Cuentos de Pocas Luces
In the dark streets of late 19th century La Ribera, dancing silhouettes rose up the walls of Barcelona for the first time, to tell a story in shadows. It was here, amidst the artistic mob of ‘Els Quatre Gats’, that shadow puppetry made its debut in Barcelona, thanks to two local protagonists, Pere Romeu and Miguel Utrilio (also founders of the famous bar).
This magical genre of theatre returns to the city on December 1st and 2nd, when the Andalusian theatre company ‘A la sombrita’ present their latest production, Cuentos de Pocas Luces, a visual spectacle of shadows that takes us on a journey through the origins of this ancient technique—a journey of magic, imagination, games and fantasy.
The performance encompasses a series of short stories that combine to portray the evolution of shadow puppet theatre, and in doing so, echoes the evolution of man himself. From humble beginnings around the caveman’s fire, this poetic tale transports us through the discovery of music and rhythms, the creation of objects and tools, and the use of hand, body and finely crafted puppets in story-telling throughout the ages.
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