I’d like to order something.
What I’d like is a bench on my back,
for visitors, to sit on, with back- and armrests.
But actually, I’d prefer a garden, with a bench in it.
As you will know, I’v already got a fountain.
It’s a bit hard for me to come to you.
Can you, please, deliver it where I live,
in the middle of the ocean?
When the grasshopper receives the whale’s order, he gathers everything he needs into his boat and sails away. Why do we always want more and better? Does it bring us satisfaction? Does it make us happier?
In a friendly, amiable but critical way, this allegorical tale examines our consumer behaviour.
DE MAAN continues its search for relevant contemporary stories, often disguised as animal stories. De MAAN also endeavours to regularly present a classic favourite (or one in the making).
Did you like ‘PJOTR EN DE WOLFSKI’? Then you will certainly enjoy ‘The Whale’s Garden’. Again you will be impressed by the métier of master puppeteer Paul Contryn while listening to the accompanying voices of renowned actors.
A kind of film which takes shape while you are watching. Live action. Now!
Play: Paul Contryn/Christiaan Mariman | Figures: Paul Contryn | Concept and direction: Stef De Paepe | Story: Toon Tellegen (Querido) | Costume adviser: Katinka Heremans | Sound design and music: Pepijn Caudron | Scenography: Stef De Paepe, Paul Contryn en Stéphane Vloebergh | Voices: Tom Van Dyck, Ini Massez, Günther Lesage, Stefaan Degand, Esther Lybeert, Pepijn Caudron, Stef De Paepe en Paul Contryn | Vocals: Stefaan Degand, Esther Lybeert