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André Laliberté, artistic director

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Citation Winner BadgeThe Star Keeper

by Richard Lacroix, André Laliberté & Richard Morin



A star falling from the heavens was enough... to turn The Star Keeper, a show by Théâtre de l’Œil, into a little miracle. For twenty years now, Pretzel, a funny little worm with a funny little face has travelled the roads and skies of the whole world. Created in 1997 by Richard Lacroix, André Laliberté and Richard Morin, Le Porteur / The Star Keeper has visited more than ten countries of course including Canada and Quebec... For a total of more than seven hundred performances! And a few awards: the prestigious Chalmers Canadian Play Award, Theatre for Young Audiences in 2001, a Citation of Excellence in the Art of Puppetry from UNIMA-USA in 2005 and three Masques in 1999 from the Académie québécoise du théâtre: Best Production for Young Audiences, Best Set Design and Special Contribution for the puppet design.

Theatre of images, shadows and light, the world of Pretzel is inhabited by comical, surprising and touching characters: a spider who tap dances in the theatre-belly of a man, a mermaid playing hard to get at a fish ball, a family of picnicking seahorses, a temperamental baby and a dignified lady who is very, very old…

Universal theatre without words and without borders, The Star Keeper is immersed in the magical universe of children's dreams. The puppets, music, scenography and special effects create a delicate and poetic language which tells the story of the initiatory quest of Pretzel and his shining star. André Laliberté manipulates illusion the way others play with words, and the chemistry created between the puppets and the subtle technical effects commands admiration.

Le Porteur / The Star Keeper premiered at the French Theater of the National Arts Centre in Ottawa in November 1997 and began its international career at The Kennedy Center in Washington (DC) in spring 1999.


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Richard Lacroix, André Laliberté, Richard Morin

Stage Direction
André Laliberté

Puppet Design
Richard Morin

Set and Prop Design
Richard Lacroix


Libert Subirana

Luc Désilets

Movement Coach
Sylvain Émard

Cast                                                                     Jean Cummings, Stéphane Heine,
Myriame Larose, Graham Soul


Crédit : Léon Gniwesch

Pierrot   BelleLurette   Pretzel

Rather grouchy and clumsy, he is responsible for bringing in the night and lighting the stars in the sky.


Daisy Bygone
A very old lady whose heart is as fragile as Chinese porcelain.



A small, friendly worm who loves to help others. A chivalrous knight lost in modern times.

Leontine   Centaure   Somnanbule

Maggie Mischief
A spoiled little girl who throws terrible tantrums when she doesn’t get her way.


Cedrick the Centaur
So big that his head is literally in the clouds, he occasionally leans down to help those smaller than him.


The Three Sleepwalkers
Triplets with two faces, who alternate between fantasies and dreams. Their feet never really touch the ground.






Poissons   Hippocampe   Dompteur

The Accordion-Fish
The grand champions of underwater ping-pong, they’re always together, no matter what they’re looking for: a bubble, a ball, or a shipwrecked star.


The Seahorse Family
World travellers and litterers, they travel around the ocean floor with their camper, leaving heaps of garbage in their wake.


The Bubble Charmer
He captures, tames and collects all bubbles that come within his reach. A real "bubblyphile".


" We emerge from a performance of Le Porteur / The Star Keeper as is from a deep sleep filled with strange dreams, somewhat numb, our head full of images and fleeting questions. This Théâtre de l'Œil puppet show artfully takes us on an imaginative journey between the infinitely small and the infinitely large."

Josiane Desloges, LE SOLEIL, December 2013 (English Translation: Denise Babin)


" Another jewel of the programming is The Star Keeper, by Théâtre de l’Œil. The festival has been waiting many years for the show by this company from Canada. A country that has not only great theatre directors for adults but also excellent formation for Young people. "

EL CULTURAL, March 2011

" Upon its 1997 debut, the show won numerous artistic awards in its native Canada, and its world tours have included Japan, Mexico, Germany, France and the United States. This particular leg will mark its 500th performance, and Graham Soul has helped pull strings on each one. The puppeteer and Montreal

native, who has been with the show for more than a decade, says he's continually inspired by its sensory stimulation. "

Jade Bérubé, VOIR, October 2005 (English Translation: Graham Soul)

" If this fantasy epic is devoured with pleasure by children, but also by adults with a touch of reverie, it is thanks to the attention brought to each detail, by the succession of varied environments, by the diverse and meticulous manipulation techniques (...) All within the context of visual poetry that is both fresh and full of meaning. "

Élisabeth Chardon, LE TEMPS, November 2001(English Translation: Graham Soul)

No matter how old you are, a good deal of the delight in all of this derives from the precision of its execution. I'm talking about the thrill that we get from knowing that real human beings are creating fabulous worlds right in front of our eyes. (...) The range of textures those God-like hands achieve is remarkable... "

Colin Thomas, THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, December 2000

It's hard not to be over the moon about The Star Keeper, a stunning triumph of puppetry and imagination sure to enchant children, young and old. "

Kevin Prokosh, WINNIPEG FREE PRESS, Friday, March 2000

" Although I am rarely thrilled by a "theatre of images", I admit that in this case I was won over by the sequencing, the puppet's personalities and the magic of this work. (…) Breaking language barrier, this show travels freely, with its head in the star. "

Patricia Belzil, VOIR, March 1998

" It's a treat. to call creators Richard Lacroix, André Laliberté and Richard Morin inventive is an understatement. The visuals are flawless. (...) Composer Libert Subirana rises to the challenge with a creation that is much more than a mere melodic collection of notes. (...) And accolades go to the puppeteers who manipulate the 25 or so puppets. "

Kathryn Greenaway, THE GAZETTE, Friday, March 1998



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