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“jokey and wonderfully timed, with robotic workers in a surreal toy factory wheeling in on office chairs to the strains of Richard Strauss’s Also Sprach Zarathustra . …Teeming with inventive gestures and moves …
… Sheer genius.”

Stephanie Furgeson, Yorkshire Post, 20 Feb 2004

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“… The final piece was ‘polystyrene dreams’ by Maresa von Stockert, who introduces us to an Orwellian factory from hell where the workers on Level 5 are welcomed, exhorted, chastised and threatened by a ‘Big Sister’ tannoy as they make toy cars in the morning and crawling babies in the afternoon. …
… It is funny and clever … and the choreographer appeals to all our basic instincts by having an orgiastic sequence of popping the bubblewrap bubbles! …”

Graham Watts, Ballet.magazine, May 2004

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“… Maresa von Stockert’s Polystyrene Dreams makes a hugely entertaining conclusion. This is a glorious piece of theatre in which workers on a toy doll assembly line indulge in escapist fantasy. They play dodgems on their chairs, wrap and box Douglas Thorpe as if he were a doll and leave the stage littered with torn polystyrene. The ‘assembling’ movements are sublimely witty and the sense of release is so infectious.”

Kevin Berry, The Stage, 11 March 2004

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>> Read German reviews of Polystyrene Dreams performances in Germany: Stuttgarter Zeitung, LeonbergerPage1, LeonbergerPage2, Neuss-GrevenbroicherPage1, Neuss-GrevenbroicherPage2