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World on a String/Vitrine sur le Monde (Celebrating Cultural Diversity)

Presented by Maritime Marionettes

Available only as a prerecorded presentation
Livestream post show Q & A available to accompany prerecorded performances
Prerecorded performance and Q&A available in both English and French

World on a String photo

  • Grade Levels: PP to 8
  • Duration: 50 min. with optional question and answer period
  • Cost: 
    Prerecorded performances: $50 + HST per class viewing
    Livestream Q&A: $150 + HST (multiple classes at one school can join livestream Q&A for the same price)
  • Format: Prerecorded performance and livestream Q&As happen with password protected link and Google Meet arrangements for Q&A.
  • Booking Dates: Available on request during the school year
  • Languages: English or French
  • Workshops available by special arrangement:
    • Virtual Rod Puppet Making Workshop
      Grade Levels: Grades P to 8, (workshop is adapted for younger grades)
      Students make their own puppets – engaging for all ages, all genders – students keep their puppets. Great for class presentations!
      Virtual workshop length 1hour 15 mins.
      Materials fee per puppet made: rod puppet $15 (plus tax)
      (school provides glue guns, pencils and scissors – shipping costs covered by PERFORM!)

    Please contact coordinator[at]performns.ca for more details.

Darryll Taylor and Heather Taylor
Marionette Design, construction: Heather Taylor and Darryll Taylor
Costumes: Heather Taylor, Jacqueline Allen
Soundscape: original by Heather Taylor, excerpts from Petrouchka, Stravinsky
Petrouchka Choreography: Mary Lou Martin

World on a String is inspired by the four corners of the world, and performed with four styles of marionettes embracing an audience of four generations, young and old. Interpretive scenes of Russia, China, USA, Africa and home are woven into a showcase of enchanting marionette artistry.

  • First Flight
    Performed to the traditional Chinese folk song, Jasmine flower, First Flight is a celebration of the birth a baby dragon, by the people and birds of the land. Featured in this vignette is a traditional character from Fujian province in China. This striking marionette is performed complete with its original costume, bamboo frame and controller.
  • Petrouchka
    In the Russian ballet Petrouchka, three puppets are brought to life to the music of Igor Stravinsky’s celebrated orchestral masterpiece. Petrouchka, the Ballerina and the Moor are characters from a long tradition of popular street theatre, throughout Europe. This comedic trio, has performed in France, at the World Puppetry Festival, in Quebec city with the Quebec Symphony Orchestra, and in Monaco, for Princess Caroline at the 100th anniversary of Les Ballets Russes.
  • B’ ball Obama
    B’ball Obama, the basketball player, is a playful impersonation of the 44th President of the United States of America. He highlights the joy of doing what you love in life. Set to groovy tunes, this a one-of-a-kind marionette stretches and warms up before he hilariously dribbles the ball and lands a slam dunk.
  • Kitchen Party
    Theresa the Celtic dancer dances to tunes played by her father, John Angus, on his miniature violin. Kitchen parties are popular in many corners of the world and at this party even the dog and cat join in the fun!
  • Dreamland
    Dreamland is a whimsical vignette where the dreams of Kofi, a young girl from Ghana, come to life. She frolics and plays with her toy animals to traditional sounds of African drum, harp and marimba. The surprising antics of the animals illustrates that marionette theatre can be as easy as putting strings on your favourite stuffed toy.Heather and Darryll Taylor, in their 33rd year as a performing couple, bring to the stage original creations and masterful manipulation that must be seen live to be believed.

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