Guided by enigmatic arrows, a scrap-collector steers his tricycle and trailer to the opening of a fantastical maze filled with illusions. A dream-like adventure begins. The tricycle guides the man through his life journey as if it were an uncanny ride at a fairground; through the house of mirrors, the carousels, and the games of chance, leading him through the dark shadows of his past, towards his quest for freedom and into the light. Tricyckle is a spectacle of metamorphosis and transformation using objects and puppetry. As visual theatre without words, the show was conceived of for theatres as well as nonconventional spaces. Tricyckle's intriguing musical score is composed solely of invented instruments created with found objects.
Photos by Êtienne Boisvert
Interpretation: Jacob Brindamour
Staging and Puppets: South Miller
Set Design and Props: Sylvain Longpré
Music: Christian Laflamme
Stage Manager: Paul Foresto
Les Sages Fous propose a theatre of paradoxes: grotesque and poetic, ritual and mundane, domestic and marvelous. The company recreates a lost world where the mask, the puppet, the object, and the human coexist. A theatre where images and gestures speak more strongly than words. A theatre that is as surprising and disturbing as it is wild and undisciplined. After living half the year out of a suitcase for the past 20 years, Les Sages Fous will finally take root year-round, with a local and sustainable presence in their city and region. They share with local audiences all the contacts, networks, and knowledge acquired over two decades of international presence.
A coproduction between Les Sages Fous and Nordland Visual Theatre (Stamsund, Norway) with the support of the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, Conseil des Arts du Canada, Ville de Trois-Rivières, Nordland fylkeskommune.
Tricyckle is supported in part by funds from the Québec Government Office in New York.
The 10th La MaMa Puppet Festival Fall 2023 is made possible by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature, the Howard Gilman Foundation, The Jim Henson Foundation, the Québec Government Office in New York, Puppet Slam Network, the Mellon Foundation, and The Shubert Foundation. Additional support from Cheryl Henson is gratefully acknowledged.
La MaMa Puppet Festival
The La MaMa Puppet Festival showcases new contemporary puppet theatre by artists from around the world. Curated by Denise Greber, focusing on diversifying the voices, stories, and perspectives shared onstage, with the goal of uplifting marginalized identities within the puppet community.