Following on from her first war production Survival Figurentheater Ennadien presents another exceptional production.
The Nightingale’s Journey
(10+ and family) is inspired by the impressive story told in 'The Day
of the Bomb' by Karl Bruckner, combined with the story of 'The
Nightingale' by Hans Christian Andersen.
In times of war everything is about power. The Emperor wants power over
the nightingale. Just like the nightingale in Hans Christian Andersen’s
fairytale, our nightingale goes into hiding. The Emperor is more
determined than ever, with death and destruction as a result, as he
plays out his power game controlling and battering the people. It is
only the love of one girl and the nightingale that can overcome death
Ennadien completes her collection with this truly beautiful family
production, demonstrating exceptional acting talent, overwhelming
creativity expressed in every detail of the puppets and scenery, and an
equally sensitive use of musical accompaniment. ‘The Nightingale’s
Journey’ shows just how much puppet theatre has to offer: a compelling,
funny, contemporary fairytale capable of capturing anyone’s
imagination. It is reality artfully packaged for both young and old.
Press Reviews: “Ennadien? A gem of a performer ..." (Figeuro, the
journal of dolls and puppets). “The pain of war in child-friendly
packaging. Artful use of light, music, puppets and scenery." (De
After the première, Luk Bruyker, director of ‘The Nightingale’s Journey’ sent the following reaction:
I was just 12 when I first played "Nightingale".
Still too small to work the
puppets and grab the nightingale’s whistle at the same time ... and
later ... the nightingale itself ... and now, years later, the
responsibility of ensuring this beautiful bird a safe flight and a safe
It is such a very sad story ... and is beautifully portrayed in your hands.
It has been a privilege ... let him fly ... hopefully crossing many borders ... even in sadness, beauty can found.
Enjoy and perform
Ghent, October 2014
Click on the projector to watch a short film: