In April, it seemed logical to postpone the 10th edition of the Festival Marionnettes Plein la rue to 2021. A difficult move to make, but one that was necessary under the circumstances.
In June, the possibilities of creating spontaneous events on the island of Montreal made us want to try the experience of an “adapted 9.5” edition, which will therefore take place from August 14 to September 12, 2020.
Giant puppets, inhabited puppets, mouth puppets, direct hold puppets, hybrid puppets and even 2D puppets! They’re all waiting for you on the Promenade Wellington.
But…to be “spontaneous”, you have to adapt…
As requested by Public Health, we therefore give you an appointment without providing you with a date, time and place! It is a bit of chance that will guide this game of encounters between the public and the puppets!
In addition to the strolling that will surprise you on Promenade Wellington, a few fixed shows will be presented for a small number of spectators at a time.
Follow us on social networks to reserve your seats in advance. We will inform you of the steps to follow via email to ensure your safe attendance.
The 9.5 edition will be resolutely singular and intimate!
This dream, which we have carried and reinvented at high “V” speed, will only be realized with your full collaboration and kindness!
*No indication concerning the place of the strolling or the hours will be given publicly or privately.
To all: enjoy the festival!
On Fridays and Saturdays from August 14 to September 12, 2020, open your eyes wide and let yourself be carried away by the magic of the 9.5 edition of the Festival Marionnettes Plein la rue!
- Church Metro
- Éthel multi-storey parking (levels 6 and 7 are free), between de l'Église and Hickson Streets (access from Ethel Street and pedestrian exit on Wellington Street)
- Parking at 3rd Avenue and Wellington Street corner
- Parking at the corner of Gordon and Wellington Streets
- Parking at the corner of Hickson and Ross Streets
For this special edition, the program will be unveiled after the shows.
Come visit our website to find out which puppets you’ve seen on the street and follow us in Instagram and Facebook stories!
Two Travellers in exile, fearing the impending storm, create an umbrella tent to share their surrealist universe. The public is invited to experience this intimate encounter under a shower of poetry. NomadUrbains and Illuzaö have joined their creativity to create this poetic fresco, combining street art, clown, stilt and puppet. A unique opus for these artists who have been active in the public space for nearly 20 years.
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To the tune of Quebec reels played on the violin, four jiggers will follow the rhythm by hitting a wooden board. A musical and festive proposition in which the children will be able to take part by manipulating their jigger.
In addition to the show, a puppet making workshop "Bonhomme gigueur" will be proposed.
Here is a group of itinerant artists arriving on the public square with their caravans full of heterogeneous objects. Singing and playing music, they invite people to come closer, but not too close! To listen to their three stories, from three different cultures! Everyone takes out their equipment and gets ready to tell their story! Follow them in a walkabout that will make you dream and travel while remaining well
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Carmen Poulette and her acolytes will take you to a crazy lipsync show. Moving from the Quebec and French repertoire to American pop, these puppets will be loved by young and old alike as they ignite the Wellington boardwalk with their numbers.More details
It is a walking show inspired by the fantastic creatures of Latin American mythology and popular arts. At once playful and strange, Waykarü seeks to give life in an ephemeral way to this character who, using a giant puppet on stilts, interacts with the audience in his own way and according to his own language.More details
In Isabelle's Garden, when we listen carefully, we hear nature talking to us... we also see ... yes yes... fairies. Under a tree, surrounded by greenery, Isabelle's Garden comes to life and all its meaning.More details
Thematic parent-child puppet making and manipulation workshop presented outdoors for children aged 5 to 12 years old. Under the theme of a large carousel, children and their parents will form teams of budding puppeteers to make a giant paper theater-type puppet featuring a carousel animal.More details
Halfway between a contemplative and interactive living work, Ginka is an almost 12' high inhabited puppet, animated on stilts. Personification of the murmurs of the forest, she materialized and undertook a long journey to come to meet us. Intriguing and colorful, she invites us to take a look at our relationship with nature. She expresses herself using a gestural and non-verbal communicative language. Ginka is distinguished by its atypical aspect and the complexity of its mechanisms; the combination of movements by inertia and direct manipulation makes it surprisingly lively!More details
Object of study: the hand
Welcome to the Bird Ball!
Large and graceful birds, escaped from a lost paradise, invite us to enter their dance. They hypnotize us and carry us away in a whirlwind of beauty, poetry and magic! These birds of passage, emerging from a dreamlike world, stimulate the desire to follow them, to play with them, to swim in the atmosphere of their chimerical world.
Pâshee is a friend of children and he brings crazy stories to life thanks to his watchmaker.
And beware, elephants...they shower a lot!!
It is the story of two old inseparable people. Every day they go for a walk in the park; they feed the birds. But one day, we don't know what happened to them, they disappeared...
Slip gently beside two strange sparrows, ageless figures, figures from all eras, who feed the birds in a remote corner of the garden without suspecting that they may be throwing their last bread crumbs...
Roundness wins you over, big is beautiful! An invitation where all in tenderness, life is flowing smoothly, time plays ball, action makes idleness. This family, inspired by the universe of the Colombian painter Fernando Botero, is all in volume, disproportionately obese, but their flesh is smooth, blossoming. In this show, each moment is prolonged, finds its fullness.More details
Ti-Gus would love to go on a trip, in fact his plane is waiting for him and he has to leave, but unfortunately a lot of obstacles get in his way!More details
Puppet shows representing, in an alternative way,
three moments in the story of Little Red Riding Hood (J. Pommerat's version) in two
It is said that this old couple got lost at sea... On board their tiny boat, a fishing trip in the middle of the city that surprises, touches and offers a breeze of poetry.More details
Once upon a time, on your way, there was a big girl called Big Red Riding Hood. She took her wolf for a walk through towns and forests, meeting all kinds of unknown people. If you are not afraid of the wolf, grab a wafer, push the bobbin and discover the "little hollow" of mother-grandma...More details
We’re waiting for you impatiently for this unique 9.5 edition of Marionnettes Plein la rue!
And while we’re waiting for the 10th edition in 2021, we give you a taste of the Festival in its usual period with a jumble of photos from previous editions.
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