Paka is a unique interdisciplinary artist who creates spectacular and engrossing performance from a mix of large-scale mechanical sculpture, digital media, special effects, dramatic characters, circus skills, puppetry, and audience involvement.
He has been working with his horses for the last 12 years creating Don Quixote themed shows of differing styles and scales, from pyrotechnic spectaculars at Underground Art Festivals, jaw dropping street animations in Beijing to theatrical mime for the London International Mime Festival; even performing for the Queen.
Paka is a cantankerous old man lost in the twilight of obsession, having misplaced the thread between fantasy and reality he is off on his final adventure. A head full of romantic dreams and a pocket full of nuts and bolts. He is on a quest for love and sunsets to ride into. A contemporary Don Quixote armed with roses, pyrotechnic gadgets and a tantalising whiff of razzmatazz.
Rusty the Horse is visually extraordinary; a remote control kinetic entity that acts as a people magnet. With his own distinct character, philosophy and ego, he leaves the audience feeling they have met an odd but real horse.
The theatre and mayhem are derived from the interaction between Paka, Rusty and the audience. It is in fact a double act albeit one half is robotic. The characters that inhabit this slice of parallel reality have an endearing universal relationship, where differences of priority and agenda have obscured the common goal.
Walkabout and static street theatre show available
Photo Credit: Roger Smith, FutoshiSakauchi, Heatherbuckley.co.uk