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Eye at Trouw

The Quay Brothers

Eye at Trouw

04-12-2013 | 11.35

On December 20, 21, 27 and 28th we will present a screening in De Hal of the extraordinary work of the Quay Brothers. These American identical twins have built up an enigmatic and dark body of work that includes stop-motion animation, drawings, and performing arts productions.

The Brothers Quay’s universe is filled with strange and curious scenarios about life and death. Their films are packed with literary references, such as Street of Crocodiles, which was chosen by Terry Gilliam as one of the ten best animated films of all time. Like alchemists, the Quay Brothers breathe new life into their collections of curiosa and inanimate materials. 

The Brothers have a keen interest in Central and Eastern European culture from the last century: Polish, Czech and Russian filmmakers such as Walerian Borowczyk, Ladislas Starewicz and Jan Švankmajer, Franz Kafka, Bruno Schulz and Swiss writer Robert Walser. Since 1979, the Quay Brothers have integrated all of these influences into their own animated films, for which they design all the sets, create the characters, make the figures and develop their semi-mechanical movements, do the lighting, camera work, and editing – in sum: they do it all. They collaborated with choreographers and composers to develop theatre, dance and opera projects.

At EYE at Trouw, we'll be showing one of their newest works Hopscotch (2012), in which images from their career are projected beside a grove of birch trees.