Guji Guji - on tour in Taiwan, 2016

Photo: Martin Skoog

Guji Guji is a tale about differences and similarities, love, friendship and thinking for yourself.

Based on the childrens book Guji Guji by Chih Yuan Chen (Taiwan) from 2003

The background production story in short

Guji Guji is produced by Boulevardteatern, artistic director is Roger Westberg. We are a theatre with our own venue in the center of Stockholm. Guji had it´s premiere in Gothenburg/ Sweden the 26 of september 2015.

It´s based on the childrens book Guji Guji by Chih Yuan Chen (Taiwan) from 2003. In Sweden the translation came last year. The book is very popular in the US. Chih Yuan Chen received the International IBBY Peter Pan price at the Bookfair in Gothenburg for best international childrenbook. He saw the show and was very pleased – he liked that the crocos were so ”bad”.

Taiwan Tour

The show toured in Taiwan in September 2016 – 8 soldout shows in three cities, it was a great succes.

Francis Shen at IFKIDS wrote:
”What a wonderful experience! Taiwanese kids loved the show!”... ”The music was sensational, and the actresses were very welltrained. Every department of the show was all to the point.”

About

The story begins wih a crocodileegg that lands in a ducks´nest.
Out pops Guji Guji- a small crocodile that becomes raised as a duck. Mother Duck doesn´t care that Guji is different from the other young ones. They are her children and she loves them all, just the way they are. Problems arise when Guji Guji meets two big crocodiles. They declare that Guji is a bloodthirsty duck-eating crocodile - just like them!

On stage: Sara Ribbenstedt, Julia Gumpert, Martina Grimstedt
Director: Daniel Goldmann
Music and lyrics: Jörgen Aggeklint
Set and costume: Lina Serning
Photo: Martin Skoog
Light design: Pär Ibbing
Mask: Isabelle de Boulloche
The show is approximately 50 min long.

About the actors and the directot

Sara Ribbenstedt , Martina Grimstedt, and Julia Gumpert – three girls educated in the art of mime. Sara and Julia at the Mimeacedemy (Teaterhögskolan) in Stockholm. And Martina at Moveo in Barcelona. And they all are educated at Boulevardteaterns theatreschool before that.

Daniel Goldmann, actor, teacher at Boulevardteaterns theatreschool, and also a director, is a brilliant person that I have had the pleasure to work with once before. 

The book "Guji-Guji" by Chih-Yuan Chen
The book "Guji-Guji" by Chih-Yuan Chen

Press Reviews

"This is so good I keep forgetting it´s a childrenshow"
" The kids are sitting like meerkats, still , silent, and observant Enchanted"
" A tribute to Chih Yuan Chens book/.../and an accolade to imagination, humour, and the unlimited art of mime."

AtLeastOnceAWeek

”What a wonderful experience! Taiwanese kids loved the show!”... ”The music was sensational, and the actresses were very welltrained. Every department of the show was all to the point.”
Francis Shen IFKIDSTHEATRE Taiwan

Swedish press
"Multi-layered children’s theatre about identity"
" A joyful journey with plenty of music, singing and dancing"

Alingsås Tidning

" The tightly-knit ensemble, Martina Grimstedt, Sara Ribbenstedt and Ana Stanisic,play waddling ducks and sneaky crocodiles. They possess a great sense of physical dynamic acting and contact with the audience."
"Daniel Goldmann’s motion-based directing and Jörgen Aggeklint’s effective theatre music create a dramatisation that becomes, more or less, a mini-musical."
"We learn to appreciate our differences and to challenge the things we take for granted."

SvD

Photos

Photo: Martin Skoog
Illustration:Chih-Yuan Chen

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