QuestFest: The Best in Visual Theater
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The last date listed for QuestFest was Saturday April 5, 2014 / 2:00pm (Dario Fo's Mistero Buffo).
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March 26-27, 2014: Michele Cremaschi’s *_Augmented Pinocchio*_
Augmented Pinocchio is a performance of a new genre we call “Augmented Comedy.” Ironic body language – visual comedy – a tale told also by other, more ethereal bodies, digital representations that are just as present in space as the bodies in the real world, which without requiring physical support for their projection “augment” the perception of the scene. The story’s characters can be portrayed in one scene by the actor, by the actor’s hologram in another, through an unprecedented operation for the theater: the virtual body is able to act and react with the actor in flesh and blood and enables a real, not simulated interactivity, granting a freshness to the stage and set that ushers the spectator into a magic illusory dimension. Modern videogame technology permits bodily movements to be plotted in real time; specific software adjusts and positions the virtual sets and characters, placing a powerful tool at the service of story-telling, and not just technological performance for its own sake.
March 28, 29 and 30, 2014: Passe Partout’s *_Two of Us*_
Two of Us is an elegant story beyond the borders of language and cultures, which combines scenically movements, music, and imagery. The perfect combination of dance and theater conduct the spectator into a dream world. A classical love story full of sensitivity and expressivity, the pure human gesture unites the love senses and the arts and the music energy thorough a millenary way from Vivaldi and Pierro dela Francesca to contemporary way of living.
March 30, 2014 : Yanomi Shohinz’s *_A Day in the Life of Miss Hiccup*_
The mysterious Miss Hiccup lives alone, but is definitely not lonely. She is forever accompanied by a raucous cast of sounds and music that make her life an absurd adventure.
April 2, 4 & 5, 2014: Ramesh Meyyappan* in Dario Fo’s*_** Mistero Buffo**_
A drunk, power-crazy pope, a cripple riding piggyback on a blind man, and Jesus walk into a theater, but only one man shows up on stage. This may sound like the setup to a very bad joke, but it’s the basic outline of Dario Fo’s brilliantly funny Mistero Buffo. The drunkard seen throughout this adaptation is the common man who is judged by a self-righteous angel for purely wanting to enjoy life. As in Fo’s play, Christ appears in this adaptation — not as a God like Symbol, but a positive life affirming symbol who cares for and assists the drunk in his times of need. Performed as a one-man show by Ramesh Meyyappan, one of Singapore’s most versatile and respected physical actors, this version interacts with the audience through silent banter and beautifully sensitive physicality.
April 3 & 5, 2014: Merlin Puppet Theatre’s *_Clown’s Houses*_
One building, five apartments and six main characters. Comic-tragic personalities, leading a miserable life which they aren’t afraid to lose but they are afraid to live. The spectator is watching them live their conventional lives in a dark, claustrophobic setting, with their fears, obsessions and loneliness. Through the dark rooms of Clown’s Houses the loneliness of the modern man is displayed; prison-like houses, people trapped into their routines and habits, distant from their dreams.
All shows listed are appropriate for all ages.