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

Presented by Maritime Marionettes

(Prerecorded for Covid-19 presentation, live post show Q & A available, available in English and French)

World on a String photo

  • Grade Levels: PP to 8
  • Duration: 50 min. with optional question and answer period
  • Cost: For 2020-21 only, there will be no cost to the schools
    Usual cost $650 + HST for one show, $1,100 for two shows, same day, same location
  • Format: For 2020-21 only, production is prerecorded
  • Audience size: 350 with stage, 200 without stage
  • Booking Dates: Available on request during the school season
  • Languages: English, French
  • Workshops available by special arrangement:
    Introduction to Puppetry for grades 3 and up (1 hr, max 3 per day)
    Marionette Making for grades 5 and up (2.5 – 3 hrs, 1 per day)
    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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