Little Theatres: Homage to the Mineral of Cabbage is a short stop-motion film based on the English translation of Erín Moure’s poem, Homenaxe ao mineral do repolo (Homage to the Mineral of Cabbage.) The poem is the second in a series of six by Erín in her award-winning book, Little Theatres. Each poem is an homage to a simple, humble food, such as potatoes, onions, and cabbage. The poems examine our relationship to food, and draw new insights to how these basic foods relate to life, as well as how we relate to each other. In looking more closely at the simple, everyday elements of life, we learn to appreciate their beauty.
The film Little Theatres is an interpretation of what Little Theatres are. It is an exploration of layers: layers of space, and layers of words, both spoken and written. The exploration begins and ends with a simple cabbage.
Stop motion is the medium here, showcasing a world of miniature, handmade sets and puppets, that are animated one frame at a time. The film’s voiceover is in the poem’s original language, Galician. Its translation is contained within the film. The English words unfold as graphic elements within the scenes, as the poem is being spoken.
So even the grass has a voice in little theatres. While the actor is talking or moving, you can hear it grow. It is not less important in little theatres. It is, perhaps, in small gestures outside the actors where the real "ideas" of little theaters germinate. This sound of grass, for example. When else have there been theatres for the sound of grass?
- Elisa Sampedrín, Little Theatres