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Rooster Weathervane

 

Little Mermaid

 

The Little Elephant

     
  

  
 Yaci and the corn doll 

Bubú

  

Bubu

- Genere: theatre with objects and puppets

- Duration: 40 minutes

- Age recomended: from 2 to 4 years old

Synopsis:

The spectacle consists in a serie of action scenes where two actresses play and invent situations with different elements and objects. As playmates they have a bunny and a crocodile. Will be the bunny so tender as he seems? Will be the crocodile as fierce as they paint him?

Poetic, playful and absurd scenes, destinated to the small children, for whom every discovery is a chance to invent a new game.

Other informations:

This spectacle comes from the collaboration of the actress and fine artist Eva Soriano with the choreographer Joseph Stella. After developing together some dance-theater projects, they proposed to make a spectacle mixing the language of puppets and objects with other languages such as body expression and the dance-theater; an spectacle without words and destinated to the smaller children.

Thus, "La Canica" goes into this adventure that is "Bubu", a theatrical game for young children, a meeting between the Body Language and Theatre, between Poetry and Music, between Tenderness and Extravaganza, between Body and Objects.

 

The Little Elephant

- Genere: puppet theatre (table puppets)

- Duration: 40 minutes

- Age recomended: from 3 to 6 years old

Synopsis:

A little elephant full of an insatiable curiosity makes a trip through the jungle to find out what does the crocodile eat. In his jurney he will meet animals of diverse forms, colors and coats, to which he will make innumerable questions. At the end of his route he will understand that, beyond their differences, there is something in common between the animals: the earth where they live, the air that all breathe, the sun that illuminates them, the sky that the covers them.

Two actresses relate and put in stage the story of the little elephant using diverse objects, songs and other theatralical resources.

Awards:

“The Little Elephant” has been awarded with many prizes, like the “Best Puppet Spectacle” in the “European Fair of Theatre for Children and Young People, FETEN" 2006, Gijón (Spain)

About the stage:

“The spectacle invites the children to share the adventures of this small elephant that is discovering the world. He makes a vital trip. A trip in which he will have the first experience of separation of his mother. A trip in which he will discover other animals different from him. A trip in which he will pass danger situations. A trip in which he will experiment curiosity, astonishment, fear, braveness, sadness, joy and other feelings, feelings which the children experiment during the uncertain learning to grow. A trip in which he will find that he is similar to the other creatures of the world, creatures that sleep, as him, under a same moon, with their joys and their sadnesses, their dreams and their fears, their doubts and their certainties.”

“A table to iron, fabrics, socks, gloves and other daily objects. With these elements two actresses narrate the eventful journeys of the little elephant. In their hands the objects becomes to life, being transformed into animals that breathe, move, express, feel. Skirts and scarfs are transformed into trees, a sock and a hat in a snail, a glove in a butterfly, a boot in a giraffe, two bags in an hipopotamus, a cushion and a pillow in a lion, averages in serpents, a jersey in the mother elephant, a small jersey in the litlle elephant… The children ask: Is it a jersey? Is a real elephant? It is theater.”

Pablo Vergne (author and director of the spectacle)

 

About the company: La Canica Puppet Theatre

Company founded in 2005 and composed by professionals from various branches of art (visual arts, theater, dance, music...), "La Canica" has proposed the creation of multidisciplinary spectacles placing particular emphasis on the interpretation and the exploration of materials and other scenic resources  to build characters and stories close to the child's world.

The company's last production, "Little Mermaid" already has the critical and audience acclaim and has won the award "Best Puppet Show" ex aequo in the European Children's Performing Arts Market (FETEN) 2016.

The company's previous show, "The rooster weathervane" has won the following awards:

- "Best Spectacle". European Fair of Performing Arts for Children (FETEN) 2013.
- "Best Actress". European Fair of Performing Arts for Children (FETEN) 2013.
- "Best Spectacle". Murcia International Puppet Festival 20013.
- Prize. Vall d'Albaida International Puppet Festival 2013.

The company's first spectacle, "The Little Elephant" also received  the following awards:

- "Best Puppet Show".
European Fair of Theatre for Children (FETEN) 2006.
- "Prize Ara Lleida Ara Titelles". Lleida International Puppet Festival 2007.
- "Special Mention of the Association of Spectators". Lleida International Puppet Festival 2007.
- Prize "Imagina 2007." Nerja Cultural Centre.

The spectacles of "La Canica" have an enthusiastic and warm welcome by the audience and cultural programmers and are present in the most prestigious festivals of performing arts for children in Spain.

 


About the author and director of the spectacles: Pablo Vergne

Founder and director of the Company  “El Retablo Puppet Theater”, Pablo Vergne has made a successful artistic and professional work creating and directing several shows that are represented in prestigious programs and festivals in France, Italy, Belgium, Switzerland, Portugal, South Korea, Croatia, Brazil, Argentina,....

He have received many
AWARDS:

For "The Spotted Cat and Sinha de Swallow":

- Best Show. European Fair of Theatre for Boys and Girls. FETEN 2000.
- Best Direction. European Fair of Theatre for Boys and Girls. FETEN 2000.
- Best Show. Teatralia 2000.
- Best Aesthetics Proposal. International Festival of Vall d'Albaida. 2000.
- Best Show. Bonecos International Festival of Belo Horizonte, Brazil. 2002.

For "Animals":
- Best Show. International Puppet Festival of Tolosa. 2002.
- Best Show. Children's Jury. Zagreb International Puppet Festival. Croatia. 2003.
- Special Jury Mention. FETEN 2003.
- Best Animated Show. International Theatre Festival. Ribadavia. 2004.
- Best Animation. Zagreb International Puppet Festival. Croatia. 2003. 

