LSO St Luke’s, London
Composer/Dramatist/Co-Director – Gregory Emfietzis
Director – Charlotte Ive
Set design and illustration – Ingrid Hu
Puppet designer/puppeteer – Joanna Lakin
Myrto Loulaki – voice
Guillermina Chivite – violin
Chris Goodman – clarinet
Andriana Minou – piano
The development and realisation of the project was generously supported by the London Symphony Orchestra’s Soundhub scheme and Arts Council England.
In a city from which 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 generously supported by the London Symphony Orchestra’s Soundhub scheme and the Arts Council.