Behind The Wonderheads

We are thrilled to have the Wonderheads back at The Cultch for their presentation of Loon, running until November 23 in the Historic Theatre. If you missed their presentation of Grim and Fischer in 2013 be sure not to miss this one! The Wonderheads are an award-winning physical theatre company specializing in mask performance and exquisite visual storytelling for both adults and children. Their work is performed in hand-crafted full-face mask; a wordless style that has been described as watching a living cartoon.

Loon

 

Loon tells the whimsical story of Francis, a lovelorn cinema janitor. The Wonderheads step into the life of this lonely man and look for love. In this strange and beautiful story, we are left wondering, can a man truly love the moon?

“A magnificent mix of puppetry, mime, soundscape and mask-work that gives the life of a poor urban schlemiel such dignity and pathos, you can’t help but be moved, first to laughter, then to tears.”
– Edmonton Journal

“Genius both in concept and execution doesn’t begin to describe what Braidwood and Phoenix accomplish.
– Calgary Sun

Check out another great review here from the Winnipeg CBC.

If you’re interested in who is behind the Heads, listen to this podcast with Kate Braidwood and Andrew Phoenix and find out how the Wonderheads met, how they were inspired by mask work, and how their shows have evolved over time.

Also, here is a really fun video of how the masks are made by Kate Braidwood titled Behind the Heads: Making a Mask.

 

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