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Parrot

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Music by Emily Doolittle
Visuals by Kathy Ridl

 
 

Why the Parrot
Repeats Human Words
A tale from Thailand adapted by Emily Doolittle and Talespin
Performance time ca. 20min

“Long ago, it was not the parrot which humans kept as a household companion, but the crow. The crow was quick and bright, and could easily repeat human words. What’s more, he could use human language to express his own thoughts. Human and crow would pass their days in lively conversation. One was seldom seen without the other.
This happy companionship was not to last. One day a farmer saw his neighbor’s goat in his field. It was a fine goat: young, fat, lively. The farmer wanted it. Instead of returning the goat, as you or I would have done, he took the goat for himself…”

This adaptation of a traditional Thai folktale offers a refreshing change from modern, happy-ending, fairy tales and offers a stunning insight into humankind’s aversion to the truth.

The music, by renowned Canadian composer Emily Doolittle, is intriguing and highly atmospheric and the accompanying colorful illustrations, by New Yorker Kathy Ridl are slow-paced computer-animation in style.

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