Jori Snell presents captivating family entertainment at Kalk Bay Theatre this holiday with Kitchen Fables in a Cookie Jar. It will be performed at 11am on December 14 to 18, 20 to 23 and 27 to 31, 2012, and on January 2 to 6, 2013.
The show won a prestigious Silver Standard Bank Ovation Award at the National Arts Festival this year, and combines an intriguing blend of non-verbal storytelling, dance, magical pictures, sound and smell which will capture the imagination of young and old alike.
At a not-quite-ordinary kitchen-table, a girl finds kitchen tools and ingredients transform into imaginary friends or weird, sometimes grotesque, creatures of her own fantasy.
“Kitchen Fables in A Cookie Jar, has a subtle similarity to Alice in Wonderland,” says Jori. “It is set in the kind of magical-realistic worlds we get to explore in our dreams and is theatre to engage all the senses. Flying objects, coloured lights, enchanting sounds and delicious smells take the girl on an exciting journey of discovery through dreamy landscapes that give way for a gradual understanding of what play and friendship can bring in times of solitude and being lost.”
Kitchen Fables in A Cookie Jar is created, directed and performed by Jori Snell and Baba Yaga Theatre, which she established in 2004. Jori also created the costume, set and lighting design for the production. Caroline Calburn provided artistic counseling.
Jori Snell is an award-winning performer and educator who has worked extensively around Europe and South Africa. She translates her training in physical theatre, dance, martial arts and mime into a very personal language, often inspired by a weird and humorous, universe. Baba Yaga Theatre combines physical theatre with fairytales, myth, poetry, use of objects, and the creation of magic visual pictures.
Productions include Inua, which won a Silver Standard Bank Ovation Award and a Handspring Puppet Award for Best Visual Performance; and Door which was also nominated for Ovation and Handspring Awards. Jori has worked and taught with companies such as Ubom!, FTH:K, Remix Dance Company, Ikapa Dance Company, UCT Drama Department, UCT School of Dance, New Africa Theatre and City Varsity.