Surrey Civic Theatres Brings Mature Puppet Performance: ‘Metamorphosis’ to the Stage

Coming next week, Surrey Civic Theatres presents Metamorphosis, a unique piece of puppet theatre. An imaginative and poignant series of vignettes that range from the trivial to the metaphysical, the multi-faceted work created and performed by Iceland’s famed master puppeteer Bernd Ogrodnik is a poetic — and often hilarious — exploration of the nature of our existence, inviting audience members to change how they perceive the objects of their everyday lives.

Metamorphosis photo: EDDI

“There is a surreal quality inherent in puppetry,” says Ogrodnik, Artistic Director and Co-Founder of the Iceland-based Worlds of Puppets. “When the audience actively contributes to the process of bringing puppets to life, breathing these fragile figures into existence, they have the capacity to express our deepest emotions, joys, and fears; thereby, creating magic and provoking thought. 

Metamorphosis brings a delightfully eclectic cast of characters to life, ranging from intricate, hand-carved marionettes and rod puppets to unusual characters created simply from silk scarves or Ogrodnik’s own hands and feet. Set on a minimalistic black stage, the 10 vignettes effortlessly journey from one story to the next, captivating audiences through a deeply meditative atmosphere. The presentation, which includes some mature content, offers a contemplative reflection on the varied aspects of the human experience.

Metamorphosis photo: EDDI

Neil Scott, Cultural Production Coordinator for Centre Stage at Surrey City Hall adds, “Metamorphosis is a delight for the senses. Bernd Ogrodnik’s series of original short stories is poetry in motion — a theatrical expression of the nuances of our lives from the ordinary to the sublime. It encourages us to question not just what we see, but how we see it.”

Originally commissioned in 2006 by the National Theatre of Iceland for adult audiences, the 90-minute presentation of Metamorphosis has toured the world extensively and comes to Canada for the first time. Featuring original stories ranging in length from just a few minutes to nearly 20 minutes. Mostly presented in silence, three stories are set to an eclectic mix of musical accompaniment including instrumental melodies composed and performed live by the German born, Ogrodnik.

Metamorphosis plays at Centre Stage at Surrey City Hall on March 13, 2019 at 7:30pm. Visit surrey.ca/theatre for more show information and to purchase tickets.
Audience advisory:  One of the vignettes contains some mature content. This performance is intended for audience members ages 16+. 

Picks of the Week – October 12, 2016

Thanksgiving has come and gone, and now for some fall and Halloween fun in the picks of the week…

Flicks: There’s still a couple days left to catch a film at the 35th Annual Vancouver International Film Festival before it closes Oct 14th.

Basia BulatFolk: Canadian singer-songwriter Basia Bulat brings her folk sounds to The Vogue Theatre tonight

Halloween: The 3rd Annual Vancouver Halloween Expo gets underway, with Performing Arts on at Tom Lee Music Hall on Thursday and Friday, then Saturday and Sunday at Robson Square.

Art: Thursday,  Support Children of the Street Society at Canvas of Change an artistic evening benefiting Youth of BC at the Roundhouse Community Centre

jamesandjamesyDark: For a unique, entertaining performance check out James and Jamesy In The Dark at Waterfront Theatre only until Oct 16th

Stage: The Arts Club Theatre Company’s season gets underway with a farcical whodunit, Baskerville, at the Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage until October 9th and starting Thursday, The Flick takes to The Granville Island Stage until October 29th.

Frights: Halloween fun comes to PNE/Playland as Fright Nights at Playland gets underway on Friday.

Metal: Swedish heavy metal act, Ghost brings their Popestar Tour to The Vogue Theatre on Thursday.

Puppets: A unique performing arts festival takes over Granville Island as the Vancouver International Puppet Festival is under way Oct 14 – 16 with performances, expo, puppet-con and more

Train: The Annual Stanley Park Halloween Ghost Train chugs along with a Day of the Dead theme for 2016 until Halloween

Pigskin: BC Lions regular season is nearing its end but there’s still a change to catch them in action on Friday at BC Place versus Winnipeg Blue Bombers.

Revival: Canadian alt-rock act I Mother Earth makes its return to the stage at Commodore Ballroom on Friday night.

Tenth: Friday night celebrate the 10th year of Stereotype Fridays at Celebrities with famed house music DJ MK spinning the decks.

Pucks: The puck drops on the Vancouver Canucks 2016-17 NHL season as they host Calgary Flames on Saturday

HipHop: Saturday at XYYVR join Jane Smoker and DJ Jef Leppard for Playboy, an evening of hip hop.

Parade: Scare up some fun with the 3rd Annual Halloween Parade as it makes it way along Howe, Smithe and Granville Streets in Downtown Vancouver.

Improv: You never what you’re going to come out of the mouths of the Vancouver Theatresports League performers when you laugh along withTrump Card – Winner Takes All the latest VTSL show.