26 Dec
Herman Melville's "Moby Dick" - by Yngvild Aspeli and Plexus Polaire - ArtsEmerson at the Emerson Paramount Center (Boston, MA.)


At the 

Emerson Paramount Center

In Association with Plexus Polaire 




Directed by Yngvild Aspeli

Assistant Director (On Tour) Benoît Seguin 

Inspired by the Herman Melville novel

Performers: Julian Spooner, Laetitia Labre, Yann Claudel, Alice Chéné, Scott Koehler, Cristina Iosif and Andreu Martinez Costa  

Music by Guro Skumsnes Moe, Ane Marthe Sørlien Holen and Havard Skaset 

Musicians - Georgia Wartel Collins, Emil Storløkken Åse, Lou Renaud-Bailly; Puppet Makers - Polina Borisova, Yngvild Aspeli, Manon Dublanc, Sébastien Puech and Elise Nicod 

Additional Creative Team:

Scenography - Elisabeth Holager Lund; Light Designer - Xavier Lescat and Vincent Loubière;  Video Designer - David Lejard-Ruffet; Costume Designer - Benjamin Moreau;  Light Technician - Marine David; Video Technician - Hugo Masson;  Sound Technician - Damien Ory; Stage Technician - Benjamin Dupuis;  Dramaturg - Pauline Thimonnier;  Production Director and Tour Booking - Claire Costa; Administration - Anne-Laure Doucet and Gaedig Bonabesse; Producer - Noémie Jorez


January 23, 2024 through January 28, 2024

(Contact Box Office for Exact Times)  

EMERSON PARAMOUNT CENTER, Robert J. Orchard Stage, 559 Washington St, Boston, MA 02111 


Tickets for "MOBY DICK" may be purchased 24/7 at ArtsEmerson.org, or by calling 617-824-8400 (Tue-Sat from 12:00PM ET - 6:00PM ET). 

The EMERSON PARAMOUNT CENTER Box Office (559 Washington Street, Boston) is open for walk-up service Thu-Sat from Noon - 6:00 PM ET. 


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(Photo Credit: Christophe Raynaud de Lage)


Herman Melville’s immeasurably influential novel "MOBY DICK" is brought to life in this radiant stage production featuring seven actors, fifty puppets, video projections, a drowned orchestra and a life-sized whale.

(Photo Credit: Christophe Raynaud de Lage)

"MOBY DICK" is, on its surface, the simple tale of a whaling expedition, but the story’s haunting themes of unparalleled obsession lead us all to question the unexplained mysteries of life and of the human heart. In this groundbreaking production, the classic is reborn with a freshness and urgency that makes it truly unforgettable. 

The New York Times calls "MOBY DICK" a "stunning work of art.” 

“We are thrilled to jump start 2024 with the wondrous feast for the eyes that is Plexus Polaire with Yngvild Aspeli’s 'MOBY DICK'” says ArtsEmerson Interim Executive Director Ronee Penoi. “We think our audiences will be spell-bound by this poetic and magical piece with breathtaking puppetry.”  

“I like how the sea somehow draws invisible lines between the different corners of the world, how it creates points of connection,” says "MOBY DICK" director Yngvild Aspeli. “How, facing this force of nature, we are all the same. And no-one captures the battle between man and nature like Herman Melville in MOBY DICK.' An ancient white whale, a captain steering his ship into destruction and the inner storms of the human heart.”

Recommended for Ages 14+ 

Approximately 85 minutes with no intermission.

Kevin T. Baldwin is a member of the American Theatre Critics Association (ATCA)




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