Thursday,March 3, 202211 a.m.
Thursday,March 3, 20223 p.m.
Friday,March 4, 202211 a.m.

Maison internationale des arts de la marionnette
30 Saint-Just Avenue
Montréal (Québec) H2V 1X8




Mi'ño Teatro de Sombras (Mexique)

All audiences, 6 years +

🎟️  Tickets for March 3rd at 11 a.m.

🎟️  Tickets for March 3rd at 3 p.m.

🎟️  Tickets for March 4th at 11 a.m.

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In English and indigenous languages, Thursday, March 3 at 11 a.m.

In French and indigenous languages, Thursday, March 3 at 3 p.m. and Friday, March 4 at 11 a.m.




The Biggest Sister in the World is a shadow theatre show performed in indigenous languages about the sacred presence of corn on our continent. Developed through cultural exchanges between Ñäñho and Kanien’kehá:ka nations, the show uses traditional Turkish shadow theatre techniques to tell the story of Däxi, a young ñäñho girl who discovers that all the corn has disappeared from her village. She decides to embark on a great adventure where she will discover the ancient bonds that corn has forged between indigenous peoples. 


Running time: 65 minutes

Technique: shadow theatre


Diego Ugalde is a puppeteer specializing in traditional shadow theatre. He studied with great masters in Athens, Istanbul, Damascus, Cairo, and India. Upon his return to Mexico, he created shows that combine traditional techniques and contemporary writing. He usually works with large teams of creators. The Biggest Sister in the World is his first solo piece. In parallel to his ongoing research into ancient shadow puppetry techniques and contemporary theatre, he established the Mi’ño Teatro de Sombras (mi’ño means coyote in the Hñäñho language) to further explore the possibilities of the solo puppet performance.


Story and puppets: Diego Ugalde de Haene

Reaserch assistance on maize: Iakwahwatsiratátie Language Nest Kahnawà:ke, Stephen Silver Bear McComber (Kahnawà:ke), and Comité Comunitario de la Feria del Maíz de San Miguel Tlaxcaltepec

Scenography: Jésus Noyola and Ángel Ortiz

Music: Fernando Corona

Lighting: Diego Ugalde and Jésus Noyola

Performance: Diego Ugalde de Haene


This show was created though the Québec-Mexico Working Group with the Ministère des Relations internationales et de la Francophonie, and with support from the Conseil des arts de Montréal. It was also created with support and guidance from Stephen Silverbear McComber, seed keeper in Kahnawà:ke, and the Iakwahwatsiratátie Language Nest in Kahnawà:ke, as well as with support from the ñäñho communities of Santiago Mexquititlan, San Ildefonso Tultepec, San Miguel Tlaxcaltepec in Amealco, Queretaro and Mexico.

Mi’ño Teatro de Sombras gratefully acknowledges the Programa de Creadores Escénicos / Sistema de Apoyos a la Creación – Fondo Nacional para la Cultura y las Artes (FONCA), the Consejo Comunitario – Feria del Maíz de San Miguel Tlaxcaltepec, Luna Morena (Mexico), and the Maison internationale des arts de la marionnette (MIAM) staff for their support.