“Visually stunning, artistically inspired … physical theatre of the very highest standard. 
The Stage
“The most astounding hour you are ever likely to spend in a theatre”
Daily Post
“Physical Theatre of the highest class” 
Wupperguide, Germany


Anima was commissioned by the Liverpool Culture Company, and was part of the Artistic Programme for Liverpool 08 – Capital of Culture.

Based on the world of dreams, Anima explores the distorted dynamics between the conscious and subconscious, revealing the conflict and harmony within all of us. By turns, deeply disturbing, humorous, poetic and moving, Anima takes the audience on a surreal, thought provoking, and emotional journey.

Using Tmesis Theatre’s trademark physicality and a stunning mix of lighting, projection, aerial elements and an original soundtrack, this unique production is an evocative theatrical experience not to be missed. Tmesis Theatre’s third production follows successful European tours of previous shows, Tmesis and Memento Mori and completes the trilogy on life’s journey.


Originally Devised by: Tmesis Theatre and Tanya Khabarova (Derevo)

Directed by: Malou Airaudo (Pina Bausch Tanztheatre) and Tmesis Theatre 

Dramaturgy and Direction of Anima’s Preview: Christos Papadopoulos

Performed by: Yorgos Karamalegos and Elinor Randle

Lighting Design and Projections: Phil Saunders and Tmesis Theatre 

Costume/Set Design and Costume Making: Kevin Pollard (Shockheaded Peter/ Phillip Glass)

Music: Vergil Sharkya

Construction: Sam Kent/Justin Breman