Cendres (“Ashes”) is an emotional thriller straddling fiction and reality, equally remarkable and disturbing. Based on the book by Gaute Heivoll, the production tells the true story of a Norwegian arsonist. When Heivoll compares this event to his own life, ambiguous and subtle parallels emerge.
ABOUT THE SHOW
Cendres (“Ashes”) is an emotional thriller straddling fiction and reality, equally remarkable and disturbing. Based on the book by Gaute Heivoll, the production tells the true story of a Norwegian arsonist. When Heivoll compares this event to his own life, ambiguous and subtle parallels emerge. Behind multiple housefires lies an intimate narrative, one that examines the mad fire at the bottom of every human being.
Conceived and directed by Yngvild Aspeli
Performers: Pierre Tual or Viktor Lukawski, Aitor Sanz Juanes, Andreu Martinez Costa (created with Pierre Tual and Amador Artiga)
Scenography: Charlotte Maurel and Gunhild Mathea Olaussen
Puppet makers: Polina Borisova, Sebastien Puech, Yngvild Aspeli, Carole Allemand, Sophie Coeffic
Costumes: Sylvia Denais
Soundscore: Guro Moe Skumsnes and Ane-Marthe Sorlie Holen
Video: David Lejard-Ruffet
Light and Technical management: Xavier Lescat
Outside eye: Philippe Genty and Mary Underwood
Production management: Claire Costa
Coproduction: Cie Philippe Genty ; Figurteatret I Nordland (Norway)
With support from: MCNN Centre de Création et de Production (France), Le Mouffetard – Théâtre des arts de la marionette a Paris (France), Théâtre du fil de l’eau, Pantin; Théâtre de la Girandole, Montreuil; La Nef Manufacture d’utopies, Pantin; Direction des Affaires Culturelles – DRAC Bourgogne (France); Nord Trondelag Teater; Norsk Kulturrad; Norlands Fylkeskommune; Fritt Ord; Fond For Lyd og Bilde, FFUK (Norway).
Supported by the Royal Norwegian Consulate General.
Images by Kristin Asfloy Opdan and Fancon Bilbille
Since 2008, Yngvild Aspeli, Norwegian director of Plexus Polaire, meets in her shows a true team in confidence and complicity dedicated to the artistic creation. Through images and words, sounds and gestures, imagination and substance, Plexus Polaire gives life to the most deeply buried feelings.
Blair Thomas & Co. is the organization behind the Chicago International Puppet Theater Festival. Led by Founder and Artistic Director Blair Thomas, the company has been creating original, intimate puppet theater works since 2002.
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