How I learned to talk with birds

Humans… they’re too complicated! So Miss Mouche practices flying and learns the language of birds. Poetic, touching and comical, this solo combines storytelling, projections, music and zany dances. Dynamic projections of fanciful birds from Buffon’s encyclopedia from the 18th century bring forward Les Filles électriques’ signature aesthetic, a blend of vintage and fantastical imagery.

D. Kimm, artist-of-all-trades, has created an endearing character with a clownish touch. It’s hard not to fall in love with Miss Mouche and her penchant for kung fu and hip-hop. Be ready for your imagination to take off with Miss Mouche’s wacky tales and giant bird projections straight out of Buffon’s 18th-century encyclopedia.

The artist had the opportunity to take part in creation residencies at the Salle Albert-Dumochel in Valleyfield (Valspec), at the Maison de la culture du Plateau-Mont-Royal and at the Maison de la culture Parc-Extension. An initial version of the show was presented at the Les Coups de Théâtre (2016) and Petits Bonheurs (2017) festivals. The finalized version was a resounding success when it was presented in 2018 at the National Arts Centre’s French Theatre in Ottawa.

The show lasts 45 minutes and is geared towards families, particularly children ages 4 to 9 (kindergarten & primary school, 1st to 4th year). It can be presented in small to medium-sized venues.

Creation team

  • Concept, text, staging & interpretation: D. Kimm
  • Music: Guido Del Fabbro
  • Lighting: Lucie Bazzo
  • Video projections: Allison Moore
  • Costumes & accessories: Lucie Bazzo, Maude Audet, Erica Schmitz, Nicole Villiger, Catherine Fournier-Poirier
  • Dramaturgical counsel: Jasmine Dubé, Simon Boulerice
  • Outside eye: Danielle Lecourtois, Hélène Langevin, Yves Dagenais