Gulliver's Travels

© H. Yung, 2011

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© H. Yung, 2011

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Gulliver's Travels

Concert-performance Friday, May 13, 2011 at 8 pm

Interactive show created by Helen Yung
(in English, followed by a bilingual discussion)

Max programming: Rickie Lea Owens
Eye animations: Alex Kurina
Audio and technical assistance: Tom Kuo
Boat illustrations: Kevin Yung
Lighting design and set assistance: Josée Brouillard

Tickets available at the door
($15, cash only)

In collaboration with
Festival Accès Asie
Artistic Director:
Janet Lumb

You enter to find a figure lying on the floor. Pinned down with a thousand tiny pegs, the puppet struggles to turn to you, appealing for your help.

Gulliver's Travels is a theatre of no actors by author-scenographer Helen Yung. Loosely inspired by Jonathan Swift's text, Gulliver's Travels uses digital text-to-speech technology to animate the puppet's story without the assistance of an actor. Like an old-time storyteller, Helen will create the story on-site, combining the art of puppetry with new technology: songs, games, rhymes, music and narration are all part of the fun. Audience participation not required, but highly recommended!

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Helen Yung

A multidisciplinary artist, Helen Yung's past works include String Theory, an analog interactive social storytelling installation created for the 2009 iNiT festival, and Atypical Audio Guide, a send up of the conventional museum audio guide developed through Knock on Woods: An International Roving Residency presented by Yvette Poorter and Mercer Union Gallery. Helen has received several grants from the Toronto Arts Council, Ontario Arts Council and the Canada Council for the Arts.