by Lynn on October 9, 2022

in The Passionate Playgoer

Live and in person at the Factory Theatre, Mainspace, as part of the RUTAS Festival, Toronto, Ont. on until, Oct. 9 at 3:00 pm.

Costume design, creation and performance, Nina Vogel

Artistic director, Roslyn Black

Conductor, Maziar Heidari

Puppets, props, headpiece design, construction, Nina Vogel

Wooden Body Piece Design and Sculpture, Nina Vogel and Fernando Fagundes

Lutherie Pieces Sculpture, Rogério Fagundes

Creation of Mechanisms & Automaton, Eduardo Salzane

Dressmaker, Melissa Vargas

Musicians, Euphonia Orchestra

This is a stunning show for children (but not too young) based on the story and music by Sergei Prokofiev. It’s about a young boy who captures a wolf. Simple. But this production is anything but.

Nina Vogel brings her brilliance as a puppeteer, artist, creator, from Brazil. She narrates the story, but it’s her puppet creations and the many artists she worked with who helped create this stunning show. She wears a dazzling dress created by Melissa Vargas that is shaped around a rigid frame that contains many pockets. From these pockets come the various puppets of the boy, his grandfather, a duck, a bird and the wolf, who will aid Nina Vogel in the telling of the story. The Euphonia Orchestra in on stage with her performing the music. The secret and true artistry of the puppet creations and Nina Vogel’s head piece/fascinator, is that they all represent some part of a musical instrument. Even her head piece is composed of sheets of music.

The meticulous care and imagination are truly stunning.

RUTAS Festival presents:

Plays until: Oct. 9 at 3:00 pm

Running Time: 2 hours. (this includes a Q & A and a short film on the creation of the puppets).

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