“Manual Cinema is talent incarnate…[their] elegant live-scored ‘silent films’ evoke sweetness, poignancy and fright.” – Time Out New York
Mementos Mori is a lively, beguiling meditation on death and dying, and a handmade love letter to the cinema, that imbues the experience of attending a movie with live, theatrical immediacy.
When Death takes an unexpected holiday, an elderly film projectionist finds a new lease on life; a ghost explores the afterlife with her iPhone; and a seven-year-old girl discovers her own mortality. In Manual Cinema’s most ambitious show to date, a cast of six puppeteers use hundreds of paper puppets, seven overhead projectors, two cameras, and three screens to create a live “movie” in front of the audience. Accompanied by four musicians and live sound effects, the result is a rich mosaic of cinematic storytelling all performed live with puppets.
Mementos Mori premiered in 2015 at the Museum of Contemporary Art as part of the Chicago International Puppetry Festival.
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