A new dance-puppet show for the whole family
Based on a traditional Sanskrit story
Fantasy figures, in a tale about friendship, trust and being human
The Cat, the Owl, the Lizard and the Mouse all live in the extensive roots of a Banyan tree – they are not friends, perhaps better said predator and prey, yet still they manage to coexist and cohabit the tree. Their delicate balance is interrupted when the cat is caught in a trap laid by the hunter and only saved when the mouse, on the promise that the cat will never eat her, manages to free her. After the incident the cat tries to befriend the mouse who never can bring himself to trust her, and as a result is finally caught and eaten by the owl.
The story obviously deals with trust and loyalty set in contrast with the laws of nature. This show features the four animal characters represented by puppets and each manipulated by a specific dancer and a modular set onto which the Banyan tree is video mapped.
In the spirit of the Indian tales, which pose questions about the morals and the reasoning of the characters within, this show proposes a new ending. As the Cat is nearly upon the Lizard, about to kill and eat him, she breaks out of the narrative and questions why she has been cast as the eternal “baddie”. This then provokes a discussion amongst the puppets and we discover a Cat that questions the established roles and the path chosen for her, an Owl who is a stickler for the rules, the Lizard who does not want to make any effort to change anything and the mouse who is too scared to try.
Choreography and direction
Berta Martí, Joel Mesa, Eleonora Tirabassi, Hector Puigdomènech
Creation of the puppets
Taller d’Escenografia de Sant Cugat
Luis San Andrés / Claudia Herrán
Alba Morena, Montse Puga
Assistance in the creation of the puppets
Abmael Henrique, Fernando Soffiatti, Jefferson Keese, Tiago Lima, Ivan Bernardelli
Graphic image design
Centre Cívic Zona Nord, Bia Ribeiro, Duda Paiva Amb la col·laboració del SAT! Sant Andreu Teatre i el Taller de Músics.