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Tibet: Through the Red Box (for adults)

Tibet: Through the Red Box (for adults)
4 Glen Morris Street, Luella Massey Theatre
Time: Feb 11th, 8:00 pm End: Feb 13th, 8:00 pm
Interest Categories: Slavic Studies (FAS), Humanities, English and Drama (UTM), English (UTSC), English (FAS), East Asian Studies (FAS), Drama, Theatre, Performance Studies (FAS), Comparative Literature (FAS), 2000-
Performances by Cake and Puppets / Buchty a Loutky Theatre

The Jackman Humanities Institute Program for the Arts is pleased to present three performances by

Cake and Puppets / Buchty a Loutky Theatre

Tibet: Through the Red Box

Cakes and Puppets/Buchty a Loutky is an experimental puppet theatre company from the Czech Republic. Founded in 1991 by graduates of the puppet department of the Prague Academy of the Performing Arts, Cakes and Puppets has premiered over 40 live productions for adults and children and they have designed stop-motion sequences for films including Lars von Trier’s The Antichrist. Their performances combine old toys, discarded objects, and fine art sculpture. Their aesthetic has been called “punk puppetry” and “the theatre of Do-It-Yourself.” Their work spans fairy tales, opera, and a recent “Reloaded” series of puppet productions of classic and cult films including Rocky, Psycho, Jaws, and Barbarella.

For their North American premiere, Cakes and Puppets will bring two productions to the Luella Massey Studio Theatre at the University of Toronto. The first is their adaptation of Petr Sis’s Caldecott Award-winning book Tibet: Through the Red Door. Sis’s father, a documentary filmmaker, was sent to China in the 1950s to film a Chinese construction crew building a highway. Separated from the workers and caught in a blizzard, the elder Sis witnessed events that he could only communicate to his son through tales of gentle Yetis, an encounter with the Dalai Lama, and other “magical stories.” In 1994, Sis discovered his father’s diary, locked in a red box, with the message “The diary is now yours.” Tibet filters Cold War intercultural tensions through the eyes of a child—and an adult reflecting on his Central European past.

PERFORMANCES:  Tibet: Through the Red Box
Feb. 11, 12, and 13 at 8pm

Tickets: $10 students and seniors; $20 full price

Each performance of Tibet will include an introduction by a scholar or a local artist or will feature a roundtable discussion with Cakes and Puppets. Please check the Facebook event page (Cakes and Puppets/ Buchty a Loutky) for schedule details. Tickets are available through www.uofttix.ca or call 416-978-8849.

The visit of Cakes and Puppets is made possible through generous grants of support from the following organizations:

  • The Centre for Drama, Theatre, and Performance Studies
  • The Jackman Humanities Institute
  • The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council
  • The Centre for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies
  • The Department of English, UTSG
  • The Department of English and Drama, UTM
  • The Department of English, UTSC
  • The Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures
  • The Centre for Comparative Literature
  • The Office of the Vice Dean, School of Graduate Studies

The visit will also include the screening of La Calisto (10 February at 6:30 pm) and performances of a children's play, Three Little Pigs (12 and 13 February at 1:00 pm.) Please see separate listings here for further information.

Download press release [pdf]

Download detailed schedule [pdf]

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C and P poster


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