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The Other in the City

THE OTHER is a human-size puppet that enters shops or wanders around the city. It experiences daily human life by drinking a coffee on a terrace, by reading a book at the library or by ordering a meal at a restaurant. Despite not looking to stand out, its unexpected presence leaves no one indifferent. It is an encounter between citizens at the boundaries of reality and imaginary.

In order to animate the puppet in any given public space, our team of puppeteers is constantly on the lookout as they prioritize improvised and spontaneous gestures. Part of their role also consists in favoring cultural encounters with the population, with the objective of demystifying the art of puppeteering. Beyond the simple animation, the presence of this “other citizen” aims to promote collective awareness and calls for an openness to community life.

THE OTHER was greeted by our elected officials during a formal ceremony held at the town hall where it was officially named “citizen puppet of Saguenay”!

  • Idea, Dany Lefrançois et Sara Moisan
  • Puppeteers, Anne-Louise Imbeau, Martin Gagnon, Patrick Simard, Sara Moisan
  • Manipulations Supervisor, Dany Lefrançois
  • Puppet Design and Manufacture, Mylène Leboeuf-Gagné
  • Costume Design, Sara Moisan
  • Puppetry Mentoring, Pierre Robitaille
Extracts from press reviews
  • « Its gestures were fluid, surprisingly natural, which speaks volumes about the work the puppeteers put in over the past few weeks. » - LE QUOTIDIEN, Daniel Côté, Canada
  • « The puppet, designed by artist Mylène Leboeuf, and its impressive and realistic gestures were able to garner very positive reactions from the audience » - LE RÉVEIL, Salle de nouvelles, Canada
  • « Imagine how horrible your life would be if you had four distinctive brains, each able to control an arm, a leg, the body or the head. That is exactly what four puppeteers experimented over the past for weeks in this new initiative by the Théâtre de La Tortue Noire. They were tasked with manipulating a human-sized puppet for their new performance called The Other in the City.. » - JOURNAL LE QUOTIDIEN, Daniel Côté, Canada
Presentation History
  • 2021

    Sentiers des Pères, Dolbeau, Lac-Saint-Jean, Canada
    Festival international des arts de la marionnette (FIAMS), Saguenay, Canada
    Carré Davis Arvida, Saguenay, Canada
    Rue Racine piétonnière, Saguenay, Canada
    Chicoutimi-Nord, Saguenay, Canada
    Parc Ball, Saguenay, Canada
    Parc Mars, La Baie, Canada

  • 2020

    Zone Portuaire, Saguenay, Canada

    Rue Racine piétonnière, Saguenay, Canada

    Parc de la Rivière-aux-sables, Saguenay, Canada

    Carré Davis d’Arvida, Saguenay, Canada

    Village portuaire de La Baie, Saguenay, Canada

  • 2019

    Fête estivale d’Arvida, Saguenay, Canada
    Fête nationale au parc de la Rivière-aux-Sables, Saguenay, Canada
    Spectacle Aérien international de Bagotville, Saguenay, Canada
    Festival international des arts de la marionnette (FIAMS), Saguenay, Canada
    Festival Tam-tam Macadam, Alma, Canada
    École Marguerite-Belley, Saguenay, Canada
    Événement Théâtre à l’air, Saguenay, Canada
    Festival Festin de Los Munecos, Guadalajara, Mexique

  • 2018

    Centre-ville de Saguenay, Saguenay, Canada
    Festival Marionnettes Plein la Rue, Verdun, Canada

  • For their support during the creation of this play, La Tortue Noire would like to thank the Conseil des Arts de Saguenay, the City of Saguenay, the Conseil des Arts du Canada, the Conseil des Arts et Lettres du Québec, the Festival International des Arts de la Marionnette à Saguenay (FIAMS), the Fabrique Culturelle, Sylvain Gaudreault, the Caisse Desjardins, the Association des Centres-villes de Chicoutimi and the Corporation Centre-Ville de Jonquière.

Prochaines représentations

Assemblée nationale du Québec

Pavillon citoyen du Parlement

  • Saturday 20 August à 11h00
  • Saturday 20 August à 14h00
  • Sunday 21 August à 11h00
  • Sunday 21 August à 14h00
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Upcoming events

4 AU 5 February 2024

Un Gamin au jardin

Côté-Scène, Sherbrooke

  • Sunday 04 February à 14h00
4 AU 5 February 2024

Un Gamin au jardin

Côté-Scène, Sherbrooke

17 AU 19 January 2024

Un Gamin au jardin (Représentations scolaires)

Petit théâtre de l’Uqac

  • Wednesday 17 January à
  • Friday 19 January à
17 AU 19 January 2024

Un Gamin au jardin (Représentations scolaires)

Petit théâtre de l’Uqac