A puppetry and clowning show, Beaver Dreams (La Fièvre du Castor) tells the story of a family of beavers and a family of humans living in the heart of the Quebecois forest.
Tell us about the show.
Beaver Dreams (La Fièvre du Castor) is an all ages multi-media puppet, physical comedy, family-friendly, bilingual, cardboard-set extravaganza. It’s a meditation on a family’s multi-generational war on a beaver family on their lake in the Laurentian mountains, as told from their and the beaver’s perspectives. Both experience the same nightmare that commercial development destroys their corner of paradise.
Why should someone come see your show?
First of all, it’s just plain old fun! It’s not the kind of theatre that’s going to hit you over the head. It’s goofy, visually evocative, but at the same time, very simple. A story about a family of humans and a family of beavers just trying to share the same lake.
Its unique performance style blends different styles of puppetry, including shadow puppetry, large scale and small scale, digital animation, storytelling by real people talking off the cuff (not scripted), and expert clowning and physical action. It really is an all ages show and often the mix of ages in the audience inspires everyone to play along with us. It’s theatre that everyone can enjoy. It is also bilingual in some parts, so if you’re working on your French, get a taste of this too.
Moreover, people have told me that they really did feel transported into the beaver’s world, so pull up a log, rest, and enjoy this sweet piece of nature in theatre.
If your show was a superhero which superhero would it be, and why?
Captain Planet. The show really does fall on the side of protecting the planet because both the humans and the beavers want the same thing, to protect their piece of nature from development. Captain Planet was all about that. He had the powers of all the elements plus heart, and I believe our show truly is from the heart. Your heartstrings are sure to be tugged a little.
If you could see only one show at the Vancouver Fringe this year, besides your own, what show would that be?
Oh man! What a question. I have a lot of friends in the Fringe, because I lived in Vancouver for over a decade and only just recently moved to Montreal. So most of my favourite artists are here. Some of my best friends and most inspirational artists whom I’ve learned so much from are Mind of a Snail Puppet Co. Multiple Organism. I’ve seen the various iterations of this show in progress and I know it’s good. Of course, I have to support the other puppet artists, because it really is so so so different from traditional theatre. We work extra hard to do it all and we are often misunderstood and underappreciated. So, yes I would recommend any other show with puppetry and clowning, my two favorite art forms
#FringeDuJour is a daily peek at some of the shows coming to this year’s Vancouver Fringe Festival. We’ve asked Fringe artists to answer a few questions to entice you to see what they have to offer and to help cross-pollinate the Fringe.
The 2017 Vancouver Fringe Festival runs September 7-17 on Granville Island and stages around town. Visit http://vancouverfringe.com for tickets and information.