Arts and Culture for Early Years       May 11 – 20, 2019        

Mokatek and the Missing Star (Mokatek et l’étoile disparue )

Ondinnok Theatre (Montreal) and Vox Theatre (Ottawa), Canada

at The Assembly Hall Theatre

Genre: Theatre/Puppetry (Théâtre/marionnettes)

A theatrical blend of puppets, objects, songs and music, this multisensory show emerges from a deep desire to introduce children aged 2.5 to 5, and their parents, to Indigenous languages and First Nations cosmology. Through their close encounter with the Abenakis (“people of the land of the dawn”) and the Maliseet (“people of the beautiful river”) children will learn about the rich cultures of these First Peoples.

One thing Mokatek loves to do before sleep every night is to count the stars. Ever since his mother disappeared beneath the river waters, he likes to recount his day to the brightest star in the sky, his compass that protects him from above: the North Star. One night, during a full moon, the North Star disappears. It is the beginning of an initiation journey to find the bright star and realize his inner strength and courage.

En Francais:
Marionnettes, objets, chansons et musique sont au rendez-vous de cette œuvre multisensorielle née d’un profond désir de permettre aux enfants et à leurs parents de découvrir les langues et la cosmogonie autochtones. En allant à la rencontre des Abénaquis (« le peuple de la terre de l’aube ») et des Malécites (« le peuple de la belle rivière »), les enfants découvriront la riche culture de ces Premières Nations.

Chaque soir, avant de s’endormir, Mokatek compte les étoiles. Depuis que sa mère a disparu dans les eaux de la rivière, il aime raconter sa journée à la plus brillante des étoiles du ciel, sa boussole protectrice : l’Astre du Nord. Une nuit de pleine lune, l’Astre du Nord disparaît. Ainsi commence un voyage initiatique lors duquel Mokatek tente de retrouver son étoile, et qui lui permettra de prendre conscience de sa force et de son courage intérieurs.

Created by Ondinnok Theatre (Montreal) and Vox Theatre (Ottawa)

Author and interpreter | Dave Jenniss
Director | Pier Rodier
Singer and musician | Élise Boucher-DeGonzague
Scenographer | Julie-Christina Picher
Lighting Designer | Chantal Labonté
Puppet and stage props designers | Manon Doran and Pier Rodier
Soundtrack Designer | Michel DeMars
Creative costume of Pokjinskwes | Danielle Boucher
Movement Consultant | Leticia Vera
Technical Director | Anne Parent
Production Managers | Amélie Girard
Communications Officer | Anaïs Gache

Show times

May 14 12h30 (En Francaise)
May 14 at 10h (En Francaise)
May 15 at 10h (English)
May 15 at 12h30 (English)
May 16 at 10h (English)
May 16 at 12h30 (English)

About Ondinnok Theatre (Montreal) and Vox Theatre (Ottawa)

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