So begins the song, which begins the story, which begins the adventure: One day, something drives Isidor from out of his little grey existence. His cheek runs away, and Isidor must search around the world to find it again: a world of color and beauty, as well as loneliness and even danger.
“Isidor’s Cheek” is performed on a revolving table filled with all the details of Isidor’s miniature world: from his shabby grey house to a forest of apple trees, through an unfriendly city, across a sea of turtles and barracuda, into the smallest circus in the world. The table revolves to bring Isidor home again and to transform his house, his garden and indeed his whole outlook on life. Isidor himself is barely 5 and 1/2 inches high (14 cm), an appropriately little hero for a small story with a big heart.
Isidor’s Cheek won a Citation of Excellence from UNIMA in 1999. An ideal performance for intimate rooms: audiences age 4-9 and their parents, grandparents, and great-grandparents.
Inspired by a German children’s book.
Conceived by Ines Zeller Bass
Designed by Jana Zeller
Directed by Eric Bass
Music composed and recorded by Peter Tavalin
Ines Zeller Bass of Sandglass Theater and Isidor have traveled together for approximately 20 years. On March 31, Puppeteer Zeller Bass conducts her final performance of “Isidor’s Cheek.” Listen here to learn about Isidor and Zeller Bass’ life as a puppeteer.