OTD: Human-sized ant troupe takes Ann Arbor summer festival

Tuesday, April 3, 2018 - 10:00pm

Be careful where you put your Zingerman’s sandwich this summer — you might just watch it get carried away by a group of children and their human-sized ant leader.

Tuesday, the Ann Arbor Summer Festival announced the 2018 month-long event would include performances by eVenti Verticali’s 2-D and 3-D show “Wanted,” as well as Australia’s Polyglot Theatre production of Ants.

EVenti Verticali is an Italian multimedia aerial theater company that involves visual comedy projected onto a large outdoor screen. The group travels the world showcasing their art and will be in Ann Arbor for the Top of the Park festival on June 19 and 20.

Polyglot Theatre’s Ants will also be in Ann Arbor this June. Their show includes actors dressed as giant ants leading children through an activity of placing breadcrumbs into artistic designs. The Polyglot Theatre, based in Australia, is internationally regarded for their “interactive spectacle for children.”

“Faced with hundreds of giant bread crumbs and three big insects, children are irresistibly drawn in to discover what the ants want them to do,” the AASF’s website states. “Gradually a world of meaning unfolds, illustrating the human desire for order by transforming any public space with wavering lines and patterns, crossing adult lines and disrupting the everyday.”

The AASF will take place June 8 through July 1, with Ants making a special appearance June 26 through June 28.