Poemes Visuals (Visual Poems)

PUPPET SHOW INSPIRED BY THE MAGIC OF JOAN BROSSA’S POETRY

PUPPET SHOW INSPIRED BY THE MAGIC OF JOAN BROSSA’S POETRY

PRESENTATION

Visual Poems is a charming show, filling every corner of the stage with an unusual virtuosity, the result of many years of work. On stage a series of simple letters come to life but thanks to great mastery and handling these convert gestures into verse and verse into emotion.

The show is inspired in the magic of the poems of Catalan poet Joan Brossa, borrowing from the magnetism of Brossa’s alphabet, a game of letters with which the poet illustrates his visual poetics.

Visual Poems starts with musician-actor playing the role of a poet; he is carrying a suitcase full of letters made of foam and he starts to play their sounds and shapes, discovering that the letters can be used to create poetry without the need to construct words.

With his guitar and songs, he establishes a warm relationship with the letters that come alive, creating a universe full of characters, choreographies, humor, and drama to show that letters are not just for filling up papers and computers but rather that they can also create a sensitive world of breathtaking simplicity.

The letters, operated by sticks on a table, come alive and transform as the show moves forward: the E becomes a dog that plays with a child, which is the I. A Y and a “U” create a rhythmic dance and a simple “T”, a trampolinist.

THE PRODUCTION

The scene is played out directly before the audience, bathed with delicate lighting effects; the action is accompanied by vocals and guitar.

 

The handling is performed in sight of the spectator: the relationship between the puppeteer and the object brings about a studied, precise and technically perfect choreography.

The show is constructed via sketches, a virtuoso performance the results of hours and hours of practice, years of experience: each movement, each pause, have been studied to perfection to make the characters, the letters made from foam, reach a level of warmth and poetics that is difficult to find on any of stage.

This is a visual show in which live music, movement, minor disputes and poetic gestures are the strings that make for this international quality show.

PRESENTATION

Visual Poems is a charming show, filling every corner of the stage with an unusual virtuosity, the result of many years of work. On stage a series of simple letters come to life but thanks to great mastery and handling these convert gestures into verse and verse into emotion.

The show is inspired in the magic of the poems of Catalan poet Joan Brossa, borrowing from the magnetism of Brossa’s alphabet, a game of letters with which the poet illustrates his visual poetics.

Visual Poems starts with musician-actor playing the role of a poet; he is carrying a suitcase full of letters made of foam and he starts to play their sounds and shapes, discovering that the letters can be used to create poetry without the need to construct words.

With his guitar and songs, he establishes a warm relationship with the letters that come alive, creating a universe full of characters, choreographies, humor, and drama to show that letters are not just for filling up papers and computers but rather that they can also create a sensitive world of breathtaking simplicity.

The letters, operated by sticks on a table, come alive and transform as the show moves forward: the E becomes a dog that plays with a child, which is the I. A Y and a “U” create a rhythmic dance and a simple “T”, a trampolinist.

THE PRODUCTION

The scene is played out directly before the audience, bathed with delicate lighting effects; the action is accompanied by vocals and guitar.

 

The handling is performed in sight of the spectator: the relationship between the puppeteer and the object brings about a studied, precise and technically perfect choreography.

The show is constructed via sketches, a virtuoso performance the results of hours and hours of practice, years of experience: each movement, each pause, have been studied to perfection to make the characters, the letters made from foam, reach a level of warmth and poetics that is difficult to find on any of stage.

This is a visual show in which live music, movement, minor disputes and poetic gestures are the strings that make for this international quality show.

Author and director

Jordi Bertran

Creation of the show

Santi Arnal, Karin Schafer, Toni Zafra, Zilda Torres, Miquel Gallardo  i Jordi Bertran

Performers

Isabel Martinez
Eduardo Telletxea *
Jordi Bertran

Costumes

Ma. Dolors Fernández

Photography

Mireia Margenat

Graphic design

Miquel Llach

Production

Companyia Jordi Bertran

*  In alternation with: Pau Murner, Miquel Nevado, Toni Ubach, David Zuazola and
Ines Alarcon.

Author and director

Jordi Bertran

Creation of the show

Santi Arnal, Karin Schafer, Toni Zafra, Zilda Torres, Miquel Gallardo i Jordi Bertran

Performers

Isabel Martinez
Eduardo Telletxea *
Jordi Bertran

Costumes

Ma. Dolors Fernández

Photography

Mireia Margenat

Graphic design

Miquel Llach

Production

Companyia Jordi Bertran

*  In alternation with: Pau Murner, Miquel Nevado, Toni Ubach, David Zuazola and
Ines Alarcon.

1994

Prize of the Juror

Festival International de la Marionnette

Cannes – France

1995

Prize to the best show

Mostra Internacional de Titelles

Vall d’Albaida – València

1999

Prize of the Juror

MOMIX. Festival de Marionnettes

Kingersheim – France

2002

Prize to the best interpretation

Torun International Puppet Theater’s Festival

Poland

2002

Prize of the Juror to the best company

Torun International Puppet Theater’s Festival

Poland

2002

Prize to the best show

Torun International Puppet Theater’s Festival

Poland

2004

Award

7 Festival International de LUTKE

Ljubeljana – Slovenia

2006

Award

IV International Festival for Puppet Theater PUPPET FAIR

Sofia – Bulgaria

2007

Prize to the best show

L´Association Culturelle du Theâtre Dofin Argenté

France

2011

Award for best performance

Warsaw – Poland

1994

Prize of the Juror

Festival International de la Marionnette

Cannes – France

1995

Prize to the best show

Mostra Internacional de Titelles

Vall d’Albaida – València

1999

Prize of the Juror

MOMIX. Festival de Marionnettes

Kingersheim – France

2002

Prize to the best interpretation

Torun International Puppet Theater’s Festival

Poland

2002

Prize to the best show

Torun International Puppet Theater’s Festival

Poland

2002

Prize of the Juror to the best company

Torun International Puppet Theater’s Festival

Poland

2004

Award

7 Festival International de LUTKE

Ljubeljana – Slovenia

2006

Award

IV International Festival for Puppet Theater PUPPET FAIR

Sofia – Bulgaria

2007

Prize to the best show

L´Association Culturelle du Theâtre Dofin Argenté

France

2011

Award for best performance

Warsaw – Poland

Visual Poems is a show for adults that fascinates children

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