Sunday,March 7, 202111 a.m.


Online Activity


Free online event hosted on the Casteliers Facebook and YouTube pages.

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Part of the Café-causerie: Budding creations! Event

Three theatre companies present their works-in-progress and answer questions from the public eager to learn more about the various stages involved in the development of a puppet show.


The tale of La Petite fille aux oiseaux is a metaphor for both the beauty and the challenges encountered during the creative process. A little girl is swinging on a swing in her backyard, when suddenly she hears the call of a mysterious bird. The bird leads her into the hollow of an old tree where she descends further into a secret cave. There she discovers a bag made of cloth. As the little girl tries to bring it back home, it keeps filling itself with birds. At first, the birds are frail young chicks, but they soon grow up to become feisty, wild birds just waiting to be released and listened to so that they can fly away.


TECHNIQUES: Object and shadow theatre





Théâtre À l’Envers (TAE) was established in 2007. Its mandate is to create original works for young audiences based on a creative research and experimentation process that merges different artistic and theatrical forms. The company practices a contemporary form of puppet theatre, combined with acting, shadow theatre, video, dance, masks, etc. TAE strives to share an original perspective on the world, by sometimes going “against” (à l’envers, in French) the established order.


Story: Oriane Smith
Stage direction and scenography: Patricia Bergeron
Assistant, stage direction: Audrey-Maude Blais-Gallant
Puppets: Julia Derdour
Music: Oriane Smith
Lighting: Sara Sabourin
Performance: Julia Derdour and Oriane Smith


Théâtre À l’Envers wishes to thank the Conseil des arts de Montréal and the maison de la culture Villeray–St-Michel–Parc-Extension (creative residency) for their support.