Eclectic puppets and music

For all ages (from children over 9)
Techniques String, table and glove puppets, shadows
Live music clarinet, base clarinet, accordion, drum set, voice
Creation spring 2015

She is a puppeteer, he is a musician. Life and death are playing in their cabaret. The
big imaginary machinery they are activating together strangely looks like the one which
presides over our destinies: this weaving loom that the Ancients believed it belongs to
the three Parcae –Tria Fata – where the threads of our lives are weaving, uncoiling and

It is in this way that an old woman is facing Death. Her time has come as soon as the
show begins. To set the date for payment as late as possible, that one suggests to this
one to deploy the panorama of her life in fast motion. In this way, the audience member
is led to consider all the metamorphosis of a life exposed before his eyes, in a dynamic,
exuberant, unusual and hallucinatory form. From birth to death, from childhood to love:
game, high-wire, images, fire – a large kaleidoscope is swirling before the extinction,
moving from one threshold to the other, in the shine of unlikely figures.

All the emotions and seasons are offered at the mercy of a Russian dolls dramaturgy,
where the old woman’s acting falls in with the one of the actors, itself resulting from the
Parcae’s one, in such a way that the puppet is then presented – depending on the more
striking relief – as a universal symbol of humanity.

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NONA (Origines)

Initially, the puppeteers of La Pendue were looking to find again the original strength of
their art into the ancient tradition of Polichinelle. They tackled the job for three years,
from the street, out of the festivals, in a mere castelet, before they managed to wake up
this great myth with two creations: Le Remède de Polichinelle (childlike version) and Poli
(crazy version for adult audience). Within seven years, they have been invited
to present these two versions close to eight hundred times, in France and around 30
countries, for more than 120 000 spectators. Through this original form, dynamic, popular
and exigent, they learned the arcane secrets of a difficult and often unexpected art
with unmatchable wealth.

In parallel, Estelle Charlier and Romuald Collinet were mulling over new tracks, looking
to create a catharsis phenomenon as powerful and unanimous as the one fomented by
their show Poli Dégaine, but on a very different note. This time they chose to play on the
poetic and emotional efficiency of images, dramaturgy and music, from a very modern
perspective which does not spare any spectator. In collaboration with the musician
Martin Kaspar Läuchli, the dramatist and director Pavlina Vimmrova and the writer
Romaric Sangars, they gave birth, this spring 2015, to the show: Tria Fata.

DECIMA (Developments)

Tria Fata is the result of long researches in puppetry, La Pendue Company having explored
the ambivalent relationship the puppet can develop with its creators-handlers, the
strong symbolism it is able to emerge immediately, as its “weightlessness point” between
inanimate and living things. This show, magic and technical, poetic and burlesque, aims,
among other goals, to break down all the prejudices which clutter up the surprising
liberty of the puppet.

This liberty is giving free reins to its imagination within the musical atmosphere developed
by Martin Kaspar Läuchli in response to Estelle Charlier’s acting. And if the first is
a one-man band alternating the instruments, (clarinet, bass clarinet, accordion, drums,
voice), the second one is a woman orchestrating the most diverse forms, handling at
sight, playing, wearing different masks – both of them doubling their own multiplicity,
with the intention of delivering a true oneiric vertigo where puppets, humans and great
archetypes are mutating and inverting for the greatest resonance of mystery.

MORTA (It is at the end that everything begins…)

If death remains the privileged interlocutor of the heroin of Tria Fata, the perspective is
however, more than macabre, fundamentally burlesque. Moreover, the last Fate is representing
here the final threshold to be passed within a narration and a scenography which
are first insisting on the human adventure as a succession of metamorphosis.

Each of these metamorphosis, each of these stages, is giving rise to a special game,
whether one is talking about cutting one’s stomach with an electric knife to give birth,
hanging at the end of one’s string like a brass ring, indulging in the acrobatics which
engages a first passion, or seeing the old age coming like a whirl of slides.

