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Synopsis The Imaginary Book

On an ordinary planet, in an ordinary city, four men present us with a uniform world, with only one way of thinking. They are participants in a monotonous and boring life, leaving no space for fantasy and love. Their days are made up of routines: sleep, get up to the alarm blaring, go to the office to do their work in a mechanical fashion, go home, watch TV and go to bed. The next day, the cycle starts all over again with the only aim being to earn money to keep on consuming.

One fine day, however, a Book arrived fortuitously on the scene. Everyone looked upon it with surprise and suspicion; no one dared to allow themselves to get carried away by this novelty, which might mean a rupture in their routine. Finally one of the men decides to keep it for himself. By reading this Book he opens the doors to a new world: a world of imagination, a world of adventure and travel.

Three stories in one, The Imaginary Book reflects the fears of these men creating a story of universal resonance. A journey that will change the lives of those who embark on it forever.

La Baldufa did celebrate in 2006 its tenth anniversary with this production, a multidisciplinary show combining different styles and techniques: shadows, projections, flat articulated puppets… it aims to be a cry for adventure and utopia.

It’s a risky proposal with significant ideological weight.

premis

Prize for the Best Set Design, FETEN, Gijón, Spain, 2008

INFORMATION FOR PROGRAMMERS

Multidisciplinary theatre
Recommended audience age: 6 years and upwards
Performance running time: 1h
Actors’ number: 4
Technicians’ number: 2
Optimal assembly time: 4h
Optimal disassembly time: 3h
Optimal stage measures: 9m width x 7m depth x 5,5m height.
We could make a technical sheet implementation to your scenic space to start from its characteristics.
Premiere: 20/12/2006 – Teatre Nacional de Catalunya, Barcelona, Catalonia

Artistic Sheet

Author: Luís Zornoza Boy & La Baldufa
Director: Luís Zornoza Boy
Music: Oscar Roig
Lighting design: Miki Arbizu
Set & custom design, illustrations & animations: Carles Pijuan
Set construction: Carles Pijuan, Joan Domingo, Xevi Planas, Sergi Talamonte, Sergi Torrelles, Teresa Ortega
Wardrobe: Teresa Ortega
Video: Cantalup

Actors:
Enric Blasi
Emiliano Pardo
Carles Pijuan
Ferran López
Sound & video technician: Salvador Servat
Lighting technician: Miki Arbizu

Production: La Baldufa
Office: Isabel Mercé, Pilar Pàmpols

Co-production:
Teatre Nacional de Catalunya
IMAC – Ajuntament de Lleida
La Sala Miguel Hernández de Sabadell
ICIC – Generalitat de Catalunya
INAEM – Ministerio de Cultura

Collaboration:
Ajuntament de Mollerussa
Institut Ramon Llull

Photography for diffusion: David del Val


Synopsis Baron Munchausen

Baron Munchausen, a great traveller known far and wide for his incredible stories, is judged by a people’s jury. He is accused of being a faker and is condemned to live on the Island of Liars together with other fantasy characters like Simbad, Gulliver, Don Quixote…

Four of his admirers, present at the trial, come out in his defense narrating some of the adventures that made him famous: Like when he escaped from the ferocious lion on his horse Bucefal; his experiences on the battle field; his extravagant stay on the Moon; how he managed to escape from the belly of a Whale or the ingenuity he showed when having to flatter a depraved Sultan…

This is how the four comedians defended this tender character, demonstrating his numerous virtues in front of the tribunal; like how with the strength of his imagination, astuteness and friendship, the Baron managed to escape from the most complicated situations.

Baron Munchausen, the most witless character in the history of fantasy literature, actually existed in the 18th century. We know that he was born in the Germany town of Hanover in 1720; he had a career in the military and fought in several battles against Belgium. Using the text by the authors E. M. Raspe and August Gottfried Burger, La Baldufa brings this show to the stage using various techniques: actors, flat puppets, transparencies and other props that combined with the play of light make this version of Baron Munchausen a fantastic journey through the imagination. Not only they do show us the truth of stories, but they also help us to see that each of us carries a little Munchausen inside.

