Teater Refleksion and Branar Téatar
The Way Back Home
Play Park: A festival for children and grown-ups
he Danish theater company Teater Refleksion is internationally acclaimed for its poetic worlds and sophisticated sensibility while Branar Téatar creates work that allows children’s imaginations to soar. A co-production between the two companies, The Way Back Home is based on the popular children’s book by Oliver Jeffers about a boy’s amazing adventure. Told without dialogue, the story comes to live with just music and puppets.
Riding on an airplane he finds in his closet, the boy travels into outer space but unexpected troubles await him. As he struggles to overcome his dilemma, audiences find themselves wanting to embrace the boy as they become transfixed by the tale. This adventure into an unknown world created against a completely black backdrop is filled with love, bravery, and kindness.
- 2016 AUTUMN
- UKYO FUREAI CULTURE HALL, KYOTO CITY KURETAKE CULTURE CENTER
Teater Refleksion and Branar Téatar
Teater Refleksion and Branar Téatar has all together produced more than 30 performances for children. Though separate theatres with each a style of their own, they do have common ground; a dedication to devising as a creative method for the production of performances for children, using puppets and animation in the performances, for telling simple stories about the big issues in life, and for using no or very simple language.
Teater Refleksion creates poetic and imaginative theatre performances for children and adults alike. Puppets are a central and very important part of every performance. The performances are simple in their expression but with a great sense of detail in both puppeteering and in the set design. They use little or no language at all. Instead music, images and of course the puppets convey the stories. The performances often deal with the condition of being human, like the importance of friendship or in having to face your fears, giving the performances a truly universal appeal. “Theatre at its most intense, magical and entertaining best, revolving around the greater things in life.” – Teateravisen Shows like Goodbye Mr. Muffin, Songs from above, Boxy Georg has toured worldwide including The States, Japan, Australia, Brazil and most of Europe building Teater Refleksion’s international reputation.
We tell big stories for little citizens. Branar strive for a simple, elegant form of theatre for young people, that achieves intricacy through the creative use of few means. A style that stimulates the ability to imagine and challenge, while opening a dialogue with our audiences and providing a catalyst for education. We have a responsibility to our audience to ensure that the Branar show they see is the best show that we could make. We spend a long time developing and interrogating our shows to ensure that when the children see it, it is the best it can be. We believe that every child in the Ireland should be allowed to have access to the arts. Since we began we have made thousands of artistic contacts with children.
|Co-produced by||Teater Refleksion (DK) and Branar Téatar (IE), in association with Baboró International Arts Festival for Children.|
|Based on a book||Oliver Jeffers published by Harper Collins Publishers|
|Performers||Aapo Repo (FIN), Neasa Ni Chuanaigh (IE)|
|Director||Bjarne Sandborg (DK), Marc Mac Lochlainn (IE)|
|Puppets and set design||Mariann Aagaard (DK), assisted by Malene Laurvig (DK)|
|Music and sound design||Henrik Andersen (DK), Morten Meilvang Laursen (DK)|
|Lighting design||Morten Ladefoged (DK)|
|Workshop / technique||Morten Meilvang Laursen (DK), William H. Nielsen (DK), Ciarán Kelly (IE)|
|Presented by||Kyoto Experiment|