Of late both lovely sister and Isobel (maman du Princeling) have got interested in puppetry, from a making and performing angle respectively, so last Saturday saw us (Isobel, and I, and betimes Tom, Princeling is too small and has even less patience for sitting still watching puppets than Tom...) taking in the Marionnet'IC festival in Binic.
Lots of stuff, whimsical, quaint, touching, dark, disturbing, traditional, musical, theatre d'objets (object theatre, weird and intriguing but also kind of obvious, commonplace, found, improvised objects enacting things... ).
The only thing I got any pictures of was Cie Pelele's afternoon version for kids of Tauromaquia. .
I think they do a more complex grown-up version, but this one was quite simple. Their characters are somewhere between Spanish processional figures and cartoons (I think), with Mr Punch-type squeaky voices. There was a Moorish fellow,
who had to fight with a bull, rather reluctantly, it seemed.
Then there was Death,
who didn't seem too reluctant to fight with the Moor.
There was a lot of whacking,
and Death got a waggy finger in rebuke.
I can't remember who won, but the children in the front row chortled with glee, and we laughed a bit too.
As James did to Louis
5 hours ago