In this way, we can perceive, as a watermark, the Three Fates myth, Nona, Decima, Morta;
the one who gives birth, the one who lets live and the one who kills, which parts are
surreptitiously shouldered by the puppeteer unfolding the life of a midwife under Death’s
impatient eye.

Distribution / Partners

With Estelle Charlier and Martin Kaspar Läuchli
Project managed by Estelle Charlier
Direction Romuald Collinet
Directing collaboration Pavlina Vimmrova
Music Martin Kaspar Orkestar
Text and artistic look Romaric Sangars
Light and technical manager Anthony Lopez
Puppets and scenography Estelle Charlier andRomuald Collinet
Technicians Anthony Lopez and Andi Luchsinger
Administration Patricia Lecoq

Production : Théâtre de l’Homme Ridicule
Coproduction : Le Tricycle Grenoble
Support: Département de l’Isère, Ville de Winterthur Swizzerland, Théâtre du Temple de Saillans. les Ateliers de Couture et de construction de la Ville de Grenoble.This show has received the support from SPEDIDAM, a collection and distribution company that manages the rights of performers in the recording, broadcasting and reuse of registered services, and the support from French Institute for projects abroad.
This show has also received the support from the French Institute at Paris.


« Chef d’œuvre sombre et burlesque » ( qui « s’impose par son charme indélébile et ses touches de folie » (MonTheatre), Tria Fata a déjà visité douze pays répartis sur deux continents (Europe et Amérique).
« Funny, poignant, ethereal and satisfying. Joy in life and death » (Chicago Puppet Festival)
« Tria Fata… ou un Chagall vivant » (Yannick Butel / L’Insensé)


