Le Roi penché
"He was called “le Roi Penché” (the Inclined King) because his huge body was always bent over. His head was weighed down by his crown and his eyes had lost their ability to leave the ground and look up at the sky.”
Creating a work for children gives free expression to fantasy in everyday life and produces amazing stories. In her second original work for a young audience, Le Roi Penché (“The Inclined King”), Carolyn Carlson has chosen, with writer Marie Desplechin, the realm of the fairy tale – for its own special logic, extraordinary characters and imaginary world whose meaning becomes clear as the story progresses. In this tale, the course of life on earth is influenced by the inhabitants of the sky: the sun, the moon, the stars, comets and birds.
“Once upon a time, a hunchback lived alone in a deserted, desolate land.” He wants passionately to become a father and begs the sky to send him a child. The sun sets itself ablaze and drops an egg down to earth. Out hatches a wonderfully beautiful little girl named “Née d’un œuf” (Born from an Egg), who the hunchback raises by moonlight to hide her from view and protect her from being abducted. But the birds of the night spread the news which reaches the Inclined King, whose body is stooped from his greed for earthly possessions. He wants “Née d’un œuf” for himself and is prepared to fight violently to achieve his aims…
These battles between the powers of the sky and the earth stir up the themes of love, solitude, freedom and harmony between existing forces.
The work’s poetic charm also comes from the ethereal music by René Aubry – Carolyn Carlson’s loyal artistic collaborator – and the magic-enhancing visual effects by set designer Stéphane Vérité.
set design, images and lighting
since 6 ans