The Storyville Mosquito
Kid Koala / a co-presentation with Mois Multi
Kid Koala’s latest live production. Performed, filmed, projected and scored onstage at each performance.
A young mosquito leaves his small town in the country to seek fame and fortune in the big city and fulfill his dream of playing in one of the greatest bands of all time at Sid Villa’s Music Hall.
Watch as a team of 14 performers brings this story to life simultaneously on the stage and screen. The production incorporates miniature sets, live puppetry, cinematography, and live music by Kid Koala and a string trio. Each show is performed, filmed, projected and scored in real time—a funny, emotive, Chaplin-esque live theatre experience that’s fun for the entire family.
Kid Koala has established himself as a respected performer, film composer, theatre producer and visual artist. His career began as a scratch DJ in 1994, rapidly growing a cult fan base due to his virtuosic skills. Ever innovating, he quickly evolved into combining turntables with analog machines and visual storytelling devices to create his signature style. Kid Koala jumps effortlessly between genres as eclectic as hip hop, ambient, alternative, contemporary classical, blues, classic rock and traditional jazz. He has released five solo albums on Ninja Tune and three albums on Arts & Crafts Records. He has also toured with Radiohead, Jack Johnson, the Beastie Boys, Money Mark, A Tribe Called Quest, Mike Patton, Jack Johnson, DJ Shadow and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band. He has collaborated with Deltron 3030, Gorillaz, Lovage, the Slew and the Afiara String Quartet. He has written and produced collaborative albums with vocalists Emilìana Torrini and Trixie Whitley and scored the multi-platform video game Floor Kids.
Kid Koala’s unforgettable live shows range from touring turntable carnivals like Vinyl Vaudeville to immersive multimedia shows like Nufonia Must Fall, the Storyville Mosquito, Satellite Turntable Orchestra, and Space Cadet Headphone Concert—each of which expresses his unique form of storytelling with music, animation, film and interactive entertainment.
He has contributed to scores for the films The Great Gatsby; Baby Driver; Scott Pilgrim vs. the World; Men, Women & Children; Shaun of the Dead; and Looper amongst others. He has composed music for the National Film Board of Canada, the Cartoon Network, Sesame Street and Adult Swim. He has also been commissioned to create music for runway shows for Belgian fashion designer Dries Van Noten. He has published the award-winning graphic novels Nufonia Must Fall and Space Cadet.
Kid Koala has toured six continents and lives with his wife and two daughters in Montreal, Canada.
Feb 22 to 24, 2023 — 80 minutes with no intermission $50 — $65
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La magie de ce spectacle tient au fait que la manipulation des marionnettes, les déplacements de l’équipe de tournage, les changements de décor et le travail des musiciens, tout est fait au vu et au su des gens dans la salle. Il y a tant à voir qu’on promène sans cesse son regard d’un créateur à l’autre, émerveillé par ce qui prend vie.
Creator, Director, Musical Score Kid Koala (Eric San)
Producer Ryhna Thompson
Production Manager Brian Neuman
Art Director Corinne Merrell
Assistant Set Designer Nancy Belzile
Puppet Designer Patrick Martel
Director of Photography AJ Korkidakis
Musical Director Vid Cousins
Co-composers Vid Cousins and Dave Campbell
Lighting Designer Olivier Gaudet Savard
Technical Directors Brian Neuman, Guillaume Briand
Additional Set Builders Nancy Belzile, Faustine Berthet, Joseph Gagne, Bruno-Pierre Houle, Alizée Millot
Additional Puppet Builders Isabelle Chretien, Sophie Dealauriers, Véronique Poirier, Marie-Pierre Simard, Sandra Turgeon, Colin St-Cyr Duhamel
Musicians Eric San (Kid Koala), Marcus Takizawa (violin), Audreanne Filion (cello), Lana Tomlin (viola)
Puppeteers Patrick Martel, Anne Lalancette, Colin St-Cyr Duhamel, Sandra Turgeon
Videographer AJ Korkidakis
Sound Mix Engineer Rena Kozak
Live Video Editor Phil Creamer
Tour Manager Brian Neuman
Assistant Puppeteer Alizee Millot
Assistant Puppeteer Maggie Winston
Represented and Produced by Envision Management & Production
Management Envision Management & Production
Co-commissioned by Internationales Sommerfestival Kampnagel, Place des Arts and it’s Foundation and NYU Abu Dhabi The Arts Center. Created with support from the Canada Council for the Arts and the Conseil des Arts et des Lettres du Quebec. Developed with support from the National Arts Centre’s National Creation Fund. The performances in Hamburg are supported by the Canada Council for the Arts and the Government of Canada and the Embassy of Canada Berlin and SODEC Quebec.