Festival Les Mains en l’Air – Le Quartz – Guilers (29) 2023
Le Cairn – Lans-en-Vercors (38) 2023
Schaubude – Berlin – Germany 2023
PAULA Interfestival – St Gallen – Swizzerland 2023
Ville de Romagnat – Romagnat (63) 2023
Nuit de la Marionnette –  Théâtre Châtillon Clamart – à Clamart (92) 2023
Cité Musicale Metz –  Metz (57) 2023
Cinéma Théâtre – La Mure (38) 2023
ANIMA International Festival- Cagliari – Sardinia – Italy – 2022
Puppet International Festival – Meppel – Holland – 2022
FIF Figur i Fossekleiva – Berger – Norway – 2022
Nemzetközi Bábfesztivál – Békéscsaba – Hongrie – 2022
Festival Viv’Arts Cité, Longwy (54) – 2022
L’Heure Bleue, Saint Martin d’Hères (38) – 2022
Espace Aragon, Villard Bonnot (38) – 2022
Scène 55, Mougins (06) – 2022
GRRRANIT Scène Nationale de Belfort, Belfort (90) – 2022
Théâtre Gérard Philippe, Frouard (54) – 2022
Théâtre de Givors (69) – 2022
Théâtre Hélios – Mérinchal (23)- 2021
Train Théâtre, Porte-les-Valence (26) 2021
FranceInternational Festival of Puppetry – Goeteborg – Suede, 2021
Festival Michtô, Nancy (54) 2021
Festival Be.Tween – Lärz -Allemagne, 2021
Festival MIMOS – Périgueux (24), 2021
Travail et Culture, Saint Maurice l’Exil (38), 2021
MOMIX Festival, Kingersheim (68), 2021
Amphithéâtre de Pont de Claix, Pont de Claix (38), 2020
M Festival, Lille (59), 2020 => ANNULE
Festival Découvertes Images et Marionnettes, Tournai, BELGIQUE, 2020
Festival Banialuka, POLOGNE, 2020 => ANNULE 
Théâtre Hélios à Mérinchal (23), 2020  => ANNULE
Nantholia à Nantheuil (24), 2020 => ANNULE
IF Festival, Milan, ITALIE, 2020 => ANNULE
Scènes des Vosges, Epinal (88), 2020
La Fabrique, Effigie(s) Théâtre, Meung-sur-Loire (45), 2020
Festival Imaginale, Heilbronn, Mannheim, Stuttgart, ALLEMAGNE, 2020
Opéra de St Etienne (42), 2020
London International Mime Festival, ANGLETERRE, 2020
Festival International, Neuchâtel, SUISSE, 2020
Festival of Wonder, Silkeborg, DANEMARK, 2020
Festival Off Avignon 2019
Festival of Animated Object, Calgary, CANADA, 2019
Festival de Casteliers, Montréal, CANADA, 2019
Chicago International Puppet Theater Festival, Chicago, ETATS-UNIS, 2019
Festival du Tof Théâtre, Genappe, BELGIQUE, 2018
Titeremurcia, Murcia, ESPAGNE, 2018
Théâtre de Poche, Grenoble, SUEDE 2018
Popup Puppets Festival, Stockholm, SUEDE 2018
Festival PannOpticum, Neusiedl am See, AUTRICHE 2018
Les Rotondes, Luxembourg, LUXEMBOURG 2018
Festival Saperlipuppet, Espace Culturel Capellia, La Chapelle-sur-Erdre (44) 2018
Festival « Au fil de la Marionnette », Espace jéliote, Oloron-Sainte-Marie (64) 2017
At.Tension Festival, Lärz, ALLEMAGNE 2017
Festival Sur la route du Sirque, Nexon (87) 2017 : Prix Balle d’Argent du jury à trois balles.
Festival international de Marionnette QUIQUIRIQUI, Centro Federico García Lorca, Granada, ESPAGNE 2017
Festival RéciDives, Dives-sur-Mer (14) 2017
Festival de l’Arpenteur, Les Adrets (38) 2017
Festival Puppet Metamorphoses vol.2, Bialystok, POLOGNE 2017
FIMFA Festival, Sao Luiz Teatro Municipal, Lisboa, PORTUGAL 2017
Theater Winterthur, SUISSE 2017
ATP Terres du Sud, Salle Jean Pierre Cassel, Grau du Roi (30) 2017 – Festival Méliscènes à Auray (56) 2017
Latitude 50, Marchin, BELGIQUE 2017
Marionnettissimo, L’Escale, Tournefeuille (31) 2016
Marionnettissimo, Espace Job, Toulouse (31) 2016
TJP – Centre Dramatique National d’Alsace, Strasbourg (67) 2016
Al! Festival, Teatro con títeres y objetos, Zaragoza, ESPAGNE 2016
Mi-Scéne, Poligny (39) 2016
NordArt Festival, Stein am Rein, SUISSE 2016
Weekend Marionnettes J-365 #4, Charleville-Mézière (08)
Chalon dans la rue, Collectif de l’Abattoir, Chalon-sur-saône (71) 2016
17th Festival international of Redondela, ESPAGNE 2016
Festival Titirimundi, Segovia, ESPAGNE 2016
Fira de Titelles de Lleida, ESPAGNE 2016 : Prix Drac d’Or du meilleur spectacle et Prix du jury international
Festival Bozewolf, Aarschot, BELGIQUE, 2016
Théâtre de Poche, Le Tricycle, Grenoble (38), 2016
LAVA | Laboratorio de las Artes, Valladolid, ESPAGNE, 2015
Theater Im Waaghaus, Marionetten Theater, Winterthur, SUISSE, 2015 et 2016 – Festival Mondial des Théâtres de Marionnettes de Charleville (08), 2015
Théâtre 145, Grenoble (38), 2015
Skupova Pilsen festival, REPUBLIQUE TCHEQUE, 2015
Festival Schaubudensommer, Dresden, ALLEMAGNE, 2015
La Bobine, Grenoble (38), 2015
Festival BriKaBrak, La Bugue (24), 2015
Festival Rencontres Entre les Mondes, Chabeuil (26), 2015
Westflügel Leipzig, ALLEMAGNE, 2015
Théâtre du Temple, Saillans (26), 2015


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