DNA's latest performance for adults and
children concerns Baba Yaga, a character from Russian folklore.
It is one of many fairytales that are not stepmother-friendly
(she goes up in flames ant the end!), but Baba Yaga is more
of an old lady stuck in her ways than a wicked witch. She
has been around long enough to earn respect, if not entire
alleigance, from natural forces. Her house on chicken legs
is guarded by a moving forest, a grumpy bear and two skulls
This is scary territory. The little girl
in front of me jumped a few times (so did I). However, she
could also easily relate to this coming-of-age story about
a little girl with her magic doll who has to learn how to
The production is an effective use of DNA's
trademark puppetry and visual theatre techniques. It's dynamic
use of overhead projectors, simple torchlight and a few pieces
of material make the set look like hand-made magic. The poetical
moments are very elaborate, in particular the striking Images
of horsemen Day and Night riding in shadows over flags to
make crops grow overnight.
DNA's next offering, Puss in Boots, will
be touring throughout 2006: go along and see for yourself
how, with a few bits and bobs, and a touch of poetry, a magical
world can be crafted right in front of your eyes.