Seven actors, 50 puppets, video projections, a drowned orchestra and a whale-sized whale equals a visually striking theatrical adaptation of Melville’s magnificent beast of a book from award-winning French-Norwegian puppetry company Plexus Polaire.
“My grandfather was a sailor. He had a naked woman tattooed on his upper arm, and I remember him as a smell of tar and tobacco. He came from an island on the west-coast of Norway, a tiny harbor filled with foreign ships and languages, fishermen, sailors and children waiting for fathers who never came home from the sea… I like how the sea somehow draws invisible lines between the different corners of the world, how it creates points of connection. How, facing this force of nature, we are all the same. And no one captures the battle between man and nature like Herman Melville in Moby Dick. An ancient white whale, a captain steering his ship into destruction and the inner storms of the human heart. Moby Dick is the tale of a whaling expedition, but also the story of an obsession or an investigation into the unexplained mysteries of life. To quote Melville: ‘It is the image of the ungraspable phantom of life; and this is the key to it all.’ – Yngvild Aspeli (Director, Creator and Artistic Director, Plexus Polaire)
About Yngvild Aspeli, Director
Director, actress, puppet-maker and artistic director of Plexus Polaire, Yngvild Aspeli, develops a visual world that brings our most buried feelings to life. Using life-sized puppets as the centre of her work, Aspeli also banks on the actor, music, light and video to communicate the story.
She studied at Ecole Jacques Lecoq in Paris and ESNAM (Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Arts de la Marionnette) in Charleville-Mézières. Within her French-Norwegian company Plexus Polaire, she has directed four shows: Signals (2011), Opera Opaque (2013), Ashes (2014) and Chambre noire (2017). She is currently working on an adaptation of Moby Dick that will premiere in 2022.
Dates & Times
207 Queens Quay West
Follow signs and take escalator or elevator
Toronto, ON M5J 1A7