Puppeteers Plexus Polaire present ’Ashes’ [fr]
French puppetry troupe Plexus Polaire will present “Ashes,” the haunting tale of a small Norwegian community rattled by multiple mysterious house fires, this spring at Atlanta’s Center for Puppetry Arts.
The show, which is based on the semi-autobiographical novel “Before I Burn” by Norwegian author Gaute Heivoll, introduces a memorable cast of characters in the form of life-size puppets: a pyromaniac, a writer, and many more.
Plexus Polaire’s artistic director Yngvild Aspeli is particularly interested in the interplay between puppet and human. She studied theater at the Jacques Lecoq School in Paris before joining the prestigious Institut International de la Marionenette in Charleville-Mézières, France (ESNAM). Most of her works are inspired by literature: In 2017 she created “Chambre Noire,” a show which is touring the United States and is based on a novel by Swedish author Sara Stridsberg. She is also working on an adaptation of Hermann Melville’s “Moby Dick” set to run in 2020.
Puppetry, once regarded as children’s theater, has experienced extraordinary growth over the past 50 years and is now recognized as a field of contemporary art comprising everything from live performance to visual art. It explores the relationship between the animate and inanimate with bursting shapes, colors and techniques.
“Ashes” will run at the Atlanta Center for Puppetry Arts from March 1-3 at 8:00 p.m.
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Above photo: Plexus Polaire’s artistic director Yngvild Aspeli. Photo by Kristin Aafløy Opdan