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Spring offers for the Little Prince Park !


On April 3rd, The Little Prince Park is reopening for a new season.

If you want to come see it, discover it, or come back, you will enjoy these commercial offers!

From today to April 1st,  Showroom privé is hosting our campaign. The tickets will be at  13€20 instead of 22€.

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You can also treat yourself with a collector ticket !

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See you soon at the Little Prince Park!

 


The Little Prince ballet in Montréal


Read the full interview here

The plot of the 1943 novel revolves around a pilot whose plane has crashed in the Sahara Desert, and his conversation with a little prince from a distant asteroid who is visiting Earth. As the pilot repairs his plane, the little prince tells the story of his life, which includes visiting six other asteroids, each with a different adult, all of whom are fools. The prince also learns important life lessons from characters he has met on Earth.

The company premiered Le Petit Prince in 2012 to great acclaim. This week, Les Grands is reviving the ballet. Didy Veldman, the choreographer, answered a few questions :

What attracted you to Le Petit Prince as a subject for a ballet?

I was inspired by the book’s wonderful message of love. It really struck a chord with me. The book is still so popular because people can relate to the themes.

The obvious question is how do you translate a poetic book of philosophical musings into dance?

The challenge was to keep the purity and simplicity of the original intact. There was also the element of fear because everyone knows the story, so I couldn’t take a well-known book completely out of context. My idea was to set the ballet in a more urban environment. Rather than have the Prince visit other planets, he would only visit Earth. Even when putting him into our environment, he could still have similar experiences to what he had in the book. I’ve made the pilot into a character I call the Guide, a gentle father figure who gives the Prince support and help throughout the piece. The ballet is a series of encounters that reflect the original storyline, only they take place entirely in our world.

Let’s look at how you’ve dealt with some of the famous characters from the book. The Snake is important because he claims to have the power to return the Prince to his home asteroid, which can be interpreted as death.

In the ballet, the Snake does represent the darker side. Like Adam and Eve and the apple, he is the symbol of temptation, and the Prince metaphorically does bite the apple at the end. People who saw the ballet three years ago will notice a change. I wanted the Prince to fall slowly backward after the snakebite, but we couldn’t pull that image off in 2012. Now, the technology is there, so we can create that slow fall in this revival by using a special harness.

The Rose, of course, is the prince’s love interest.

As well as a solo Rose, I’ve put in a female ensemble who are rose petals. They represent falling in love. The moral in the book is that there can be more to life when you share it with someone.

How did you represent the foolish king?

I call him the Leader. He likes to lead and give orders, and his subjects like to follow. The Prince doesn’t understand leading or being led. He tries to join in, but gives up.

You have a character called the Narcissist, whom I assume is the conceited man in the book.

I changed the Narcissist into a woman dressed in gold who wants to be adored. Her aim is to get the Prince to do what she wants, and what she wants is to be lifted higher and higher. She also keeps bowing to get applause and, without fail, the audience always claps on cue.

Can you describe your choreographic language in the piece?

My overall aim was finding movement to express the truthfulness of each character and relationship. That was my vision. Each character is defined by a signature move and a signature colour. Incidentally, I was unhappy with the Prince’s original silver costume. This time, we found new material that looks like aluminum foil. I’m thrilled because now we have “Our Silver Star.” The score is made up of different pieces of taped music that create a unique atmosphere for each scene. We go from Bach to contemporary composers.

The set reflects the skewed world that the Prince finds on Earth.

Yes. We use mirrors at the back of the stage, which allow for changing perspectives and different angles. We see the dancers from the front and from behind. At times we are looking from the outside in. The play of the projections in the mirrors provides the element of what I call structured chaos.

What is the overriding philosophy of your version of Le Petit Prince?

I want to avoid giving answers. Rather, I want to raise questions. Why do we have leaders? Why do we live in cities on top of one another? How come egos are so big? Why do we spend so little time looking at the smaller things in life? The book is about appreciating and cherishing the things that matter. This ballet is something very close to me.

Les Grands Ballets’ Le Petit Prince is at Place des Arts in Montreal, March 19 to 28.


A little lunch for the Little Princes


Boite à gouter Le Petit Prince

With this snack box The Little Prince, you can carry your toddler snacks everywhere.

It has two removable compartments and a hermetic sealing system.

Made of ABS and polypropylene

18 x 14 x 6.5 cm

 Order it online !


Fan Art Friday #79


On Fridays, fans of The Little Prince express their talent with Fan Art Friday!

