Victoria Thierrée Chaplin

Victoria Thierrée Chaplin

Bells and Spells

Aurélia Thierrée

with Jaime Martinez

Internationally renowned Bells and Spells, created by Victoria Thierrée Chaplin and starring Aurelia Thierree, draws on the magic of physical theatre, illusions, object manipulation and the power of dance.

Delightfully deft blend of surreal humour and unpredictability
The Times ★★★★

A must-see
London Theatre ★★★★★

Circus, magic, dance and cabaret collide
The Guardian

The performance is sold out. Unclaimed tickets reserved for the show will be released on Saturday at 18:30. These tickets will be available at the ticket office of the National Theatre (open on Saturday from 11 am to 7 pm). The address of the ticket office is Läntinen teatterikuja 1D, street level.

Bells and Spells follows Aurelia Thierrée’s peculiar journey as an incurable kleptomaniac who is at the mercy of the objects that she steals. A coat hanger starts to walk, chairs and a table slide and slip away, while a wall opens up to reveal a pair of dancers, and a dress suddenly takes on a life of its own.

Using ethereal imagery and unpredictable props, this enchanting piece of physical theatre blends the wonderful with the strange. Neither logic, reason nor seriousness has a voice as Aurelia Thierrée and dancer Jaime Martinez guide you through a story which combines surreal humour and a sense of magic.

The performance cracks open a door into the magical and poetical; a world full of illusion and whimsical humour, where it’s completely for the furniture to have their own will, the walls are alive and coathangers grow into dragons.

The performance in Finland is supported by:

Running time 70 min
Location & accessibility Finnish National Theatre
Age recommendation 10 +
Tickets 42/38/35/30 €, family ticket (2+2): 125€, friend ticket (5 people for the price of 4): 168€
Sat 18.5. at 19:00


Conceived and directed by:

Victoria Thierrée Chaplin


Aurélia Thierrée


Jaime Martinez

Set and costume design:

Victoria Thierrée Chaplin


Armando Santin, Victoria Thierrée Chaplin

Collaborator to the light design:

Fiammetta Baldisseri, Fabio Bozzetta

Collaboration to sound design:

Dom Bouffard

Light operator:

Nick Burge

Sound engineer:

Christian Leemans


Jonathan Herblay

Props & costumes:

Monika Schwarzl

Technical director:

Gerd Walter

Tour manager:

Virginia Forlani

Co-produced by:

Théâtre les Célestins Lyon, Théâtre Atelier Carouge Genève, Change Performing Arts Milano

A special thanks to:

Aurélia Thierrée, Sara Driver, Prof. Aron Goldhirsch, Prof. Paolo Veronesi, Nicoletta Braschi


© Richard Haughton