In this new and delightful collaboration, one of the world’s leading puppet companies, Handspring, best known for their giant creations War Horse and Little Amal, will work withAdelaide’s Slingsby Theatre Company to present Celebration Parade. A family of life-sized elephants venture out from their home in KidZone to explore the festival each day, interacting with audiences in magical moments of discovery.
Handspring is South Africa’s pre-eminent puppet theatre company, whose work spans more than four decades, deeply inspired by traditional Japanese and African puppetry, first appearing in Australia at the 1996 Adelaide Festival with the stunning Woyzek on the Highveld. The melding of ancient craft, technical innovation, and modern dramatic political, and social themes represents a perfect marriage of fine art and theatre. Their creation of the nine life-sized horses for the National Theatre’s hit play War Horse, in London, established them as one of the most important puppet companies in the world.