29 May 2015

The Extraordinary Adventures of Kikas & Marmaduke

Tomorrow, Saturday, May 30 at 2 pm slt, in LEA9 at Pimper Puppets, Kikas Babenco and Marmaduke Arado present another in their occasional series of performances, The Extraordinary Adventures of Kikas & Marmaduke, this time entitled Plan D for Danger. If you've never seen one of these all-too-infrequently staged events, they're not to be missed. (Although these images may impart some of the flavor of what's to come, they were taken back in January, 2014, at a previous installment of their ongoing saga.)

As one can observe in these images, the performance manifests almost like a pop-up event, with a narration that's told through through a series of vignettes, each of which has a few lines of written text, often placing Kikas and Marmaduke in absurd situations. After a few moments, the scene transforms into the next box — and occasionally elements spill outside the box, as shown below.

Filled with humor and absurdity, The Extraordinary Adventures are simply a delight to watch, and one marvels at the playful complexity of the scenes, poses, rapid costume changes, and all around silliness. Images of the duo's work were recently selected for a real life exhibition at the Galeria Projeto/República das Artes in Vila Nova de Cerveira, Portugal, courtesy of curator Silvestre Pestana.

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