THE SEA ALONG THE DOTTED LINE
For ages 3+
The story was drawn from a news item: a man from a far away country in Eastern Europe, who had never seen the ocean, took his bicycle to go at its encounter. He was not aware of the potential dangers of the journey, and the required formalities to travel abroad. He travelled through different countries, meeting a lot of people… and almost reached his goal. Unfortunately, he found himself caught into administrative formalities. With no identification, he got arrested and was put on a plane to where he’d started his journey.
Direction, scenography and puppets: Serge Boulier
Puppet construction and machinery: Serge Boulier, Veronica Gomez Iparraguirre, Séverine Coulon
Original music: Alain De Filippis
Cast: Jean Quilcet, Séverine Coulon or Nathalie le Flanchec
Duration: 45 minutes
In made-up languages and Estonian
AFTERNOON OF FOEHN
For ages 5+
What is the life expectancy of a plastic bag? From crude oil polyethylene to the moment it is thrown away? For how long is it actually in use? Not long at all, compared to the length of time it will then stray across the planet, blown and buffeted by the wind. This is where its real life begins; its autonomous life. Little anonymous plastic bag amongst the world’s countless little plastic bags, on its way to a rot-proof eternity. Let’s hope there’s a strong wind to help it overcome any obstacles, to carry it across oceans and mountains, to encounter new possibilities and to try out different lives.
The object, manipulated by the flow of air, swirls and twirls, dancing to Claude Debussy’s most famous work, the timeless “Afternoon of a Faun”, itself inspired by Mallarmé’s poem of the same name. Upright or upside down, free up those hands, be the object of all motion and movement. Just a sound and the air’s caress.
Artistic Director and Puppet Designer: Phia Menard
Assisted by: Jean-Luc Beaujault
Sound track composition: Ivan Roussel, using Claude Debussy’s «Afternoon of a Faun»
Performer: Jean-Louis Ouvrard
Duration: 25 minutes
Theatre is alive, if it is able to translate its past experiences and future visions into a theatrical language that speaks to the modern viewer. It can speak through a depth of content or a surprise of form, or a symbiosis of both. The festival is a wonderful opportunity to get a concentrated overview of what is currently in the air – in terms of content as well as form.