Smoking Apples – In our hands
Alf is a trawler fisherman whose experience, camaraderie and loyalty have put him and his boat at the top of the game. But times are changing and so is the industry. How will Alf adapt in order to survive?
Follow a fish’s journey from sea to plate, watch a seagull’s ridiculous attempt to find food and witness a father and son reunite. In Our Hands will transport you out to sea, under the ocean and onto the deck of the Catcher’s Fortune.
Using innovative puppetry, a striking set and an original score, join Alf as he journeys from the depths of despair to rise again and rescue the life he loves.
In Our Hands has been developed extensively both in London and Cornwall by Smoking Apples, an award winning puppetry and visual theatre company.
“An imagination-fuelled cracker of a production” – A Younger Theatre
Supported using public funding by Arts Council England.
ZRNÍ – concert
With talent for melody, blending modern sound, contemporary electronics and songwriting poetics, they are an icon of innovation and searchability on the Czech alternative scene. From playing on the street with talent and diligence they worked on its imaginary peak. Due to their stylish openness and instrumental maturity we can hear accordion and beatbox, flute and loop experiments in their unmistakable music. The collectively-formed acoustic-electronic music with multi-layered texts is thus immersed in the musician landscapes of dance music and ambient. Their individual performance on the stage is the same as their music: authentic, dense, energetic and hypnotic.
A classic puppet fairy tale about Sleeping Beauty who was at birth endowed by a wicked fairy with fate to run a thorn into her finger on her 17th birthday and to sleep a hundred years. Only then arrives Prince who wakes her up with a kiss and a wedding is ahead.
The group Fekete Seretlek is reusing, changing and mixing motives from world music and making up its own original compositions. Violoncello, accordion, trumpet, double bass, violin, cajon and five voices. Concert of six musicians-actors graduated from the Prague Theatre Academy can be till-morning-party experience.
Continuo Theatre – Murgila and Zorila
A musical puppet tale inspired by the Romanian fairytales. The trio‘s mouth, six eyes, thirty fingers, and one beard will tell you a story that was conceived at dusk and born at dawn in the countryside of dark forests and steep mountains where people and animals live together and speak the same language.
Ústav úžasu – I FELL ASLEEP, BUT I DO NOT SLEEP
A black comedy about a journey into the realm of the dead, where a living person, according to the Mexican legend, gets to sleep on the grave.
Long, Broad and Sharpeye
A puppet fairy tale by Karel Jaromír Erben „Long, Broad and Sharpeye“ inspired by a graphic artist Zbyněk Sekal. Once went the two; the two went, the tree went. Actually, it was four who went and one horse more. They went long, they went across the forest. Well, where did they arrive? At the Iron Castle!
L’INSOLITE MÉCANIQUE – JE BRASSE DE L’AIR
In I am stirring air, Magali Rousseau stages herself with poetic mechanisms sheʼs created over the past decade. A long, instinctive journey to finally understand that all these steel beings are part of the same story. Her own story.
She says simple, personal, intimate words. Some sentences that are seemingly extracts of childhood. We stroll with her in a chiaroscuro timeless space, populated by machines that alternately enter the light and come alive. They all unfold bright inventiveness in attempts to fly off that we know will fail. Itʼs as if she invites us in her studio, where the wheels are exposed and the emotion of the first fruits still palpable.
The mechanisms that we discover are delicate, intelligent, poetic, solitary, touching. They inhabit a particular area of our imagination, fed by our hopes and fears. Everyone can see an aspect of themselves.
“I go in search of micro-disturbances. Subtle movements, regular and chaotic of fragile organisms. This is my theater of illusion. Pathetic machines, funny, sad, sweet, aggressive, determined, helpless. They flee, dragging their feet; try to fly but do not succeed. They stir the air, try climbing high, but all collapse. They tirelessly repeat the same gestures, trying in their own way to tell us their story. They call to our sensitivity to beings and things, to our ability to feel, to play, to understand.“
Company l’Insolite Mécanique
After a year of incubation under the wing of Les Anges au Plafond Company, L’Insolite Mécanique Company was founded in 2015 as a creative space halfway between mechanized theater, plastic installation and performance. Magali Rousseau creates and manipulates her poetic objects.
Hawker of unusual objects
Now a builder and manipulator of mechanical and poetic objects, Magali Rousseau studied at the School of Decorative Arts in Strasbourg. She there trained herself in the metal, wood, and jewelry workshops and won the Voecklin Awards and honors in 2008.
In her studio, she gives life to her objects with cranks and motors, but also develops systems that operate by fire, water, air, flow of material. She creates scenography and mechanisms for theatre companies. She participated in all the creations of the company Les Anges au Plafond for 10 years. She also worked with La Machine in Nantes, Antigua y Barbuda in Barcelona, and Mal Pelo in Girona. I am stirring air was born from her desire to take all her machines on stage to show us what they are capable of!
Studio DAMÚZA – Bajaja
The Knight‘s Fairy tale about hidden love and unshaken beliefs, about necessity and ability to make good decisions, about obedience, rebellion, a simple people, and about a royal family. Three dragons, two actors, one musician, puppets and one rotating scene.
Whispers, a clinking of souls, a rumble of recollections and the ancestors who stumble onto the scene. In this performance Nicole Mossoux is in engagement with the world of sound that echoes her haunted movements. In the centre of the stage a silhouette borrowed from one of Vermeer‘s tableaux, tirelessly leaves and returns to the same point in space, bringing along animated silhouettes that seem to emerge from her own body: impetuous ectoplasms or gangly spectres appear suddenly, inopportune, with intentions that are at the very least unclear. The use of live sounds give them a paradoxical consistence when the living character is supplanted by the phantoms she created.