A Tale of Paper and Cloth

(Video, 33')
Art and animation by Luca Dipierro
Music by Freddie Murphy and Chiara Lee
Edited by Luca Dipierro
Produced by the Walk

The Cadence is a tale made of tales, populated by bizarre characters who enter and exit swiftly, as on a puppet theatre stage: masked children waiting for the last leaf to fall; a wide-eyed boy, lover of silence; a moon-faced mother; a vengeful horse; a sorrowful giant; a butcher boar; a hunter hunted; and many more.

By way of encounter— apparition, flight, jump, stare, fight, dance, caress, blow, wound, fugue—the characters move from tenderness to violence, from solitude to longing, from stasis to trajectory, from mourning to feast.

Reminiscent of the narrative detours of fairy tales and the aesthetic of 19th-century movable books, The Cadence is a story without dialogue, carried entirely by the enigmatic eloquence of puppets, masks, and symbols.

The world of The Cadence moves in a cyclical time, dressed in intimate textures and elemental materials: cloth, paper, wood, stone. In one scene, the character of a goat-riding witch gazes up, but there is no sky. Instead, the textured surface of wood. Up is down and down is up: Carnival.