Popville Dance theatre for 6- to 9-year-olds
In the suburbs of a city reigns an oppressive climate of war, poverty
and sadness, which 4 artists decide to bear up against by creating a
beautiful, joyful and coloured show, as an opposite to reality.
We meet our “gang” of artists during final rehearsals. The intrigue
takes place in the theatre where the characters mix, debate, quarrel and
work together; in other words, learn to live together. Will it work?
Are they going to finish it on time?
Popville shows children how stage productions come to life and, above
all, how human relationships develop throughout the process.
Popville is a poem, dedicated to the joy of living, to friendship and
to the hope that it engenders, offering viewers an appealing mixture of
dreamlike pictures, expressive moments and everyday stories.
Popville shows several successive tableaux, combining dance, theatre,
acrobatics, burlesque and magic. It is the day of the dress rehearsal,
so the actors are bound to feel stressed and need to find ways to cope
with the extra pressure.
The show approaches different subjects interesting for children such as:
- How is a show set up? Rehearsals don't always run smoothly… What
about the different characters that clash? What about the fragility of
- What can art bring during an oppressive period of war? How do you
get the energy to create something, when all other people do is destroy?
- The different disciplines in performing arts
- What are the effects of non-verbal communication? The sound of
airplanes and bombings, for instance, creates an atmosphere of war and
fear, and certain dance movements create particular emotions.
: Irene Kalbusch
: Dave van Robays
: David Golinval, Marie-Laure Fiaux, Nicolas Laine/ Aude Lorquet
: Monique Gelders
: Sabine Kreiter
: Céline Leuchter
Realisation of the crow
: Kirsten Sauer
: Jean-Louis Gille
Capitol Eupen, C.C. Mouscron, Ludwig Forum Aachen, CC de Adelberg
Lommel, Mozartsaal Bütgenbach, C.C. Ath, Festival Incontri Theatrali
Lugano, Rencontres Jeune Public Huy, Festival Theâtre Jeune Public
Nabeul - Tunisie, C.C. Aiseau Presles, Pasinger Fabrik München, KUBIZ
Unterhaching, festival Mômes en Scène Delle (F), C.C. Escale du Nord, Bruxelles (B), C.C. Braine-l'Alleud (B)
Photographer: Christophe Berg