Puppet theatre

Archipel © Illustration Pony
Archipel © Stephanie Baran
Archipel © Stephanie Baran
Archipel © Stephanie Baran
Archipel © Stephanie Baran
Archipel © Stephanie Baran
  • In-person event

  • Français
  • Ages 3-8

Performance options Start time Language Availability
Monday, December 12, 2022 9:45 am French sold out
Tuesday, December 13, 2022 9:45 am French sold out

“A show in the shape of islands”

Permission to fantasize: If you invented your own island, what would it look like? A tropical paradise or a lichen-covered rock teeming with reptilian creatures? Because islands have a lot to tell, the creators of L’Illusion invite you to tour their imaginary archipelago and explore the many versions of this dream space, isolated from the rest of the world. 

Three star-sisters, a puppeteer, a dancer and a musician go on an adventure—and you’ll never believe what they’ll see! At every stop, a new surprise, a new encounter. So they have to find a new way to communicate, to connect to each other, to be together.  

The stage looks like a cosmic landscape, with wave-shaped arches that ripple and transform the space. But who are those UFO-like puppet characters roaming those interstellar seas? You’ll also see balls of light flying around and hear instruments playing music so enchanting you can almost touch it. What more can we say? 

Oh yes! Your five senses are already saying, “Thanks for the wonderful trip!” 

  • Adults

    One free adult chaperone ticket for every 15 student admissions purchased. Special Needs Assistants are admitted free of charge. Any additional chaperones are allowed at the discretion of the National Arts Centre and are charged $9 (HST included). 

  • Payment deadlines

    Full payment is required by the payment deadline (5 weeks before the performance). The NAC reserves the right to cancel any orders submitted but not paid for by the payment deadline.  

  • Seating

    There are no reserved seats for NAC student matinee performances. Instead of tickets you will receive a letter of admission and groups will be seated on a first-come, first-served basis at the performance.  The letter of admission will be issued upon receipt of full payment. 

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  • Developed and directed by Sabrina Baran
  • With Paola Huitrón, Citlali Germé Trevino and Maryse Poulin
  • Dramaturg and writer Louis-Charles Sylvestre
  • Sets Laurence Gagnon Lefebvre
  • Lighting Audrey-Anne Bouchard 
  • Soundscape Maryse Poulin
  • Puppets Sophie Deslauriers and Laurence Gagnon Lefebvre
  • Assistance with puppet construction Céline Chevrier
  • Costumes Sophie Deslauriers
  • Produced by L’Illusion, théâtre de marionnettes

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