Iris Theatre, St Paul’s Church, London
24-26 May, 2013
In a city where music has been forcefully banned, a group of citizens secretly manage to discover the truth about the missing sounds and colours. A theatrical music performance, devised and composed by Gregory Emfietzis, and presented as a shadow puppetry show. It follows Roger on his mysterious journey, full of thrills an action, as he strives to find a way to destroy all evil. The piece is based on Myrto Loulaki’s fairy tale and performed by the Metapraxis Ensemble.
By enlarging the performance canvas of a traditional shadow theatre – normally a suitcase size screen propped up to allow the puppeteers to hide behind the screen – the design involved two large screens, allowing scaled puppets to interact with the musicians who are also performers/real size puppets. A shadow world is created by juxtaposing imagery, puppets and human shadows, which dissolves at the end as colours emerge.
The development and realisation of the project was supported by the London Symphony Orchestra’s Soundhub scheme and Arts Council England.
Composer/Dramatist/Co-Director Gregory Emfietzis http://emfietzis.com | Director Charlotte Ive | Scenography Ingrid Hu | Puppet designer/puppeteer Joanna Lakin || Metapraxis Ensemble: Myrto Loulaki – voice | Guillermina Chivite – violin | Chris Goodman – clarinet | Andriana Minou – piano