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Douanes, by Sylvie Baillon
In cocreation with 
Liza Cox, Joana Feijo, Emilie Parmentier, Eléonore Antoine Snowden

*Duration: 40 minutes / multidisciplinary form / From 15 years old
Followed by a meeting with the teams of the African, American and Asian creations of Douanes – Customs – Adouana

What does it mean today to cross borders? 

A story of customs questioning what it means today to cross a border, geographical or temporal, open or closed… 

Le Tas de Sable – Ches Panses Vertes, National Centre for Puppetry arts (in preparation) located in Hauts-de-France, has taken as a base this text to enlarge it with suitcases full of stories, to entrust the puppets with the task of totemizing the word by embodying characters as different from each other as are the manipulation techniques used by actresses from Ireland, Portugal, Belgium and France. 

A poetic creation sown with songs and languages of Europe that blurs the borders wonderfully!

Director: Sylvie Baillon (Liza Cox, Joana Feijo, Emilie Parmentier, Eléonore Antoine Snowden)

Co-creation, play, manipulation: Liza Cox, Joana Feijo, Emilie Parmentier, Eléonore Antoine Snowden

First tour dates

Between November 22 and 26, 2021 : Spain

  • Tolosa, Basque Country : TOPIC > Festival Titijaï 
  • Bilbao, Basque Country : Festival Internacional de Títeres de Bilbao
To receive the file or to program the show
Emmanuelle Castang ->contact@unima.org / +33 (0)3 24 32 85 63

Coproduction and delegated production Tas de Sable – Ches Panses Vertes, National Centre for Puppetry arts (in preparation) / UNIMA
Within the framework of the 90 years of UNIMA with the project 4 creations, 4 continents
Coproductions: French Ministry of Culture, Amiens Métropole, AVIAMA, TOPIC in Tolosa (Spain)
Supported by : Theater der Nacht in Northeim (Germany), Synkoino cooperative in Thessaloniki (Greece)

A larger international project

For these 90 years, in 2019, UNIMA has launched the project 4 creations 4 continents. Four out of the five geographical areas that make up UNIMA (Europe, America, Asia-Pacific and Africa) worked on a different version of the same story using puppetry. The creations were set up through schools or with young puppeteers in the process of professionalisation from each of these continents to create an original production. 

Each team worked on the same scenario which constitutes the basis of the four stagings allowing to show the power of the art to reflect different cultures. This text was selected by an international jury following a call to young authors from around the world

Prior to the European creation, a cycle of workshops in different European countries was organized in 2018 and 2019 to deepen the contemporaneity of puppetry traditions.