We can all travel and live great adventures with the help of our imagination.

premis

Prize for the Best Artistic Proposal, Fira de Titelles de Lleida, Catalonia, 1999
Prize Rialles de Catalunya for the Best Children’s Show, La Nit de Santa Llúcia, Òmnium Cultural, Catalonia, 2000
Prize for the Best Show, FETEN, Gijón, Spain, 2001
Prize for the Best Set Design, FETEN, Gijón, Spain, 2001
Prize for the Best Children’s Show, Premis del Públic “Els Millors del 2000″, Teatre Metropol de Tarragona, Catalonia, 2001
Prize for the Best Show for Children and Young People, “Imagina 01″, Centro Cultural Villa de Nerja, Spain, 2001

INFORMATION FOR PROGRAMMERS

CURRENTLY AVAILABLE IN CATALAN, SPANISH, EUSKERA AND FRENCH
Puppet show and multidisciplinary theatre
Recommended audience age: 5 years and upwards
Performance running time: 1h
Actors’ number: 4
Technicians’ number: 1
Optimal assembly time: 4h
Optimal disassembly time: 2h
Optimal stage measures: 8m width x 7m depth x 4m height
We could make a technical sheet implementation to your scenic space to start from its characteristics.
Premiere: 1999

Artistic Sheet

Author: La Baldufa
Direction: Paco Paricio, Ramon Molins & La Baldufa 
Music: Josep Maria Baldomà
Lighting design: Salvador Servat
Set & custom design: Carles Pijuan
Set construction: Oscar Ribes, La Baldufa
Wardrobe: Raquel Jiménez
Voice Over: Jofre Caraveen

Actors:
Enric Blasi
Emiliano Pardo
Carles Pijuan
Ferran López
Sound & lighting technician: Salvador Servat

Production: La Baldufa
Office: Isabel Mercé, Pilar Pàmpols


Synopsis Drago

Three eccentric characters arrive in the city accompanied by a strange mobile artefact. They are three military deserters who after seeing the absurdity of the war that was destined for them, decided to escape the cruelty with a little ingenuity, and roam the world telling the most known legend of their country: that of the Knight Saint George and the Dragon and wander the world stealing smiles.

It is a story of maidens, kings, knights, and a terrible Dragon, with any of these becoming the main character. Drago is a journey in which anyone can play the lead.

A crazy adventure on the street where the humour is assured since those responsible is a company of famous comics.

INFORMATION FOR PROGRAMMERS

Itinerant street format
ONLY AVAILABLE FOR PARADES
Recommended audience age: suitable for all audiences
Running time: it can be adapted to the length of the parade.
Actors’ number: 3
Optimal assembly time: 3h
Optimal disassembly time: 1h30’
Minimal width and height needed for Drago to pass:
2,5m width x 3,5m height
If there is any bend in the route, the length required is 7,1m.
Premiere: 10/09/2008 – Fira Tàrrega, Catalonia

Artistic Sheet

Author: La Baldufa
Direction: La Baldufa
Design: Carles Pijuan
Construction: Xevi Planas, Ferran López, La Baldufa
Wardrobe: Teresa Ortega

Actors:
Enric Blasi
Emiliano Pardo
Carles Pijuan

Production: La Baldufa
Office: Isabel Mercé, Pilar Pàmpols

Co-production:
INAEM – Ministerio de Cultura
ICIC – Generalitat de Catalunya
Fira Tàrrega
IMAC – Ajuntament de Lleida
Institut Ramon Llull

Photography for diffusion: David del Val


Synopsis Nautilus

Nautilus is the name Jules Verne gave to Captain Nemo’s submarine. In it he cleaved the depths of the seas making many a generation of European children dream, making them believe that to take a glimpse at the bottom of the sea and to stroll within the banks of fish was possible.

The Nautilus is a little Merry-Go-Round inspired by the classic ones, the ones that had that air of magic about them that carried us to a world of illusion and dreams.

An attraction where a captain will take us for a ride under the sea to discover all the animal diversity that dwells there.

Parents will be a fundamental part of the attraction, they will make the machine turn by pedalling at the two bicycles placed beside the Merry-Go-Round.

This is how the Marine Merry-Go-Round will make us aware of the respect due to our environment and the conservation of our seas.

INFORMATION FOR PROGRAMMERS

Installation, ecological merry-go-round 
Recommended audience age: from 1 to 6 years 
Running time: 6h
The attraction runs in 3 hour shifts with a rest time of 2 hours in between, preferably.
Actors’ number: 1 
Optimal assembly time: 3h
Optimal disassembly time: 2h
Optimal stage measures: 6m width x 5m depth x 4,30m height 
Premiere: 2008

Artistic Sheet

Author: La Baldufa
Design: Carles Pijuan
Construction: Carles Pijuan, Xevi Planas, Ferran López
Wardrobe: Teresa Ortega

Actor: Enric Blasi or Emiliano Pardo or Carles Pijuan

Production: La Baldufa
Office: Isabel Mercé, Pilar Pàmpols

Co-production:
INAEM – Ministerio de Cultura
ICIC – Generalitat de Catalunya
IMAC – Ajuntament de Lleida
IEI – Diputació de Lleida
Institut Ramon Llull