O fim da fila

On stage, between cultures

Initiatives to promote reading skills are successful if the reading material provided touches on and follows on from the lives of the children and youths involved, takes up the ideas in their heads and enriches them. That is why Baobab Books develops innovative approaches to bringing literature to life for children and youngsters. In the framework of an intercultural and interdisciplinary project children can spend a week under the guidance of experts elaborating their own interpretation of a story and realising it as a stage play.

In his book «O fim da fila» the Brazilian illustrator Marcelo Pimentel places centre stage the figure of Curupira, that mythical being that has protected the trees and animals in the Brazilian jungle since time immemorial.
The story focuses on nothing less than the big picture: night follows day, after the sun come the rains, conflict is followed by reconciliation. Everything in life is part of the big cycle of life - and in the midst of it all there is Curupira with his pot of red paint.

The award-winning book has a few peculiarities. The most striking one is that there is no written text. The story develops exclusively through pictures and every time becomes a new and different story through the eye of the beholder. In its German edition it has been published by Baobab Books under the title Eine Geschichte ohne Ende (A story without end).

Marcelo Pimentel has created a literary stage with his paintbrush. Now primary school children from Basel can enter this stage. During the week of the project they will, under the guidance of experts and using sound, rhythm and movement, create their own interpretation of the story.

The project will take place in the week from the 29th of May to the 2nd of June 2017.
Public performance: Friday, 2nd of June, at 6 p.m., Museum der Kulturen, Basel.

Baobab Books: Sonja Matheson
Pumpernickel Company: Norbert Steinwarz (choreography), Alex Wäber and Olivier Membrez (percussion)
Museum der Kulturen Basel: Alexander Brust, Regina Mathez and Xenia Jehli
School class: 3b of Josette Spirig and Markus Harzenmoser, SH Thomas Platter Basel
Documentation: Ketty Bertossi (photo), Franz Bannwart (film)