Hänsel und Gretel


Manual Cinemaʼs adaptation of Engelbert Humperdinck’s Hansel & Gretel is a cinematic shadow puppetry performance created with overhead projectors and live costumed actors in silhouette, and designed to be performed along with the full score of Humperdinck’s 1893 opera score Hansel & Gretel.

Hänsel und Gretel premiered at La Monnaie De Munt, Brussels December 15 – 22, 2015


Cast changes periodically, please confirm cast before any publication (Shelby@manualcinema.com)

Lizi Breit (Dew Fairy)
Sam Deutsch (Mother/Sandman)
Sarah Fornace (Gretel)
Ben Kauffman
Dan Kerr-Hobert (Father/Witch)
Julia Miller (Hansel)
Kyle Vegter

Puppet Design: Drew Dir and Lizi Breit
Costume Design: Mieka van der Ploeg
Mask Design: Julia Miller

Production Manager: Mike Usrey
Music Direction: Lothar Koenigs
Live projections: Manual Cinema
Conductor of Children’s Chorus: Denis Menier

Dietrich Henschel (Father)
Natascha Petrinsky (Mother)
Gaëlle Arquez (Hänsel)
Talia Or (Gretel)
Georg Nigl (Witch)
Ilse Eerens (Sandman/Dew Fairy)

Orchestra: La Monnaie Symphony Orchestra
Chorus: La Monnaie Children Choir, La Maîtrise

Photos by Bernard Coutant for La Monnaie


“ingenious and mesmerising”
NICHOLAS LEWIS, The Word December, 2015

“absolutely remarkable”
THIBAUT RADOMME, Ru Du Theatre December 2015

An interview with Artistic Director Sarah Fornace about the project, BRUZZ December 2015