Fifteen artists on stage, puppets, backdrops, musicians and a film shot and projected live: Kid Koala transports his show, The Storyville mosquitothree evenings at Le Diamant.
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After Montreal, Abu Dhabi, Germany, Sweden, Denmark, Toronto, San Francisco and Taiwan, it’s Quebec City’s turn to host this fascinating fresco on February 22nd, 23rd and 24th.
The Storyville Mosquito tells the story of a young Mosquito who leaves his small country town to seek fame and fortune in a big city. His dream ? Playing in one of the greatest bands of all time.
The idea for this multimedia show came after the Nufonia Must Fall tour. A creation in the same mold with puppets, a string quartet, cameras and based on his graphic novel of the same name. A show that has been performed on five continents for four years.
“We had so much fun. The craftsmen asked me at the end of the tour if there would be a sequel to this adventure. I told them about this mosquito figure I had in mind since 2003. I showed them the storyboard and it had something to do with it to do,” the 48-year-old DJ and creator, who lives in Montreal, told during an interview.
On stage, 15 performers manipulate puppets, filmed in miniature sets and with a string trio generating in real time the soundtrack of an animated film projected onto a giant screen.
“It’s a very complex choreography. You have to pay attention to what everyone is doing on stage. It’s like being on a surfboard when you’re 15. It’s a lot of fun for us and especially the way there. It’s a show that’s very close to my heart,” said the one who will be at the piano and behind the turntables.
Kid Koala clarifies that there is no dialogue in this show, which is intended for the whole family. An idea tied to a childhood memory.
“I was 6 or 7 years old. It was in Vancouver where I grew up. My mother wanted us to go to a family movie with the grandparents. I wasn’t interested. I wanted to play more with my Lego bricks,” he said.
That film was Charlie Chaplin’s Modern Times.
It starts. It was old and black and white. It was a far cry from, say, Star Wars movies. And suddenly, five minutes into it, I was right in the middle of this movie, with moments where three generations are sharing the same Places were laughing. Something happened in my head. I wanted to recreate that energy with laughter and tears,” he said.