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Théâtre Sans Fil’s giant marionettes populate Malaket Furniture Store’s showroom

Montreal's THÉÂTRE SANS FIL is bringing its exhibit, 47 ans de marionnettes géantes, to Hawkesbury in spring 2018. The exhibit stands in Malaket Furniture Store's showroom, carefully set up by Art Director André Viens (left) and Composer-Puppeteer Jean-François Léger (right). (Photo credit: Cedrik Bertrand)

Montreal’s Théâtre Sans Fil brought a piece of artistic history to the Town of Hawkesbury through an exhibit that’s as captivating as it is creative.

The exhibit is an offshoot of 47 ans de marionnettes géantes and features beautiful, intricately crafted marionettes, many of which are taller (much taller) than the average person.

Though partnered with Le Chenail, the choice of venue for the exhibit is quite “out there”, it taking place entirely within the confines of Malaket Furniture Store’s well-furnished showroom.

This creates quite the eclectic backdrop for Théâtre Sans Fil Artistic Director and Founder André Viens’s creations.

“A good portion of the exhibit was at Place des arts in March, but installing the marionettes in such a decor is a first for me. It’s fun! Adults and children walking inside expecting to find furniture will be pleasantly surprised,” said Viens.

Assisting Viens was Jean-François Léger, composer and veteran puppeteer for Théatre Sans Fil; meticulously placing the colourful characters across the showroom. It was quite the sight!

“This is great fun! My favourite part is watching André trying to arrange the marionettes perfectly based on the existing decor. He does it with such enthusiasm!”

The exhibit will be in place until late May, 2018. Anyone interested in seeing it may walk around Malaket’s showroom or simply stop by its front window after nightfall, since a special display will be lit up until midnight all the way to the end of the exhibit.

Just when you thought walking around a furniture store was interesting enough, in comes this great exhibit. A must for the whole family.


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