POPOPOLSKA!

Date:2019-08-12      Source:National Centre for the Performing Arts

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Venue: Multi-functional Theatre

Dates: August 16 - 18, 2019

About

POPOPOLSKA! A Toy Music Multimedia Concert.

Four “Toy Music” artists edit four short Polish animations, and impromptu perform the melancholy, lively and illusive animation soundtrack through the visual imaginations. In addition to the traditional toy piano, xylophone, vibraphone and flute, unexpected cute musical instruments and effectors such as accordion, old gramophone, small electric guitar, ukulele are also added. In these animations, the roles include a striped elephant with his friends, a dreaming boy, a multi-lingual puppy…The artists make the best of the soundtrack to let these lifelike roles make dialogue with the audiences.

A striped elephant tries to get along well with his friends, but his friends dislike his difference— the stripes. In face of the rejection from friends, the elephant tries to hide the stripes on his body. Eventually he is discovered and expelled from the circle of friends…

The Dreaming Mika lives in a wooden house in the field. He really wishes to have a companion and say goodbye to the loneliness. Just as he waters the plants, he finds that a mysterious companion brings him wings. As a result, he learns that the earth is so beautiful, and the sky is so vast…

The dog Rex likes making friends, and can speak many languages. After he knows that his farm owners speak different languages and often feel bothered by many misunderstandings resulted from the language issue, he decides to become a multilingual diplomat and solve problems for everyone…

Artist

Patrice Elegoet Flutist

As a professional flutist, Patrice Elegoet plays toy music in “CHAPI CHAPO & Les Petites Musiques de Pluie”. In 2009, Patrice Elegoet worked with other four musicians to establish musical style of this orchestra. Up to now, “CHAPI CHAPO & Les Petites Musiques de Pluie” has performed many times in France and Italy. In 2016, it began to follow a new direction. In addition to works earmarked for the young audiences, this orchestra also produces those works dedicated to adults.

Tangi Simon Musician & Voiceover

Tempered by various occupations, Tangi Simon eventually grows into a professional musician and dubber.

Bertrand Pennetier Musician

Bertrand Pennetier is the assistant to artist Dacifer in tour performances. He got to know Patrice Elegoet in 2009, and both artists began to join hands. Bertrand is also a fan of toy music.

Pascal Moreau Guitarist

Pascal Moreau accepts the trainings on saxophone and a variety of musical instruments, and he mainly conducts musical creation with guitar. In 2009, he joined “CHAPI CHAPO & Les Petites Musiques de Pluie”. In 2014, he and Mami Chen teamed up to roll out classical music and noise performances.

Christophe Galès Audio Coordinator

After the debut in a cafe, Christophe Galès has carried on the occupation of film recordist and boom operator. He ever contributed to the production of the Women's World Cup and Le printemps de Bourges. At present, he is the acoustic engineer of “CHAPI CHAPO & Les Petites Musiques de Pluie”.

Presenter

CHAPI CHAPO

The first orchestra playing antique toys as musical instruments in Europe: Founded in 2003, CHAPI CHAPO uses antique old toys to play “Toy Music”. Musicians collect more than 400 toys from all over the world and reshape them into such “musical instruments” that can make different wonderful sounds. This tradition of "resurrection" of classic animation with toy music originated from France in the 1960s and 1970s. The brand-new and interesting soundtrack makes the old animations take a new look, and endows the scene with a vibrant atmosphere of colour and poetic flavour.

CHAPI CHAPO produced two toy concerts with respective theme of “Toy Factory” and “Popopolska”, which participated in the 7th European Video Art Festival and gained the unprecedented praises. Subsequently, CHAPI CHAPO has been frequently invited to children's art festivals across French, and entertained the children with fable-style animation music. Later, CHAPI CHAPO released five children's animated music albums, which are highly praised in the industry.

On June 1st, 2016, CHAPI CHAPO was invited to present its China Premiere as the finale of a concert in celebration of Children's Day at Shenzhen Concert Hall. The Chinese children and their parents unanimously spoke highly of CHAPI CHAPO.