea Explorer has been on a remarkable journey, touring worldwide and consistently attracting sold-out crowds, rave reviews and prestigious awards. The “ingenious” (The Guardian UK) one-man micro-epic puppet show melds technology and multimedia into a touching story about love, loss and heroism in a post eco-apocalyptic world.
“Akin to a theatrical 'Wall-E'. ”The New York Times
Creator-performer Tim Watts employs an unique blend of mime, puppetry, live and recorded music, and animation to present an exploration of the next and oldest frontier: the deep blue sea.
The seas have risen, billions have died and those who are left live on farms atop skyscrapers, atop mountains. The scientists have tried everything. Floating islands have sunk, space probes have found nothing, and the giant sponges, visible from the moon, are rotting icons of failure. Now science and humanity are turning to the oceans themselves. A last ditch effort to save the human race requires journeying down through the mysterious depths of the deep blue sea to find a new place for us to live.
Alvin Sputnik, who has just lost his wife, accepts this perilous mission so that he may to follow her soul down to the underworld so that they can be together again once more.
The Adventures of Alvin Sputnik: Deep Sea Explorer is part of the Visions + Voices Global Performance Series highlighting international artists from a chosen locale. The series brings a global site into sharp focus with dance, circus, music, theater, film, and visual art. FIRST UP: AUSTRALIA!
IN ASSOCIATION WITH PERTH THEATRE COMPANY & WEEPING SPOON PRODUCTIONS
LEADERSHIP SUPPORT FOR NYU SKIRBALL CENTER'S VISIONS + VOICES GLOBAL PERFORMANCE SERIES PROVIDED BY PEPSI.
ADDITIONAL PROGRAM SUPPORT WAS PROVIDED BY NYU'S OFFICE OF GLOBAL PROGRAMS
Photos by Michelle Robin Anderson