Send us your creations via our facebook page, we’ll publish them here!

caramela

Caramela

Alejandra Recinos‎

Alejandra Recinos‎

Clau Benitez

Clau Benitez

Eva Andreeva

Eva Andreeva

Last Melancholic

Last Melancholic

Luize Amoras Modesto

Luize Amoras Modesto

Maria Lepaul

Maria Lepaul

Marilyn PG

Marilyn PG

Petite Memeca

Petite Memeca

Stéphanie Giroud

Stéphanie Giroud

Sylvie Alfonsi

Sylvie Alfonsi

Talia Sosa

Talia Sosa


The Little Prince on stage in St Louis, Missouri


BWW Reviews: COCA Theatre Company's Extraordinary THE LITTLE PRINCE

If you’re looking for thoughtful entertainment that’s suitable for children and adults then you should definitely check out the COCA Theatre Company’s current production of The Little Prince based on the classic book by Antoine de Saint Exupery (music by Rick Cummins with book and lyrics byJohn Scoullar). Even if you’ve never read the story, you’ll still be captivated by the whimsical, yet decidedly philosophical, journey of a little boy who travels the stars seeking answers while delivering certain truths. An excellent cast combines professional and non-professional actors who carry this material well. Best of all, there are stunning visual elements and musical numbers that act to enhance the overall experience.

The Little Prince is traveling the universe seeking knowledge and discovering much about the differences between his own planet and the others that he visits. Consistently he finds that those who inhabit other worlds are just too caught up in the business of running them to appreciate their beauty. A chance encounter on Earth with a man known as the Aviator brings them both a bit of enlightenment that will forever change their perspectives.

Michael Harp, so good at The Muny this past season, absolutely sparkles as the Little Prince, delivering his songs with such energy and life that he provides an invigorating presence whenever he’s on stage. Michael Beatty is also sharp as the Aviator, a frustrated artist turned pilot, who’s had to make an emergency landing in the desert. Beatty also displays a fine voice that meshes well with the material. April Strelinger does nice work as the Fox, and her playful attitude acts as a perfect counter balance to the more serious aspects of the show. Patrick Blindauer (King, Business Man, Lamplighter) amuses with his variety of fussy portrayals, and Will Bofiglio does the same with his trio of roles (Conceited Man, Drunkard, Geographer). Kimmie Kid makes a lovely and graceful impression as the Rose, and RhonniRose Mantilla, Halley Stein, Olivia Dudenhoffer, and Grace Knight neatly round out the cast as dancers and members of the ensemble.

Shanara Gabrielle‘s direction is very well conceived and executed. Gabrielle is aided by the extraordinary efforts of Peter and Margery Spack who are responsible for an amazing set and stunning visual projections. Pianist/Conductor Charlie Mueller’s musical direction is spot on, with this pleasant score nicely realized by Mueller, Anna Bird (cello), Colin Healy (guitar/violin), Benjamin Majchrzak (percussion, drums), and Rick Steiling (bass). Lou Bird’s costumes delineate each character, and Maureen Berry’s lighting is evocative and atmospheric.

Do yourself a favor and take the family to see COCA Theatre Company’s production of The Little Prince, it’s genuine delight. It continues through March 14, 2015 at COCA.


253 translations for the Little Prince


Last week, for the global book day, 7Brands created an awesome graphics with the most translated books.

Guess who’s the first one ?


Fan Art Friday #78


On Fridays, fans of The Little Prince express their talent with Fan Art Friday!

Send us your creations via our facebook page, we’ll publish them here!

Arminee Ayvaz

Arminee Ayvaz

Cindy Monge Villanueva

Cindy Monge Villanueva

Dss LG

Dss LG

elaine Briant

Elaine Briant

Hayri Ipek

Hayri Ipek

Kristien Kempeneers

Kristien Kempeneers

Meritxell Parejacasali

Meritxell Parejacasali

Orence Abadia

Orence Abadia

Rita Marie Angèle

Rita Marie Angèle

sol grados

sol grados

Theresa Lizama Hall

Theresa Lizama Hall

XKCD

XKCD

 


New Publishing products


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Find the Fleurus collection on the online store.


Make-me a planet, the board game


Inspired by the whimsical novel The Little Prince, this is a great game for all ages.

Tender, philosophical and sometimes even melancholic, The Little Prince (1943) by French writer Antoine de Saint-Exupéry is not an easy book to describe. Perhaps that is why the story’s whimsical imagery and illustrations – by the author himself – are better-known than its storyline.

Described alternately as a children’s story and an adult fable, the book tells of a pilot stranded in a desert who meets a “little prince” claiming to have fallen to Earth from a small asteroid. Over the next eight days, the prince tells the pilot more about his home planet, as well as the many strange characters he’s met on his journey to Earth, and what unfolds is a richly allegorical tale that deals with themes of love, loss, materialism, and relationships.

