The fantastic performance of Nufonia Must Fall, presented in Ann Arbor on March 11-12 by UMS, was unlike most concerts and performances that I attend, in that is was centered around the work of Kid Koala, the well known Montreal-based scratch DJ and music producer.
The performance is a multidisciplinary and theatrical adaptation of Kid Koala's graphic novel Nufonia Must Fall, a charming love story centered around a headphones wearing robot on the verge of obsolescence who falls in love with a lonely office girl.
The live performance based on the book features real time filming of more than a dozen miniature stages with a cast of puppets directed by K.K. Barrett and accompanied by a soundtrack performed live by Kid Koala and the Cecilia String Quartet, featuring violinists Min-Jeong Koh and Sarah Nematallah, violist Sarah Nematallah, and cellist Rachel Desoer.
The result is a charming and heart warming story being played out on screen while the underlying production and soundtrack are simultaneously being played out on stage.