MOCA is pleased to present a revival of Pablo Cano’s 2004 musical marionette production, The Toy Box. Featuring marionettes and stage set created from found objects by Miami performance artist Pablo Cano, The Toy Box is based on Claude Debussy’s 1913 children’s ballet La Boite a Joujoux, a solo piano piece that was intended for marionettes, but never realized during the French composer’s lifetime. Bringing the marionettes to life in the MOCA production are Cano’s collaborators, choreographer Katherine Kramer, and concert pianist Karen Schwartz. Containing French folk melodies, parodies of other composers and quotations from Debussy’s own works, the original musical score for La Boite A Joujoux included drawings by artist Andre Helle and a libretto that told the story of a love triangle between three dolls. The cast of characters reflected the tradition of Commedia dell’arte and with Polichinelle, Harlequin, Pierrot and other stock characters popular in European street theater. When not in performance, the marionettes and set will be on view during museum hours. Pablo Cano: The Toy Box is commissioned by the Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami.
Known as the museum “where new art is discovered,” MOCA is internationally recognized as a force in defining new trends and directions in contemporary art. The museum originates most of its own exhibitions, presenting an exciting mix of both emerging and legendary artists.
Visitors from around the world are drawn to its permanent collection reflecting the most important developments in contemporary art. MOCA presents a continuous calendar of lectures by renowned artists and critics, film screenings, concerts, and cutting edge performances. It has attracted nationwide attention for highly original education and outreach programs that make contemporary art accessible, understandable, and enjoyable to people of all ages.
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