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Photographs by Jorge Raedó
Creation, direction and performance: Toni Rumbau
Following in the wake of his latest work – from his now classic “Two Hands”, through “Double and Shadow” and the opera “Euridice and the Puppets of Chairon” -, in this new show the author-puppeteer brings together traditional, popular puppet theatre and an extremely visual language of shadows, hands and objects.
The central, archetypical themes of puppet tradition (birth, death, creation, hunger, the duality of good and evil, freedom…) are treated with the unleashed vitality of the hand puppet and from the poetic and deeply symbolic perspective of the shadow theatre.
A show which invites children’s ingenuous and lively participation, and awakens the attention and complicity of adults. For children aged 5 to 99!
The puppets: Polichinela, the Dog, the Policeman, the Devil, Death… Traditional characters, given life in today’s world by the imagination of the audience and the skill of the puppeteer.
From the Egg to the Cube: the Egg of Imagination, delivered to the puppeteer by the audience at the start of the show, brings life to the cube, the box which is home to the spirit of Polichinela. Here, the different characters are born. At the same time a light emerges inside the puppet theatre, which is thus converted into a sound and light box.
Shadows, puppets, images, sounds, a speeding rhythm of puppet manipulation, subtlety, tradition and modernity… A show created out of research and virtuosity, in which the puppeteer postulates the traditional practice of puppets as a trampoline for the search for new expressivity of sound and image.
With the use of the swazzle (for some of the voices) and, furthermore, live music made by strong but simple instruments, the puppets engendered in the depths of the mysterious puppet theatre come to life to represent the eternal rite of creativity and the struggle against death.
The puppet theatre, an elongated, translucent cube, is lit from inside so as to become a light and sound box filled with mysterious music. A box in which the indomitable and fecund breath of Polichinela hides and throbs with life and images.
by means of those impressive tools, the puppeteer’s hands, tradition is put to
the test and re-founded in a process of introspection which turns the
puppeteer’s trade inside out. That which is traditionally hidden is illuminated
by consciousness, embodied in a restless point of light;
consciousness which is, at the same time, that of the puppet theatre and of the
puppets which inhabit it.
The audience’s perception is thus amplified by a number of different points of view which are superimposed one upon the other. At the end, once the puppets have returned to the box from which they emerged, images from the Tradition which underlies a show like this are displayed in the puppet theatre. And the box of puppets, suddenly illuminated from within, becomes a new theatre - a theatre in miniature, intimate: a theatre in which the audience can imagine their own stories unfolding.
Images filmed during a performance in La Puntual, Barcelona (May 2009):
Crítica de Edgar Davidian al Journal L'Orient-Le
Jour, de Beirut, Líbano (27-05-2010)
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