On the high seas, water is clearer than the purest crystal. But it ‘s so deep that no anchor could reach the bottom. Aimlessly a really whimsical puppeteer starts for adventure and boards a frail barque made of wicker and paper. She dives into the most depths of the oceans, where no man yet has ever set foot, and reaches the far end of legends and myths. Here was the Andersen’s Little Mermaid waiting for her. Then she’s transformed: alternatively mermaid, witch, prince or even several characters at the same time, she takes us with her in the maze of love! In this new production of Ilka Schönbein and Laurie Cannac working together, we can recognize the ingredients that had so much appealed to us in “Wolfed Down”. The starting point is a really beautiful fairy tale, not toned-down at all in its content. It’s the story of a young mermaid ready for anything to win her Prince and she will be driven by her own determination through the elements: the amniotic universe of the bottom of waters, the fire of passion, the hard and dry earth, with the hope to fly up finally like an air bubble. Dual characters, mirrors effects, amphibian bodies and other metamorphoses and divided selves, here you will discover surprising forms of sensitive puppets, all on the music by Alexandra Lupini, who had also written the one of “The Old Lady and the Beast”.
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Adapted from “The Little Mermaid” by Hans Christian Andersen
Ilka Schönbein : Direction
Laurie Cannac : Interpretation and puppets manipulation
Ilka Schönbein and Laurie Cannac : Puppets
Sébastien Choriol : Lighting designer
François Olivier : Sound designer
Alexandra Lupidi : Music
Britta Arste : Director’s assistant
With the participation of Romuald Collinet and Jo Smith
Production / Co-productionProduction : Compagnie Graine de Vie & Le Grand Parquet. Delegated production : Le K Samka (from january 2015). Co-production : L’espace, Scène Nationale - Besançon / Pôle culture – Agglomération Sud Pays Basque / Le Strapontin, scène des arts de la parole / Pont Scorff / La Mairie - Billom / Centre Culturel Pablo Picasso / Copenhagen City / Culturel Department and Le Théâtre Reflexion d’Aarhus in Danemark. With the support of CréAM, Centre Régional des Arts de la Marionnette - Basse-Normandie / City of Paris / Drac Ile de France / Région Ile de France / Mairie du 18ème / Région - Franche Comté / Conseil général - Doubs / City of Besançon.
Tour 2013-2014 : CDN de Caen, Scène Nationale - Besançon, Théâtre Edwige Feuillère - Vesoul, L’Agora - Billère, L’agglomération Sud Pays Basque d’Urrugne, La Maison du Théâtre - Amiens, Fals 53 - Loiron & Théâtre de Laval, Théâtre - Charleroi, Centre culturel Pablo Picasso - Homécourt, Le strapontin - Pont Scorff, L’espace 600 - Grenoble, Le pot au Noir, La comédie - Saint-Etienne, Le Théâtre des Salins.
Presentation pack EN (pdf) Presentation pack DE noch Weib (pdf) Press review FR (zip) Technical rider FR (zip) Photos high-resolution (zip) Promo poster (zip)
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