A young mosquito leaves his small town in the country to seek fame and fortune in the big city and fulfill his dream of playing in one of the greatest jazz bands of all time at Sid Villa’s Music Hall…
The Storyville Mosquito is a live animated graphic novel that’s performed, filmed and scored in real time. A team of performers, musicians, foley artists and technicians cinematically bring the characters to life using miniature sets, puppets, multiple cameras and screens. The puppets tell the story accompanied by an original music soundtrack featuring a jazz trio and Kid Koala on turntables, keyboards and electronics.
The Storyville Mosquito speaks to traditions held sacred within the old-time jazz world: honesty, improvisation, inner voice, style, and collaboration. It is the follow-up to Kid Koala’s hugely successful Nufonia Must Fall Live stage performance, further developing the emotion, the craft, the art and Kid’s skills as a composer, writer, and in this case, director.
Kid Koala is a world-renowned scratch-DJ, producer, performer and graphic novelist. He has released five solo albums, numerous collaborative albums and two graphic novels. He’s toured with Radiohead, Arcade Fire, Beastie Boys and has contributed to film scores such as Baby Driver, Looper, The Great Gatsby, and Scott Pilgrim vs. the World. Kid Koala's multi-disciplinary productions have toured five continents.
The National Creation Fund’s investment of $130,000 makes it possible for Kid Koala to bring together an augmented creative team, including award-winning mentors, and provides the additional development time required to fully explore the advanced technology and perfect the intricate interplay of puppets, live film, lighting and staging.
Created with support from the Canada Council for the Arts, Conseil des Arts et des Lettres du Quebec, and Place des Arts. Developed with support from the National Arts Centre’s National Creation Fund.
November 27 to December 8, 2019: World premiere at Place des Arts (Montreal)