Of course, interpreting such deep and abstract concepts into a board game is a tall order, and The Little Prince: Make Me A Planet doesn’t even try. Instead, this pretty little game, designed by Antoine Bauza and Bruno Cathala, simply uses the story’s quirky settings and characters to create a creative and fun playing experience. This is not necessarily a bad thing; it simply means that the game isn’t for you if you prefer something deep and thought-provoking.

That said, there is a fair amount of strategising involved, so don’t write this one off as a lightweight!

The Little Prince: Make Me A Planet is well-made game, with de Saint-Exupéry’s whimsical artwork reproduced on the board.

Make Me A Planet is well-made game, with de Saint-Exupéry’s artwork being used directly, which should please fans tremendously. The concept is simple. Each player builds a planet for the prince, and different elements give your planet more or fewer points. The person with the highest number of points at the end of the game wins.

The game is primarily made up of four different types of tiles: two kinds of planet corner tiles, planet centre titles, and character tiles.

The corner and centre tiles are illustrated with various elements from the book, such as sheep, elephants, lamp posts, and sunsets. The character tiles feature specific people from de Saint-Exupéry’s tale: The Geographer, The Drunkard, The Businessman, and so on, as well as The Little Prince himself.

To play, each player takes turns drawing as many tiles as the number of players, from one of the tile pools (divided by type). The player who draws gets to choose a tile to keep first, before selecting another player to choose. This goes on till each player has taken a tile, and the last to do so begins the next round of drawing.

Players start assembling their planets with each tile they get, much like putting a puzzle together.

By the end of the game, each player will also have drawn four character tiles, one for each corner of the planet. Each character gives points in different ways; for instance, The Businessman allows you to score points for each Sheep on your planet, The Lamplighter gives you points for each lamp post, and The Turkish Astronomer scores points for each Large Star.

1. The Little Prince: Make Me A Planet is well-made game, with de Saint-Exupry’s whimsical artwork reproduced on the board. 2. Tiles are illustrated with various elements from the book, such as sheep, elephants, lamp posts, and sunsets, as well as characters.

There are dangers, however. Remember the fearsome baobab trees that threaten to overrun the prince’s planet in the books? They’re here too, and if three or more of them pop up on your planet, you have to turn over the tiles they’re on – meaning any other elements on those tiles don’t count towards points. And while the prince’s home planet had three volcanoes, having too many in the game is a setback, because the person with the most number of volcanoes has the equivalent number of points deducted from their score.

Bringing together luck and strategy, Make Me A Planet makes for a quick yet very enjoyable game. The gameplay allows players to both gamble their luck by choosing particular tiles that they hope will increase their points as well as sabotage other players by taking tiles that may be useful to them.

It is also a fairly simple game that can be played with people of all ages (the game recommends ages eight and above), with only minimal set-up and familiarising needed before you begin – a definite plus if you’re playing with children. And because it doesn’t rely on prior knowledge of the book, players don’t even need to be familiar with the story; as long as they’re up to trying something new, they’re likely to enjoy this fast-paced game.

True fans of The Little Prince may be a little disappointed that Make Me A Planet doesn’t delve deeper into the book’s mythos, but it must be acknowledged that the story itself, with its many metaphors and abstractions, is not one that lends itself easily to “gamification”. Instead, this is a fun way to engage with some of the book’s whimsies, and perhaps even encourage those who have yet to read the book to give it a try.

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The Solar Impulse took off !


What is Solar Impulse ?

The only airplane of perpetual endurance, able to fly day and night on solar power, without a drop of fuel.

The challenge is to attempt the First Round-The-World Solar Flight in 2015. A way for Bertrand Piccard, André Borschberg and their team to demonstrate how pioneering spirit, innovation and clean technologies can change the world.

«Just imagine your energy reserves increasing during flight! To make this dream a reality, we had to make maximum use of every single watt supplied by the sun, storing any surplus in our batteries.» ANDRÉ BORSCHBERG

The route: Si2 will take-off from Abu Dhabi, capital of the United Arab Emirate, in late February or early March and return by late July or early August 2015. The route includes stops in Muscat, Oman; Ahmedabad and Varanasi, India; Mandalay, Myanmar; and Chongqing and Nanjing, China. After crossing the Pacific Ocean via Hawaii, Si2 will fly across the Continental U.S.A. stopping in three locations – Phoenix, and New York City at JFK. A location in the Midwest will be decided dependent on weather conditions. After crossing the Atlantic, the final legs include a stop-over in Southern Europe or North Africa before arriving back in Abu Dhabi. Solar Impulse unveiled the flight path in Abu Dhabi alongside partner representatives. This included main partners Solvay, Omega, Schindler and ABB. They were also joined by official partners Altran, Bayer, Google, Swiss Re Corporate Solutions, Swisscom and Moët Hennessy alongside Solar Impulse’s host partner Masdar, Abu Dhabi’s renewable energy company. 
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