Saturday, 22 November 2008

'Little Leap Forward' from Horse and Bamboo

I have recently come back from a visit to the Horse and Bamboo Theatre where over the next few months I am going to be working on some animation for use in their production of a story called 'Little Leap Forward'.

The show is based on a book which tells the story for Chinese flute-player Guo Yue and his experiences growing up in Beijing during the Culturual Revolution in the 1960's. There is actually an interesting video on You Tube with an excerpt from the book featuring photographs and illustrations from the book. The illustrator Helen Cann really created some wonderful images for this story.

So a little more about Horse and Bamboo. They are a theatre company based in Lancashire and work on productions based centrally around story-telling and music. Their productions are made up of a mixture of puppetry, masks and film. More information on their work can be seen on their website. Although I have been unable to see any of their productions I was able to watch a DVD of the production 'In the Shadow of Trees' and I have never seen anything like it. I don't have much experience with theatre but this show had a certain charm to it and the set and mask designs were wonderful. If you ever get the opportunity to see one of these shows I would highly recommend it. I can only imagine seeing it live is 1000 times better than a DVD. 'In the Shadow of Trees' is showing throughout December at The Met Arts Centre in Bury.

This is turning into quite a long post so I'll leave it for now. I will update with some more information on the animation I am going to be working on for the 'Little Leap Forward' production soon.

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