Bound by Grass
A story of a naked monk, an emperor, a general and an elephant about life, death and tiny insects. A theatrical retreat from a world of chaos to a company of fragile metal puppets, noises and shadows.
Written by, direction, stage design and music: Pavla Dombrovská and Luděk Vémola
Puppets: Zdenka Klanicová
For children 5+ and adults without children
Duration: 45 minutes
- Duration: 45 minutes
- Stage dimensions: 4 x 4 x 2,5 m (width x depth x height)
- Setup time: 2 hours
- Disassembly time: 1 hour
- Complete darkness needed
- Electricity 230V/16A
- Max audience limit: 100
The stories in the play come from The Compass of Zen (Seung Sahn) and Les plus beaux contes Zen (Henri Brunel) collections and are thematically related to respect for life. The play uses natural materials, non-descriptive metal puppets made of wires and coloured plastics. The original visual form is created by a simultaneous use of puppets and shadow play both before and behind a paper screen. The play is accompanied by a narrator and a musician playing a modified double bass and other unique acoustic instruments.