When the light goes out at night, in the children’s room, like a dream, the things and characters that populate our imagination come to life. The world of night is full of shadows, of things we can’t see well, of adventures, of fantastic and slightly unsettling characters.
To face the fears of the night, “Pour Bien Dormir”, or “Para Bem Dormir”, offers us a fun and poetic journey, in which it shows us curious monsters, incredible creatures, strange, mysterious and captivating beings.
“Pour Bien Dormir” is the meeting between two image creators, a puppeteer and an illustrator, Paulo Duarte and Tjalling Houkema, which leads us into an imaginary full of shadows, images and sounds, between dream and reality, between sleep and the wake.
It is conceived as a visual narrative, a dive into the poetry of the connection with these fanciful, charming and cruel beings, so intimate with our fears, temptations and desires.
“Pour Bien Dormir” combines puppetry and ancestral techniques, such as shadow theater, with small technological touches, a common feature in the work of the MECANIkA company, in the exploration of different artistic languages.
“Pour bien dormi”, by Paulo Duarte, is an invitation to name the invisible monsters and challenge them to play (…). In a journey through the world of shadows, illusion and animism are the vehicles of poetic narrative; in the game of changing shapes, scales and contrasts, the disturbing characters incite curiosity, the frenzy of fright and laughter. In the passage from the haunted to the enchanted, the soundscape created by Morgan Daguenet’s music welcomes us into a dreamlike space of mystery and evasion. In this space between dream and reality, it is possible to dance with fears in order to calm them down, face what comes to life when the lights go out, peek at what is unsettling. find out what lights up next.” – Catarina Firmo, Online Signals
Conception PAULO DUARTE AND TJALLING HOUKEMA
Interpretation PAULO DUARTE
Sound Universe and Sound Programming MORGAN DAGUENET
Light Design and Programming FABIEN BOSSARD
Outside Look IGOR GANDRA
Photographs PEDRO SARDINHA AND ERIS MASSUA
Co-production MIMA – ASSOCIATION FILENTROPE, ASSOCIATION BOUILLON CUBE, THÉÂTRE LE PÉRISCOPE, ASSOCIATION MARIONNETTISSIMO, WITH THE SUPPORT OF RÉGION OCCITANIE IN THE FRAMEWORK OF “RÉSIDENCES ASSOCIATIONS”
Partners MIMA, MIREPOIX; MARIONNETTISSIMO, TOURNEFEUILLE; THÉÂTRE DU PÉRISCOPE, NÎMES; BOUILLON CUBE, CAUSSE DE LA SELLE; USINOTOPIE, VILLEMUR-SUR-TARN; ESPACE PÉRIPHÉRIQUE, PARIS; AU BOUT DU PLONGEOIR, THORIGNÉ-FOUILLARD – RENNES; JARDIN PARALLLE, REIMS; THÉÂTRE DES QUATRE SAISONS, GRADIGNAN; IRON THEATER, PORTO; FIMP, PORT; MOMIX, KINGERSHEIM
Supports DRAC OCCITANIE, RÉGION OCCITANIE; PYRÉNÉES MÉDITERRANÉE, LA RÉGION OCCITANIE; PYRÉNÉES MÉDITÉRRANÉE, SPEDIDAM; COLLECTIFEN IN JEUX; MONTPELLIER MÉDITERRANÉE METROPOLE
Contact: Malaposta Cultural Center