â€˜A Placeâ€™ and â€˜Platero & Iâ€™
classical guitar, storytelling, table top puppetry, live low-tech video projection
Saturday, April 20
8 pm / $15
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INTIMIATE PERFORMANCES IN AN INTIMATE HOME THEATRE
Two stories performed by Petra KixmÃ¶ller with music by Douglas Hensley. Tim Gosley adds moving illustrations via low-tech video & simple props.
A PLACE, by Larry Lewis, is the tale of a charming village made famous by a painting created by a famous dead artist. People flock to see the village that inspired the painting. Time passes, things change. Petra KixmÃ¶ller tells the tale while manipulating props representing the characters including, eggcups, carved figures, and a Tim Horton box. The proceedings are simultaneously projected via video giving yet another point of view.
Platero and I, op. 190, vol. 1, written by Spanish poet Juan Ramon Jimenez, with music later composed by Italian Mario CastelnuovoTedesco in 1960. A melancholic and gentle Spanish poem recounts a manâ€™s perception of the world through his friendship with his companion, a donkey; beautiful music and words with evocative images. Petra KixmÃ¶ller, German-trained actor and teacher, has performed in her own shows including â€œA Placeâ€ and â€œBrecht between the Wars,â€ and with Merlinâ€™s Sun in â€œA childâ€™s Christmas in Walesâ€, â€œthe Smile Show Mini Revivalâ€, â€œFaust thru the shadowsâ€ and â€œThe Musicians of Bremen.â€ She has also performed in several projects with Puente Theatre. She taught theatre and German at Les Enfants de la Terre, a Quebec Waldorf School and is currently doing the same at the Victoria German School, Uvic, and Theatre Inconnu & Merlinâ€™s Sunâ€™s drama program.
Douglas Hensley loves collaborating with narrators, singers, dancers, puppeteers, poets, chamber ensembles, symphony orchestras, opera companies, and classical Persian musicians whenever the opportunities arise. He teaches classical guitar, ukulele, banjo, mandolin, lute and Persian tÃ¢r at the Victoria Conservatory of Music, and is a founding member of the early/modern music ensemble Continuum Consort.
Timothy Gosley directed â€œA Childâ€™s Christmas in Walesâ€, taught & wrote plays for Theatre Inconnuâ€™s Youth Program. Heâ€™s created giant puppets with Puente Theatre, designer Catherine Hahn, and Vancouverâ€™s Theatre Terrific. He has given workshops to Slam Poets, the Inter-Cultural Assoc., libraries and schools. He revived a mini version of his fatherâ€™s Smile show and performed a retrospective, â€œTim Gosley: a Man behind some puppets.â€ He hopes to soon remount Merlinâ€™s shadow version of Faust. He is also a Gemini winning tv puppeteer including with the Muppets Fraggle Rock and Canadian Sesame Street.