"Compagnie au pied du lit" offers shows for hospitalized children of various ages. We perform on the room table that is positioned at the bottom of the bed. The plays, performed by one or tow puppeteers last about ten minutes. They are offered in keeping and agreement with the children, the medical staff and the families. The concept of the shows is based on different puppet techniques. The stories are supported by pronounced aesthetics, opening on poetical universes in order to create magical moments. Puppet is a real invitation to projection.
We tried to develop, from the constraints of the puppets theatre, various spaces where every story could be carried out. Our issue is to open, at the time of the performance, a window on other views than those of a hospital room. Each story tells of a character who, facing an event, asserts his own singularity. We were in a playful mind when looking for these forms and wanted them to be cheerful.
Nicolas Saelens - June 2012
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"Compagnie au pied du lit"
An international cooperation project : Proposal of Javier Swedzky (Argentina) with the partnership of the Compagnie Théâtre Inutile (France).
Texts by Javier Swedzky and Kossi Efoui
Direction : Nicolas Saelens and Javier Swedzky
Design and technical equipment of the puppet theatre : Hervé Recorbet
Construction : Roberto-Garita-Onandia
Puppet and set construction : Juan Benbassat, Alejandra Farley, Alfredo Iriarte, Silvina Vega, Silvia Lenardon, Guillermo Martinez, Leonardo Volpedo.
Music : Karine Dumont
Puppets animation and acting : Leonardo Volpedo or Javier Swedzky in Argentina and Sophie Matel or Charlotte Pronau in France
Production / Co-production
Production : Compagnie Théâtre Inutile.
Co-production : Le SAFRAN Amiens, le Palace in Montataire.
The Company Théâtre Inutile has got agreement and subsidies from the Ministry for the Arts – DRAC Picardie, the Conseil régional de Picardie,
the Conseil général de la Somme and Amiens Métropole, with the support of the Conseil général de l’Oise.
Théâtre Inutile web site