Poemes Visuals (Visual Poems)

FROM 19:00 ON 11.09.2021 TO 19:00 ON 13.09.2021


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Author and director: Jordi Bertran

Creation of the show: Santi Arnal, Karin Schafer,Toni Zafra, Zilda Torres, Miquel Gallardo i Jordi Bertran

Performers: Isabel Martinez, Eduardo Telletxea, Jordi Bertran

Costumes: Ma. Dolors Fernandez

Photography: Mireia Margenat

Graphic design: Miquel Llach

Production: Companyia Jordi Bertran


Jordi Bertran, known internationally as one of the grand master operators of marionettes, puppet and objects presents a variety of characters based on letters. Visual Poems is a charming show, filling every corner of the stage with an unusual virtuosity, the result of many years of work. On stage a series of simple letters come to life but thanks to great mastery and handling these convert gestures into verse and verse into emotion.

The show is inspired in the magic of the poems of Catalan poet Joan Brossa, borrowing from the magnetism of Brossa’s alphabet, a game of letters with which the poet illustrates his visual poetics. Visual Poems starts with musician-actor playing the role of a poet; he is carrying a suitcase full of letters made of foam and he starts to play their sounds and shapes, discovering that the letters can be used to create poetry without the need to construct words.

With his guitar and songs, he establishes a warm relationship with the letters that come alive, creating a universe full of characters, choreographies, humor, and drama to show that letters are not just for filling up papers and computers but rather that they can also create a sensitive world of breathtaking simplicity. The letters, operated by sticks on a table, come alive and transform as the show moves forward: the E becomes a dog that plays with a child, which is the I. A Y and a U create a rhythmic dance and a simple T, a trampolinist.

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The scene is played out directly before the audience, bathed with delicate lighting effects; the action is accompanied by vocals and guitar.

The handling is performed in sight of the spectator: the relationship between the puppeteer and the object brings about a studied, precise and technically perfect choreography.

The show is constructed via sketches, a virtuoso performance the results of hours and hours of practice, years of experience: each movement, each pause, have been studied to perfection to make the characters, the letters made from foam, reach a level of warmth and poetics that is difficult to find on any of stage.

This is a visual show in which live music, movement, minor disputes and poetic gestures are the strings that make for this international quality show.

Visual Poems is a show for adults that fascinates children