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My Grandfather's Dresser
A young girl comes to Canada to visit her Japanese grandfather, only to discover him gone. His magic dresser becomes her link to him, it’s drawers revealing the grandfather’s world-wide adventures, absurdist encounters and, finally, his death.
This pair of puppeteers — Seri Yanai from Tokyo and Daniel Wishes from Winnipeg — explore various forms of their craft to tell the tale, including Japanese shadow puppets and marionettes.
Sadly, it’s tiresome, made only less so by its occasional inventiveness. It’s got slow pacing, sloppy and clattery scene changes, and not particularly deft puppeteering. Children may like the Wishes’s more humourous bits, including a koala muppet, and the huge garbage bag centipede is kind of neat.
— Mary Agnes Welch
From the Fringe program:
Eight-year-old Chouko searches through her grandfather's dresser, finding objects from his adventures around the world and remembering his fascinating life. A hauntingly beautiful tale featuring Japanese folk tales and finely crafted puppetry, featuring Japanese puppetry artist Seri Yanai performing for the first time in North America.
Director: Seri Yanai
Cast: Seri Yanai and Daniel Wishes
Recommended For: General Audience
Length: 60 mins.
Discount Tickets: $8 for Students
Updated on Thursday, July 18, 2013 at 3:36 PM CDT: