|Surprise (Überraschung), part of ASSITEJ|
photo courtesy Dschungel Wien
While UNIMA caters to audiences young and old, ASSITEJ is focused on theatre for young people. For the RealTime readers of tomorrow with a taste for the new in performance both are events that look set to satisfy a deep-seated need for magic, adventure and innovation.
UNIMA’s program of some 30 works includes South African William Kentridge’s remarkable blend of puppetry and charcoal drawn animation in Handspring Puppet Company’s Woyzeck on the Highveld; and Angel, from the Netherlands’ Duda Paiva, an innovative merging of dance and puppetry in a duet between an angel and a drunk. On the food front, Australia’s Men of Steel make wonderfully messy magic with cooking utensils; France’s Compagnie Akselere transforms a restaurant setting into the tale of Sleeping Beauty with, among other things, puppeteered forks; and Belgium’s La Compagnie des Chemins de Terre presents [Richard], in which “Romeo & Juliet is played by the puppeteer’s clothes, Hamlet takes the form of ripped paper and Richard the Third is re-enacted with a slab of meat.” Polyglot Puppet Theatre has collaborated with Ilbijerri Aboriginal Theatre Co-op on Headhunter, a wild, funny ‘road movie’ of a show. For shoe fetishists, Spareparts and the WA Museum have created The Mary Surefoot Shoe Collection which involves investing shoes with interesting new lives of their own. And for other proclivities there’s the sexy, strictly adults only Cabaret Decadanse by Canada’s Soma International.
|Sleeping Beauty, part of UNIMA|
photo Philippe Moulin
ASSITEJ ranges across theatrical forms, embracing spoken word, multmedia, dance, music, large-scale and miniature puppetry and physical theatre. From Australia there’s Snuff Puppets’ scary but funny Dream Time show, Nyet Nyet’s Picnic, created with Indigenous artists; and Christine Johnson’s Fluff, a wonderfully eccentric tale, musically and theatrically, about finding homes for lost toys. Adelaide’s Windmill Performing Arts is offering two works, Cat and The Green Sheep, the latter inspired by Judy Horacek illustrations. Perth’s Buzz Dance Theatre’s Cinderella Dressed In Yella cross-costumes boys as the fairytale heroine in a work based on playground games. Also on the program are works by Patch Theatre, Arena Theatre, Urban Myth Theatre of Youth, Polyglot, Ilbijerri, Men of Steel, Uncle Semolina (& friends), Kage, Real TV and Krinkl Theatre. There are companies from Sweden, Israel (The Arab-Hebrew Theater Of Jaffa), Japan, Denmark, Korea, USA, New Zealand, Germany, Thailand. Australia’s provocative Zeal Theatre has collaborated with South Africa’s Bheki on a play about boys triggering a political storm at an international sporting event. Surprise, dance theatre from Austria’s Dschungel Wein, looks one of the most intriguing shows on the program. It’s for audiences two years and up and asks: How do surprises actually sound? Do several surprises make a melody? We’ll have more on ASSITEJ in RealTime 84. RT
20th UNIMA Congress & World Puppetry Festival, an initiative of Spare Parts Puppet Theatre, Perth, April 2-12, www.unima2008.com; 16th ASSITEJ 2008, World Congress and Performing Arts Festival, Adelaide, May 9-18
Terrapin Puppet Theatre’s Explosion Therapy is part of the 2008 UNIMA program. See the review on page 38.
RealTime issue #83 Feb-March 2008 pg. 56
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