Sisters, the Warm Embrace, a Théâtre des Confettis creation
Conception and direction: Véronique Côté
Set design and props: Erica Schmitz
Music: Josué Beaucage
Lighting: Jean-François Labbé
Cast: Marie-Josée Bastien and Marianne Marceau
Artistic direction: Hélène Blanchard and Judith Savard
At the end of a road, at the end of the village perhaps, or in the woods next door, there is a very small house nestled among the birches. It is the house of Annou, who has a heavy heart. Rosita arrives like a light yellow spring to brighten her little sister’s day with music, play, and little games.
A show for the very young, from 18 months to 5 years.
Sisters, one happy, one grumpy. The happy sister comes to visit her grumpy sister but finds the house all tied up with red string that makes entering and moving around a bit difficult. The happy sister managers to solve this knotty problem. She has a lovely bouquet of flowers for her sister but her grumpy sister is not cheered. She’s too cold, unhappy, doesn’t want to eat and would like to eat a cloud.
The two performers are inventive and creative with their many props. Houses are cut out of slices of bread. Flowers grow by magic. The beauty of a flower is celebrated as flowers fly by on a clothes line. In her effort to cheer her sister the jolly sister asked the unhappy one what the word “sister” meant. The unhappy one said, “half a cookie.” What a wonderful image for sharing. Loved that.
I thought that at 40 minutes the show seemed a bit too long and perhaps the slow pace might have added to that sense. Still the performers have lovely charm.
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About Théâtre des Confettis
From the time of its founding in 1977, Le Théâtre des Confettis has always placed children at the centre of its work, valuing their talent for subversion, their dreamy, poetic, heartfelt and sometimes crazy reactions, their laughter and their tears, and their fresh, curious and wide-awake approach.