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Pablo Casals, THE CELLIST

Updated: Mar 15

Picture Storytelling in a Peep Box with miniature shadow cutouts


It is 1890. Pablo is 13 years old when his heart jumps an extra beat: he finds in a second-hand sheet music store in Barcelona a copy of Bach's six cello suites.


I tell the life story of Spanish cellist Pablo Casals with illuminated miniature paper cutouts. The story covers the life story of Spanish cellist Pablo Casals from his childhood in El Vendrell ( Catalonia, Spain) until his last concert, here in Jerusalem. At the end the spectator is asked to put on earphones and listen to a recording of Pablo Casals playing his "Song of the Birds" which has become a symbol of peace.




The Peep Box:


Miniature shadow figures:

Credits:


Artwork and Performance: Patricia O'Donovan

Peer Show Box: Mario Keizman

Recorded music: Pablo Casals " Song of the Birds"

Audience: For 1 to 3 spectators.

Languages: Spanish, English or Hebrew

Production: AMBULO Company, 2016.



  • The International Festival of Puppet Theater. The Train Theater of Jerusalem. 2016.

  • The International Festival of Puppet Theater. Holon, Israel. 2019.

  • BARBUR Art Gallery in Jerusalem 2017, B & B residency.

  • CHANUT Theater in Tel Aviv 2018

  • HA ZIRA Public Libraries In Jerusalem 2019.


In 1973 Pablo Casals gave his last concert at the Khan Theater in Jerusalem.

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