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The Production Behind Kid Koala’s Live Silent Film ‘Nufonia Must Fall’ Will Blow Your MindSarah Choi, Indie Wire

Nufonia Must Fall” is a medium-bending production that will remain in the audience’s memory for a long time.Eran Sabaner, The Tufts Daily

The results are nothing short of magicalRachael Carnes, Eugene Weekly

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Directed by K.K. BarrettFeaturing Kid Koalaand the Afiara Quartet

She’s a lonely office girl. He’s an out-of-work robot struggling to find his voice amidst the noise of the city. Little do they know that destiny has programmed them for the greatest love story of our time.

Nufonia Must Fall LIVE: Equal parts cinema, theatre, and musical concert. Watch an amazing team of puppeteers bring the characters of Kid Koala’s graphic novel Nufonia Must Fall to life in miniature sets built to recreate each scene from the book. Under the direction of renowned production designer KK Barrett (Her, Where the Wild Things Are, Adaptation, Being John Malkovich), the performance is cinematically lit, filmed, and projected on a large screen. Kid Koala, accompanied by the Afiara String Quartet, performs his original score on piano and turntable. All of these components come together in real time thanks to a team of twelve talented performers and technicians.

Bring your loved ones — or bring a stranger! Enjoy an evening of entertainment perfect for the whole family or even for a first date. Get comfy and enjoy director KK Barrett’s LIVE version of Kid Koala’s Nufonia Must Fall.

A Note from Kid Koala

One of my fondest memories from childhood was watching Charlie Chaplin films. I remember my whole family, kids, parents AND grandparents, huddled around the screen smiling and laughing along as the story unfolded. Since those days, something about the silent film format has always struck a chord with me. When I was writing Nufonia Must Fall, I always imagined the book being a kind of paperback silent movie. I am so thrilled to be working with director K.K. Barrett, who has had a hand in creating some of my favourite movies and many of the most captivating cinematic visuals in the past 15 years. It has been an amazing experience to see the story literally come to life through this amazing team of set designers, puppeteers and performers. Don’t be fooled by its heavy sounding title, Nufonia Must Fall is just a good old fashioned love story and I hope that audiences will have as much fun watching the show as we have had putting it together!

– Kid Koala

Credits
NUFONIA MUST FALL CO-COMMISSIONED BY LUMINATO FESTIVAL, ADELAIDE FESTIVAL, THE BANFF CENTRE, INTERNATIONALES SOMMERFESTIVAL HAMBURG, NOORDERZON PERFORMING ARTS FESTIVAL GRONINGEN, ROUNDHOUSE UK and BAM
(Creative Team credits)
  • Music by
  • KID KOALA
  • Director
  • K.K. BARRETT
  • Producer
  • RYHNA THOMPSON
  • Set Designer
  • BENJAMIN GERLIS
  • Puppet Designers
  • CLEA MINAKER, PATRICK MARTEL, FÉLIX BOISVERT, KARINA BLEAU
  • Director of Photography
  • AJ KORKIDAKIS
  • String Arrangements and Musical Director
  • VID COUSINS
  • Puppeteers
  • KARINA BLEAU, FÉLIX BOISVERT, CLEA MINAKER
(Performance credits)
  • Puppeteers
  • FÉLIX BOISVERT, TYSON HOUSEMAN, PATRICK MARTEL, VERONICA BARRON
  • Musical Performers
  • KID KOALA & THE AFIARA QUARTET
  • Camera Operator
  • AJ KORKIDAKIS
  • Sound Engineer
  • BEN KNIGHT
  • Video Editor / Technical Director
  • OLIVIER GAUDET-SAVARD
  • Stage Manager
  • NANCY BELZILE
  • Tour Manager
  • BRIAN NEUMAN
(Technical crew credits)
  • Additional Set Designer
  • CORINNE MERRELL
  • Assistant Set Designers
  • JEREMY GORDONEER, MARIE-PIER FORTIER
  • Modelmakers
  • MAUDE-EMELIE BOURQUE, DAN BULLER, CLARA GONZALEZ, KYLE PURVES
  • Puppet Technical Designer
  • PATRICK MARTEL
  • Assistant Puppet Builders
  • ISABELLE CHRÉTIEN, JESSE ORR, CHRISTINE PLOUFFE, VERONIQUE POIRIER
  • Additional Production
  • PATRICIA BOUSHEL, COLIN MACKENZIE, ALEXANDRE GAGNON
Adapted for the stage from Kid Koala’s book and soundtrack Nufonia Must Fall.
Produced by Envision Management & Production and Kid Koala Productions.