Thierry Colette, with Brice Bertaud and Chloe Cassagne, organize an iconic cabaret between magic and puppets.

What do magicians and puppeteers talk about when they meet on stage? Of faith and illusion … and threads. The visible ones, which sometimes associate the doll with those who manipulate it, but also those, the invisible, which we imagine are hidden behind some magic trick. Intellectual and juggler Thierry Colette, who since 2017 has co-led the Magic Wip festival with the Parc de La Villette in Paris, has invited two puppeteers, Brice Berthoud and Chloé Cassagnes, to create a show together under the title. abnormal, Smoked oysters and other wonders.

Thierry Colette, who started magic at the age of seven and has doubled down on his creations with his company Le Phalène since the mid-1990s, has been transformed for the occasion into master of ceremonies or review leader for an iconic cabaret format. There are exchanges between the three artists on themes of faith and illusion, numbers taken from their respective repertoires, and musical accompaniment played by a drummer and a multi-instrumental sound designer.

Left to right: Dylan Voldrin, Arnaud Biscay, Brice Berthoud (with doll) and Chloe Cassagne in film

The show’s atmosphere is dominated by a sense of humor and the apparent complicity between Thierry Colette and his associates. But, beyond humor and second degree, looms a deeper reflection on the manipulations that can be exercised upon a person to lead him to believe certain things. Paper dolls of various sizes, a hallmark of Les Anges au Ceiling, co-directed by Brice Berthoud and Camille Trouvou, appear from time to time throughout the performance. Also, from behind the huge red curtain sitting in the center of the stage, appeared animals of all kinds, mechanisms and puppets: smoked oysters, of course, but also the famous magnificent owl by Jean Eugene Robert Houdin (1805 – 1871), considered the father of modern magic; The giant earthworm is a small white rabbit, and even live earthworms, are very skilled at handling playing cards.

two independent numbers

The performance is punctuated by many mental and intellectual tricks performed by Thierry Colette. Brice Berthoud and Chloé Cassagnes also present two independent numbers from their own universes. I kill us Small form derived from width anger, of Les Anges au Ceiling, shows a man and his wife, between the duo and the duel. This short show cleverly combines magic, music and puppetry around a surprising game of mirrors, raising questions about the boundary between dream and reality, which is bordering on insanity.

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