“A stunning work of Art” — The New York Times
“A visual and atmospheric masterpiece” Scenekunst

NYU Skirball and Under the Radar Festival present Moby Dick, an adaptation of Herman Melville’s mythical work, halfway between theater and puppet show, featuring seven actors, fifty puppets, video projections, a drowned orchestra and a whale-sized whale.  Yngvild Aspeli stages this visual adaptation of Melville’s wonderful beast of a book, from the Norwegian theater company Plexus Polaire.

An ancient white whale, a captain steering his ship into destruction, and the inner storms of the human heart. Moby Dick is the tale of a whaling expedition, but also the story of an obsession or an investigation into the unexplained mysteries of life. 

Recommended for ages 6+

Yngvild Aspeli, Artistic director of Plexus Polaire, develops a visual world that brings our most buried feelings to life. The use of life-sized puppets is at the center of her work, but the actors’ performances, the presence of the music and the use of light and video are all equal elements in communicating the story. plexuspolaire.com  


  • All audience members must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and receive a COVID-19 booster shot to enter the theater.
  • You may be asked to show proof of being fully vaccinated and boosted with an FDA-authorized or WHO-listed vaccine upon entry. Please be prepared to show proof of vaccination & booster with your photo ID if asked. Members of the NYU Community may gain entry by showing a VIOLET GO pass.
  • It is strongly recommended that audience members wear a well-fitted mask while in the theater.

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Yngvild Aspeli Director and Puppet Maker
Andreu Martinez Costa Performer
Ane Marthe Sørlien Holen Musician
Anne-Laure Doucet Administration
Benjamin Moreau Costume Designer
Benoît Seguin Assistant Director
Claire Costa Production Director and Tour Booking
Cristina Iosif Performer
Daniel Collados Performer
David Lejard-Ruffet Video Designer
Elisabeth Holager Lund Scenographer
Elise Nicod Puppet Maker
Emilie Delforce Video Technician
Gaedig Bonabesse Tour Administrator
Guro Skumsnes Moe Musician
Havard Skaset Musician
Laëtitia Labre Performer
Madeleine Barosen Herholdt Performer
Manon Dublanc Puppet Maker
Margot Boche Stage Technician
Noémie Jorez Producer
Pauline Thimonnier Dramaturg
Polina Borisova Puppet Maker
Raphaël Barani Sound Technician
Sébastien Puech Puppet Maker
Viktor Lukawski Performer
Vincent Loubière Lighting Designer and Technician
Xavier Lescat Lighting Designer
Julian Spooner Performer


This project was made possible in part with funding from the Norwegian Consulate General in New York. 
Norwegian Consulate General New York



NYU Skirball’s presenting programs are made possible with support from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature; and by Howard Gilman Foundation; FACE Contemporary Theater and FUSED (French U.S. Exchange in Dance), programs of FACE Foundation in partnership with Villa Albertine; General Delegation of the Government of Flanders to the USA; Collins Building Services; Marta Heflin Foundation; Harkness Foundation for Dance; Mertz Gilmore Foundation; as well as our valued donors through memberships, commissioning, and Stage Pass Fund support.

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Photo: Christophe Raynaudde Lage
Photo: Christophe Raynaudde Lage
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Photo: Ådne M Gulbrandsen
Photo: Christophe Raynaudde Lage
Photo: Christophe Raynaudde Lage
Photo: Christophe Raynaudde Lage
Photo: Christophe Raynaudde Lage
Photo: Christophe Raynaudde Lage
Photo: Christophe Raynaudde Lage

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