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Framed as in a movie scene, two puppets, a green cricket and a mosquito with big black eyes stand in an office room behind two copying machines and look at each other.
© AJ Korkidakis
Framed as in a movie scene, two puppets, a green cricket and a mosquito with big black eyes stand in an office room behind two copying machines and look at each other.
© AJ Korkidakis
International Summer Festival 2022
Theatre / Music / Film

Kid Koala

The Storyville Mosquito

When theatre is as immersive as big cinema films without using any words, but yet telling a moving story: Kid Koala’s newest work for the stage with a heart warming factor.

Tickets:

24 / 14 Euro (conc. from 5 Euro, 50% conc. with Festivalkarte)

Dates

The Mosquito puppet sits in the setting of a small, cozy bistro and reads a menu. Candles glow hazily on the tables.
© AJ Korkidakis
You can see the elaborate and detailed film set, which suddenly appears relatively small with the back view of two puppeteers. Centrally, you can see Sid Villa's jazz club.
© Mikael Theimer
Close-up of the puppet of a green cricket with long, hanging antennae. She stands behind a bistro counter, behind her a shelf of dishes, in front of her a display of pastries.
© AJ Korkidakis
Good overview of the scene: at the back is the projection screen for the live film, below it are the musicians, in front of them the scenery, and to the side is space for other venues and technical equipment.
© Mikael Theimer
Close-up of the somewhat sad looking, but still cute Mosquito puppet, sitting alone at a small restaurant table.
© AJ Korkidakis
Close-up on the projection screen of the live film, on the left below Kid Koala can be seen at the turn tables, on the right other musicians.
© Mikael Theimer

Eric San aka Kid Koala returns to the Summer Festival with a stirring adventure of a clarinet-playing mosquito who moves to the big city in order to fulfill his dream of playing at the prestigious Sid Villa’s Music Hall. On stage, a team of 15 performers including a string trio and Kid Koala on the piano and turntables create a »live animated film«. Using 20 miniature sets, 75 puppets and 8 cameras, this captivating combination of film technology, theatre, puppetry and music allows the performers to tell a heart warming story that is completely free of dialogue, much like early Charlie Chaplin films. After various Kampnagel appearances including stage productions like the 2014 Summer Festival highlight NUFONIA MUST FALL, THE STORYVILLE MOSQUITO is now the most ambitious piece by Kid Koala to date. He is not only one of the world’s best scratch DJs and releases albums on Ninja Tune, but he is also an award-winning graphic novelist, composer for film and video games, and theatre maker. As such, he has proved (like his Montréal colleague Socalled) that beats, puppetry and humour can be used to expand the medium of theater to the delight of the audience.

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With: Kid Koala

Creation, Direction, Musical Score: Kid Koala Artistic Direction: Corinne Merrell Puppet Design: Patrick Martel Stage Design Assistance: Nancy Belzile Director of Photography, Video: AJ Korkidakis Musical Direction: Vid Cousins Live Music: Eric San (Kid Koala), Valerie Li (Violin), David Campbell (Cello), Marcus Takizawa (Viola) Puppeteers: Tyson Houseman, Anne Lalancette, Patrick Martel, Colin St-Cyr Duhamel Sound: Rena Kozak Lighting Design: Olivier Gaudet Savard Video Editors: Guillaume Briand,Phil Creamer Technical Direction:Brian Neuman, Guillaume Briand Set Design: Nancy Belzile, Faustine Berthet, Joseph Gagne, Bruno-Pierre Houle, Alizée Millot Puppets: Isabelle Chretien, Sophie Dealauriers, Véronique Poirier, Marie-Pierre Simard, Sandra Stage Management: Alizée Millot, Maggie Winston, Corinne Merrell Producer: Ryhna Thompson Tour Management: Brian Neuman Represented and produced by: Envision Management & Production Management: Envision Management & Production

COPRODUCTION Kampnagel International Summer Festival, Place des Arts Montréal and its Foundation and NYU Abu Dhabi The Arts Center

SUPPORT National Arts Centre’s National Creation Fund, Canada Council for the Arts, Conseil des Arts et des Lettres du Québec

The performances in Hamburg are supported by the Canada Council for the Arts and the Government of Canada and the Embassy of Canada Berlin and SODEC Québec