A small set, 2 puppeteers and loads of live special effects in 45 minutes of adventure!
Puppet theatre dates back to time immemorial, having probably emerged in response to the needs of primitive man. Puppet theatre and cinema have much in common. They both create visual dreams, a cosmogony where the wondrous can be found side-by-side with the most heinous monsters, taking us on journeys with the help of visual effects.
In its infancy, and still today, cinema borrowed techniques from puppet theatre to bring several fantastic characters to life: Godzilla, Yoda, King Kong and many others.
We want to experience this adventure from the other perspective. King Kong was the first film to have a giant monster created by movie magic. A lot of special effects were used for this film.King Kong is part of our shared culture, the myth of the wild freed from an unfamiliar part of nature. The monster against civilisation. The innocent against the lucre!
Re-writing this story for a puppet play is a challenge. Making it short, but giving it a great interpretation. Telling a story at the pace of a film, telling it through the audience’s eyes as if they were cameras and using the film’s clichés imprinted into their minds.
The tale of a metaphor about harnessing power from nature and how it all ends. Nature, depicted in a wild, destructive and unrelenting masculine form! Civilised man defends the lucre/the wild man maintains balance by sacrificing virgins. We are all telling a simple, yet very compelling moral story.
Creation | Yiorgos Karakantzas and Amândio Anastácio
Artistic Director | Yiorgos Karakantzas
Assistant Director | Ildeberto Gama
Performers / Puppeteers | Amândio Anastácio and Susana Nunes
Set and Puppets | Ildeberto Gama, Amândio Anastácio and Yiorgos Karakantzas
Puppet Construction | Susana Malhão and Amândio Anastácio
Set Construction | João Evaristo Sousa
Lighting Design and Projection Machines | João Sofio
Live Music | João Bastos
Production | Teresa Mendes
Co-production | Alma d’Arame and Anima Theatre
Translation / Adaptation | Adelina Cristóvão and Ildeberto Gama
Supported by | Montemor-o-Novo City Council
Organisation funded by | DGARTES and the Portuguese Government