The fascinating final presentation of a Zoetrope workshop ...

The-Spinning-Animation-Show is like an exhibition and live performance. In this show, the participants of a Zoetrope workshop themselves present their effectively designed cyclical animations on various optical, partly historical, image viewing devices in front of an audience and to a cinematic soundtrack.


In a Zoetrope workshop, participants produce animation loops that focus on a very short action of less than a second. The animation is instantly viewable on a Zoetrope.


The-Spinning-Animation-Show is an unusual version of the final presentation of a Zoetrope workshop lasting at least five days. The following examples were made on paper stripes, paper discs or transparent plexiglass by talented youngsters, trainees or professionals.


The participants presented the animations themselves in an audio-visual show on several optical devices like Zoetropes, Praxinoscopes, projection devices or on rotating paper discs with stroboscopic light.


The following examples show which topics, locations or stories can be presented in a Spinning-Animation-Show.

... created by pupils.

The Spinning Animation Show: Panta Rhei – Everything moves and nothing stays


From 2006 to 2019, I gave workshops in various animation techniques for the German winners of the International Youth Creativ Competition.


In 2015, I developed the Zoetrope workshop and The-Spinning-Animation-Show on the subject: Panta Rhei – everything moves and nothing stays. Since then, several shows have been created. These have been presented by the workshop participants together with music on other themes such as balance, flow and the world is sound.


The following spinning-animation-show was the result of my first Zoetrope workshop in 2015, which had the theme “Panta Rhei”.

Watch the Spinning Animation Show of 2015

This making-of film of the Zoetrope workshop was realized by Simone Klar. The film is in German language.

... created by trainees.

The Spinning Animation Show: The Spinning History


I was commissioned by the mayor of the city of Straubing to hold a Zoetrope workshop at the Technical and Vocational College Straubing (FOSBOS/department of design) for the celebration ‘800 Years of Neustadt Straubing’.


The goal of the Zoetrope workshop was to create a Spinning-Animation-Show about the history of my home city Straubing with the help of four teachers and 30 young creative trainees.


I traveled from Kassel to Straubing four times and held the workshop at the FOSBOS technical and vocational college for several days.


81 humorously and succinctly animation loops of historical events were produced in two months. I have developed a soundtrack of 10 channels of music and sounds myself.


The results were presented by the participants on eight optical devices with the soundtrack in a fascinating 40-minute Show with the title The-Spinning-History.

Excerpt of the animation

Excerpt of a lecture

Report by Niederbayern TV

Report by the Bavarian Broadcast TV

Photos of the show The-Spinning-History

Trailer of The-Spinning-History

… created by professionals.

The Spinning Animation Show: Plankton


In 2018 I held a Zoetrope workshop in Northeim for the German association of puppeteers and puppet theatres UNIMA (Union Internationale de la Marionette). The topic of the show was Plankton.


We developed a Spinning-Animation-Show which presented an underwater world. In five days, eleven professional puppeteers created 35 two- and three-dimensional animations on paper strips and round discs. The 25-minute show was performed on six devices and accompanied by live music on a Hang instrument.

Photos of the show Plankton

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Thomas Stellmach


2D animation, object animation


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