Casteliers is Celebrating its 15th Anniversary!
Over the past 15 years, Casteliers has presented outstanding puppet shows by local and international artists for adult and family audiences. Our 2019-2020 season will celebrate this important anniversary by presenting seven shows by artists from Belgium, the United States and Québec, as well a 2020 Festival de Casteliers that will leave its mark in our history.
In October, Casteliers is happy to announce it is renewing its partnership with Théâtre Aux Écuries to present CHIMPANZEE by American artist Nick Lehane. This show without words premiered in New York in the spring of 2019 and is based on actual events. It tells the story of a lone, aging female as she looks back at the pieces of her childhood spent with a human family. In November, Casteliers, along with another long-time partner, Théâtre Outremont present RÉCIT D’UNE CHAUSSURE by the Libre Course theatre company (Montréal). In order to create this charming object theatre show, the company artists scoured the city in search of stories about shoes and the people who wear them.
In December, three shows will be presented at the Maison internationale des arts de la marionnette (International House of Puppetry Arts – MIAM). To start the month off, pre-K children are invited on a journey of discovery of the world of books as objects and vectors of history with CECI N’EST PAS UN LIVRE, a playful musical theatre show by famous Flemish company Spiegel Theater (Belgium). Casteliers will then present LE PROJET BECKETT, by Tenon Mortaise (Montréal), a show inspired by the tragicomic setting of Samuel Beckett’s Endgame, combining table top puppetry, actor’s theatre and shadow play. To top off the month, Casteliers invites the whole family to get into the holiday spirit with COPEAUX DE NEIGE by Théâtre de Deux mains (Montréal), a fable that tells the story of Saint-Nicolas through the ages and across continents.
Festival de Casteliers
March 4 to 8, 2020, the 15th edition of Festival de Casteliers will showcase artists from France, Finland, Greece, Belgium, Canada and Québec. Shows and activities for all ages will be presented in Outremont and in various theatres across the city. Celebrations start on January 23, 2020, at the festival’s program launch at the Petit Outremont.
In April, Casteliers and Théâtre Outremont present NORDICITÉ, a Théâtre Incliné (Laval) and Nordland Visual Theatre (Norway) coproduction. Presented at the 2017 Festival de Casteliers, Nordicité is a quest, a visual poem, where a wandering artist offers an intimate telling of her encounter with the North, and of the feeling of vertigo she experiences as she faces an immensity she is unable to seize. In May, Casteliers is happy to announce its renewed partnership with the Petits bonheurs festival to present a show especially for toddlers. More information available in March.