The Friday, November 4 performance will be followed by a discussion with IRIS (Institut de recherche et d’informations socio-économiques) researchers.
Brief video presentation
This solo performance (presented in French and in English) is an exceptionally timely response to the current conversation about immigration and identity. With expertise, intelligence and quirky humour, Paul Zaloom exposes the out-of-hand socio-political sideslipping afflicting the planet.
In the first part of this two-part puppet show, Paul Zaloom introduces Mr. Butch Manly, a ventriloquist dummy who has been packed away in a box for 50 years. As the actor updates the dummy on current affairs, the dummy learns that things have changed significantly over the past 50 years… Paul Zaloom then goes on to recount the adventures of White-Man, an intergalactic Caucasian hero that has come to civilize Earth. After generously improving the lives of the “Indigenous” population, he becomes a philanthropist Santa Claus that kicks “aliens” out of the United States and combats socialism. He finally realizes with shock that white folks will become a minority in the U.S. in 2040. What will White-Man do? Video teaser
During their Montréal visit, Paul Zaloom and Lynn Jeffries will lead a puppetry workshop where participants will create a 5-minute paper theatre piece.
Trainers: Lynn Jeffries and Paul Zaloom
Date and Time: 10 am, October 31st, 2016, to 5 p.m., November 2, 2016
Location: Théâtre Aux Écuries
Language: French and English
Price: $125 (incl. taxes and non-refundable $25 registration fee)
Paul Zaloom and Lynn Jeffries will also present their feature-length, paper theatre animated movie DANTE’S INFERNO, directed by Sean Meredith. The projection will be followed by a question and answer period.
Dante’s Inferno is a subversive, darkly comedic update of the original 14th century literary classic. Set against an all-too-familiar urban backdrop of used car lots, gated communities, strip malls and the U.S. Capitol, the story is retold with the use of intricately hand-drawn paper puppets and miniature sets. This unusual travelogue takes viewers on a tour of hell, fittingly populated with a contemporary cast of reprobates, including famous — and infamous — politicians, presidents, popes and pimps. And the Prince of Darkness himself.
Sporting a hoodie and a hangover from the previous night’s debauchery, Dante (voiced by Dermot Mulroney) wakes to find he is lost — physically and metaphorically — in a strange part of town. He asks the first guy he sees for help: The ancient Roman poet Virgil (voiced by James Cromwell). As our paper Dante spirals down through the nine circles of hell, he comes to understand the underworld’s merciless machinery of punishment, emerging a new man destined to change the course of his life. But not, of course, the brand of his beer.
DANTE’S INFERNO (animated movie for adults, 76 min, 2007)
Tuesday, November 1st, 2016, at 6.30 p.m.
Concordia Engineering and Visual Arts Building
1515 Sainte-Catherine Street West
Montréal, QC H3G 2W1
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