Bottom Feeders – The Battle of the Cataplasm, Episode 3

Hand puppet play


Flavio Merlo and Ben Rosenthal are the recipients of the Kadist – Kunsthalle Zürich Production Award, offered for the third time to young Swiss artists by the Kadist Art Foundation and Kunsthalle Zürich. Merlo and Rosenthal utilized this grant to conceive and realize Bottom Feeders – The Battle of the Cataplasm, a puppet play staging a crime plot for ten puppets and three stages.

For the third episode all of the puppets, actors (Annina Machaz, Garrett Nelson), and stages are leaving their more or less habitual arrangement in order to unfurl their true talents in an exuberant variety show. The malicious sausage machine blends together performative positions, musical extras overrule narrative norms, and even arm-wrestling won’t decide the battle of the cataplasm.