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Montréal's acclaimed 'Words of Dynamite' theater company explores the wonder of the places we inhabit in this wildly imaginative production for very young audiences. Two characters, Téqui (Who-are-you) and Téou (Where-are-you) create delightful vignettes from found objects and simple materials in order to better understand one another. As they play, their feet become cars, their heads houses, their arms pathways, and their voices cities. In this way, even the smallest audiences members are invited to consider big questions about how we inhabit our bodies, our homes, our neighborhoods, and our planet.
About the Performers:
Since 1988, Des mots d'la dynamite has been a pioneer in the field of interdisciplinary arts, creating shows for small children and their families that incorporate theater, puppetry, dance, music, and visual/media arts. The company has been seen throughout Canada, France, Italy, the United States, and Cuba, and has performed for theaters, museums, artist-run centers, festivals, and other cultural events. This performance is their Boston debut.
In 2008, the company decided to focus on a relatively unexplored area of the Canadian performing arts: the very young audience (18 months to 5 years old). 'Scenes from a Tree' premiered in 2009 and toured internationally, including to Sandglass Theater's Puppets in the Green Mountains Festival in Vermont. In 2013, 'Where I Live,' co-written with the children and educators of a Montreal daycare center, became the company's newest production.
Reflecting on the experience of performing for very young audiences, company co-founder and General and Artistic Director Nathalie Derome writes 'We are thrilled to have such candid spectators who challenge us to listen actively and respond openly...for some children, this is their first contact with the performing arts; for others, it is a whole new experience. As performers...we are exhilarated when we make eye contact with an inquisitive youngster who is surrounded by strangers in an unfamiliar place. Our shows are a tribute to poetry, creative thinking, and the freedom of being.'
Recommended for ages 18 months to 5 years old. Very gentle, interactive visual storytelling; visible puppeteers.