The Kurdish Garden, one part of the Children’s Cheering Carpet trilogy, is an Australian premiere and part of the Adelaide Bank Festival of Arts program. It is technologically intricate visual theatre which plays with light, sound, digital graphics and dance by TPO, a long standing Italian children’s theatre company.
The production is an interactive, dance and visual extravaganza. A simple story told with some text but mainly through vivid colour, sound, movement, play and exploration. Rebwar Saeed, a Kurdish painter whose work is the visual feature of this performance is introduced and the audience is invited on a journey through his colour and paint and lead through Islamic inspired gardens. One garden is yellow, the colour of the earth and sunshine, another is blue for water and the sky, yet another is green for leaves and grass and the fourth garden is red for love.
There are garden guides, two dancers, Viola Esposti-Ongaro and Serenella Amoretti who dance the paint, sound and colour in each new place. They invite audience members, seated on the four sides of a magic carpet, to join them in their dancing. The carpet is brought to life by projected landscapes which, with movement sensors underneath, generate ever transforming synchronised images and sounds with the action on stage. The dancers give their volunteers instructions or ‘rules of the game’ leading to delightful play which result in spontaneous and joyous performance by the audience itself. The dancers choreograph in the moment, selecting young children for some sections while inviting older audience members who can comprehend more complicated ‘game rules’ for other sections. It is wonderful to see the impromptu interaction between audience members on stage and their exploration of colour and movement in space. Toddlers agree and squeal in delight from the side lines and young people as well as parents and carers are entranced. What a joyous and playful way to be introduced to art making, theatre and dance.
Compagnia TPO in coproduction with Teatro Metastasio Stabile Per la Toscana
The Children’s Cheering Carpet
Venue: Space Theatre, Adelaide Festival Centre, King William Road, Adelaide
1 March, 2pm - Kurdish Garden
2 March, 12pm - Italian Garden
2 March, 2pm - Japanese Garden
3 March, 11am - Kurdish Garden
3 March, 2pm - Italian Garden
4 March, 11am - Japanese Garden
4 March, 2pm - Kurdish Garden
4 March, 7pm - Italian Garden