Event: Sept. 19, 2013 to Oct. 1, 2013

"Bear and Needle" - A multimedia performance

To mark the occasion of Appenzellerland joining the Swiss Confederation 500 years ago, Haus Appenzell staged a multimedia performance entitled “Bear and Needle”. 
The show was a unique combination of traditional Chinese shadow puppet play, computer animation and music. The history and legends of the two celebrating cantons, Appenzell Ausserrhoden and Appenzell Innerrhoden, were brought to life by a group of professional shadow puppet players, accompanied by exciting sounds from the East and West (percussion: Li Shu Guang; dulcimer: Töbi Tobler). Narrators were Philipp Langenegger (Bear) and Karin Bruelisauer (Needle). 

The audience learned how a beautiful girl almost drove the men and women of her village crazy with the help of the devil, why a simple garment caused the people of Appenzell to free themselves from the suppressive reign of the Monastery St. Gallen and to join the Swiss Confederation, and which role the Protestant reformer Ulrich Zwingli played in the division of Ausserrhoden and Innerrhoden.  

The DVD “Bear and Needle” featuring the show as well as bonus material is available on DVD for CHF 15 (excl. shipping) at