Rabbinens katt

  • Re:Orient
  • Grus Grus Teater

Rabbinens katt (The Rabbi´s Cat) is a music and puppet show about a cat that starts talking and the consequences of it. The show is about seeing things from new perspectives, about different ways of relating to tradition and religion, about the longing for freedom, about friendship and about the power of the word.

The premise of the performance is Joann Sfar's award-winning comic book Rabbinic Cat, set in 1930s Algeria at the intersection of Arabic, Jewish and French culture.

In the center of the story is a Jewish family consisting of a rabbi, his daughter, a cat and a parrot. One day the cat eats the talkative parrot and inherits his speech ability. But everything that comes out of the cat's mouth seems to be lies and the pious rabbi decides to try to raise his quirky cat.

From 10-100 years

Motivation of the jury:

This is a narrative that takes place in Algeria, in a multicultural setting, where music occupies a central role. Animals and humans, puppets and actors, faith and logic, tradition and rebellion all come together in the rabbi’s home. Ethics are discussed, the complexities of respectful co-existence are explored, and limits are tested. The puppetry, the singing, the music and the scenographic world inspired by a comic book are all signs of skilled craftmanship and artistic brilliance. The performance presumes a diversity of experience that, in the context of this festival, make it necessary.

Rabbinens katt
Foto: Jussi Virkkumaa
Rabbinens katt
Foto: Jussi Virkkumaa
Rabbinens katt
Foto: Jussi Virkkumaa

Time and place

12:15 - 13:15
15:00 - 16:00
10:00 - 11:00
13:00 - 14:00

Play time: Time and place will be published the 11th of March!

In The Rabbi's Cat, doll maker Elina Sarno, set designer Johanna Latvala and lighting designer Irene Lehtonen together with puppet artist Ishmael Falke create a visuality that is based on Joann Sfar's playful visual world while the puppet theater as a form adds new imaginative dimensions to the work.

The music has a central place in the performance. In The Rabbi's Cat, singer and actor Sofia Berg-Böhm and musician Abboud Koujer explore North African and traditional Arabic / Arab-Jewish music and songs.

The performance is directed by Mikaela Hasán and is a collaboration between Re:Orient and the Finnish nomad theater Grus Grus Theater.

Click here to watch a trailer! 


Re:Orient Grus Grus Teater


  • On stage: Sofia Berg-Böhm, actor & singer, Abboud Koujer Berzins, musician, Ishmael Falke, puppeteer & actor

  • Director: Mikaela Hasán

  • Set designer: Johanna Latvala

  • Puppet maker: Elina Sarno

  • Lighting design: Irene Lehtonen

  • Copyright text- & illustrations: Joann Sfar, Dargauds publisher