Odditi(m)es | A Tragic Comedy in Pandemic Times, 2020
Site Specific Work in Woodland Yard of Artist
Creator and puppeteer: Troy Hourie
Collaborator and puppeteer: Andrew Gaboury
Collaborator, puppeteer and sound designer: Colleen Snell
U of Guelph Scenic design interns: Samantha Adams, Emily Brown and Liaba Nisar
Video consultant: Costa Soutos
Odditi(m)es is a new puppetry piece created by Troy Hourie with
Andrew Gaboury and Colleen Snell. U of Guelph students Sam Adams, Emily
Brown and Liaba Nisar are production design interns for the project. We
have created a piece based on the Portuguese tradition of Dom Roberto
(Punch and Judy) that reflects on the adventures of social/physical
distancing that we have endured during the pandemic. There are many
absurd interactions floating all over social media about how people are
dealing with physical distancing in public. Our performance is filled
with comedic characters and lots of physical comedy staged with the idea
of keeping our physical distances.
We all need to laugh...
Special thanks to Teatro e Marionetas de Mandrágora who introduced the team to this tradition. Project supported by U Guelph College of Arts Creating in Covid Times Funding. The performance was live streamed on Aug 22 at 11AM EST.