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The Storyville Mosquito

Puppet theater by Kid Koala

"The Storyville Mosquito" is a unique fusion of music, puppet theater, and live film production. In his magical stage show, Canadian DJ and theater maker Kid Koala tells the heart-warming story of a young clarinet-playing mosquito who leaves its small village to find fame and fortune in the big city. Its goal: to play in one of the greatest jazz bands of all time at Sid Villa's Music Hall.

What is presented on stage is a virtuoso performance and a spectacle for the senses. In real time, 15 people with 75 puppets and eight moving cameras create a Hollywood-worthy animated film, right in front of the audience. The soundtrack is provided by a live string trio and multi-instrumentalist Kid Koala on the turntables, the clarinet, and a variety of other instruments.

"The Storyville Mosquito" tells of the pursuit of happiness, failure, and the courage to get up and try again. It is a tribute to life’s small moments of joy that goes straight to the heart. A funny, emotional, Chaplin-esque live theater experience for the whole family – and cross-genre art at its best.

Kid Koala, born Eric San, is a Montreal-based scratch DJ, film composer, theater producer, and visual artist. He has released six solo albums and has toured and collaborated with artists like Radiohead, Arcade Fire, Beastie Boys, Gorillaz, The Preservation Hall Jazz Band, and Deltron 3030. He has composed music for the National Film Board of Canada, several US television networks, Sesame Street, the Winter Olympics, and has been involved in soundtracks for several films including The Great Gatsby, Baby Driver, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, and Looper.

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The creation of this show was made possible thanks to the support of Place des Arts de Montreal and its Foundation. Created with the support from the Canada Council for the Arts. Developed with support from The National Art Centre’s National Creation Fund.

Presented in cooperation with the puppet theatre festival FIDENA Bochum (7 to 12 May 2024). Further information at www.fidena.de

Musicians: Eric San (Kid Koala), Markus Takizawa (Violin), David Campbell (Cello), Lana Tomlin (Viola),
Puppeteers: Patrick Martel, Anne Lalancette, Colin St-Cyr Duhamel, Sandra Turgeon
Cinematographer: AJ Korkidakis
Sound Mix Engineer: Rena Kozak
Live Video Editor and SFX: Phil Creamer
Tour Manager: Brian Neuman
Assistant Puppeteers: Alizee Millot & Maggie Winston

Age: 8+
Language notice: No language skills required

Photo: kkp

Duration: 1h 20m
no interval

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