PETIT MONDRIAN in development

Work-In-Process: Saturday June 15 at 3pm & Sunday June 16, 2024 at 10am
at Owen Hall Third Floor Gallery, UNC Asheville

World Premiere: Fall 2024

Created, directed and with puppets by Edwin Salas Acosta

Animation by Jay Bristol and UNCA’s New Media Program,
with Professor Victoria Bradbury
Music and Songs composed and performed by Gina Stewart
Choreography by Blakeney Bullock
Lights and Technical Management by Ean Moran
Early Childhood consulting by Danny Gomez, LCSW
Photos by Stephan Pruitt

Performed by: Ethan Schultz and Eddie Yoffee

video by JenBen Media

a 30-minute interactive multilingual (Spanish, French and English) and multimedia performance installation for very young children and their caregivers, which mixes dance-theater with the language of object theater, interactive video animation, live music, and Bunraku style puppetry. 

PETIT MONDRIAN continues ACA’s successful expansion into Theatre for the Very Young (defined as birth to 5 years old) begun with SHELL, its premiere baby theatre performance mounted as part of the 2022-23 season.

PETIT MONDRIAN is a dance-theatre piece in which an Afro-Latiné boy walking through a museum with his mother becomes obsessed with a red, blue, and yellow painting by the French painter Piet Mondrian. It is with those colors and square shapes that he creates his fantasy world which allows him to escape his fear of a monster featured in the traditional Latin American lullaby, “Sleep Little One.” This 20-minute performance will include 10-minutes of free play at the end in which young people can explore the space and artistic vernaculars of the piece in a self-directed way.

Una instalación performance interactiva multilingüe (español, francés e inglés) y multimedia de 30 minutos de duración para niños muy pequeños y sus cuidadores, que mezcla danza-teatro con el lenguaje del teatro de objetos, video animación interactiva, música en vivo y títeres estilo Bunraku.

PETIT MONDRIAN continúa la exitosa expansión de ACA hacia el teatro para niños muy jóvenes (definido desde el nacimiento hasta los 5 años) iniciada con SHELL, su estreno de teatro para bebés montado como parte de la temporada 2022-23.

PETIT MONDRIAN es una pieza de danza-teatro en la que un niño afrolatino que camina por un museo con su madre se obsesiona con un cuadro rojo, azul y amarillo del pintor francés Piet Mondrian. Es con esos colores y formas cuadradas que crea su mundo de fantasía que le permite escapar de su miedo al monstruo que aparece en la canción de cuna tradicional latinoamericana, “Duerme pequeño”. Esta actuación de 20 minutos incluirá 10 minutos de juego libre al final en los que los jóvenes podrán explorar el espacio y las lenguas artísticas vernáculas de la pieza de forma autodirigida.