For "The Little Elephant":
- Best Puppet Show. European Fair of Theatre for Children (FETEN) 2006.
- Prize "Ara Titelles Ara Lleida". International Puppet Fair of Lleida 2007.
- Special Mention of the Association of Spectators. International Puppet Fair of Lleida 2007.
- Prize "Imagina 2007." Villa de Nerja Cultural Centre. 

For "An African Story":
- Special Jury Mention. FETEN 2007.

For "Pinocho y medio":
- Prize "Drac d'Or" in Dramaturgy. International Puppet Fair of Lleida 2011.

For "Cinderella and the Cristal Shoes":
- Special Jury Mention. FETEN 2012.

For "The Rouster Weathervane":
-
Best Spectacle. European Fair of Performing Arts for Children (FETEN) 2013.
- Prize "Drac d'Or" in Dramaturgy. Lleida International Puppet Fair 2013.
- Best Spectacle. Murcia International Puppet Festival 20013.
- Prize. Vall d'Albaida International Puppet Festival 2013.

For "Little Mermaid":

- Best Puppet Show. Ex aequo. European Children's Performing Arts Market (FETEN) 2016.

 

Also, Pablo Vergne has performed in many festivals and programmings abroad:

BRAZIL

International Puppet Festival of Curitiba. July 2000.

International Puppet Festival of Belo Horizonte. June 2002 and June 2010

International Puppet Festival of Canela. June 2010.

FRANCE

International Puppet Festival. Charleville-Mezieres. September 2000.

Théâtre du Corps. Jeune Public. Le Havre. April 2002.

Maxim Gorky Theatre. Rouen. April 2003.

Fécamp Nationale Scene. Fecamp. October 2003.

ITALY

International Theatre Festival Medieval and Renaissance. Anagni. August 2000.

International Festival of Animated Figures. Perugia. August 2000.

Vetrina to Europe. Briciole Theatre. Parma. November 2000.

Theatre of Vicenza. November 2000.

Theatre Trent. November 2000.

First Fiera Theatre. November 2000.

Teatro de Varese. December 2001.

Festival dei Bambini. Piccolo Teatro di Milano. Milan. December 2001.

SWITZERLAND

Bellinzona Theatre. December 2001.

PORTUGAL

Cultural Center Bethlehem. Lisbon. June 2001.

Transform Center. Torres Vedras. June 2001.

Viriato Theatre. Visseu. December 2001.

CROATIA

36 PIF. International Puppet Festival. Zagreb. September 2003.

SOUTH KOREA

Bluebird International Theatre Festival for Children. Seoul. September 2003.

ARGENTINA

International Theatre Festival for Children and Adolescents. Atina Festival 2003. Buenos Aires. November 2003.

XII International Puppet and Animation Festival. Mar de Plata.

ECUADOR

International Festival of Cuenca. July 2007.

BELGIUM

International Puppet Festival. Ghent. July 2004.

NETHERLANDS

BuitenGewoon Festival. Doetinchem. July 2005.

UNITED STATES

Seattle International Children's Festival. Seattle. May 2005.

Pittsburgh International Children's Festival. Pittsburgh. May 2005. 

CHINA

International Arts Carnival, Hong Kong. July 2005.

Macau International Arts Festival. Macau. May 2009.

INDIA

International Puppet Theatre Festival. Delhi. January 2005.

Jaipur Heritage Festival. Jaipur. January 2005.

IRELAND

Spreacha. Fingal's International Arts Festival for Children. Dublin. June 2006.

UNITED KINGDOM. NORTH IRELAND

Young at Art. Belfast Children's Festival. Belfast. June 2008.

ROMANIA

Teatru of Animatie Festival. Bucharest. December 2006.

SINGAPORE

Out of the Box. International Festival of Puppet Theatre. Singapore. May 2006.

DENMARK

Children's Festival of Rodovre. Copenhagen. May 2012.

ESTONIA

Tallinn Treff Festival. Tallinn. May 2012.

LATVIA

Latvian Puppet Theatre. Riga. May 2012.

Daugavpils. June 2012.

 

 

 

About the co-author of the spectacle "Bubu": Joseph Stella

Joseph Stella has studied French Literature at the Faculty of Arts of Geneva in Switzerland.

He continued his studies and trained at the School for Contemporary Dance Bella Hutter of Turin in Italy.

Hutter Bella School was established in the city of Turin for two Russian women in 1923 and belongs to the current German Expressionist.

In the last year of his training, he comes as a performer in the company of Dance Theatre School, directed by Anna Sagna, presenting several performances of the repertoire in French and Italian cities.

He continued his stage experience with a Japanese choreographer, Hideyuki Yano; an English theater director, Kewin Mac Carthy; a French choreographer, Roberte Léger; another American choreographer, Katie Duck; and several other artists with different concepts of stage space and audience.

These performing experiences permited his art to combine multiple languages, such as voice, movement structured, improvised movement, theatricality, the lights, the projected image on top of moving bodies, the interaction with the public etc ... 

Since 1990 he began to teach and offers courses in several cities in Europe and Japan, in Schools of Dance, Theatre, Circus, Cultural Centers and Casa de America in Madrid and worked for the Ministry of Education in France and Spain.

Each course has a theme that serves as a thread, for example:
- The poetic movement.
- The movement of emotions.
- Strength and vulnerable stage presence.
- When the Space is Time, and Time is transformed into energy.
Etc ... ...

Currently, deepening their pedagogy, create courses in collaboration with artists who speak another language as Painting, Architecture, Live Music, Dramatic Art, Literature, etc ...

As a choreographer, he performed shows and performances in continuing his research on the border between abstract dance and narrative dance.