Mr. Kookaburra and Kukkaroo Premiere

Does Kookaburra litter, will Kukkaroo drown?

Mr. Kookaburra is a good-natured silly, singing goof, messy, laughing, with tousled hair, a winged fool. And wherever Mr. Kookaburra goes, he leaves a mark: an untidy and filthy area. But snappy Kukkaroo is another kind. She gets irritated if the world is not the way it should be, places in order and the hat tilted to the right angle. And if there is something she dislikes, it's trash.

In the Australian aboriginal mythology, the kookaburra bird is the morning awakener, whose loud laughter is impossible to ignore. Also in this story, he awakens both himself and the audience. Through humorous characters, the play approaches big themes: littering, friendship, diversity and tolerance.

This Dance Theatre Auraco's visual, non-verbal performance combines dance, mime and clownery.


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Mr. Kookaburra and Kukkaroo

Premiere at Kanneltalo Sat 19 September 2015 at 15 and second performance Mon 21 September at 9.30.

Performance also at Karatalo in Espoo Fri 25 September at 10.00.

Direction: Päivi Aura
Music: Jouni Bäckström, Sami Kurppa
Roles: Jouni Bäckström – Mr. Kookaburra, Kati Lehtola – Kukkaroo,  Sami Kurppa – Willy from the Woods

Duration: 40 min

Age recommendation: over 4 years old

Production: Dance Theatre Auraco and City of Helsinki Cultural Office 

The performance is part of the Small Size, Performing Arts for Early Years project of EU’s Creative Europe programme. Auraco is supported by the Ministry of Education and Culture and the Arts Promotion Centre Finland. In collaboration also the Helsinki Metropolitan Area Reuse Centre and The Finnish Nature League – Luonto-Liitto.







Drawing: Keanne van de Kreeke