Student Matinee- Paper: A Wordless Tale of Life

This performance is a weekday matinee for school groups only at this time. Please contact the Box Office at 240-912-1058, or for further details or to make reservations.

Crumpled paper, folded paper, twisted paper, torn paper; a never ending cycle where figures appear out of nowhere, transform, perish – and are resurrected. After his success with the acclaimed “Lindansarna”(Tightrope Walkers), Bernard Cauchard has returned to Marionetteatern with the production Paper – A Wordless Tale of Life.

The tale starts with emptiness—a bare stage. Suddenly things begin to happen. A crunching sound as paper comes to life and assumes the form of various characters. What kind of characters? Well, as when children play, they can assume any form at all.

“The stage is set for a playful mixture of movement and puppetry in which every performance is unique, created in the moment by the company on stage,” says Bernard Cauchard. Four experienced actors with backgrounds steeped in puppetry, acting, mime and circus will create these performances in which each will add their own individual and highly specialized skills to the mix.

Paper is directed by Bernard Cauchard, actor, musician and dancer, known for his work with the Cullberg Ballet under choreographer Mats Ek and from Birgitta Egerbladh’s dance theatre productions. Cauchard has also directed at “Tyst Teater” and created performances that both hearing and deaf audiences could equally enjoy. Cauchard, last year, created “Tightrope Walkers”, receiving unanimous praise in the press and an invitation to bring the production to the prestigious Festival Mondial des Théâtres de Marionnettes in the Northern French town of Charleville-Mézières.

This engagement of Paper is funded through the ArtsCONNECT program of Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation with support from the National Endowment for the Arts.
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