A grand journey to Guggisberg
Chapter 1: Flower fly & church mouse (Cantons: Grisons and Berne)
Fernanda the flower fly from the mountains sets out on her first outing of spring. She crosses the Swiss Alps and lands on the nose of Jimmy Flitz, a mouse who lives in a church spire. She tells her new friend the story of Verena’s Garden and Miller Johnny. On her Swiss accordion she plays him her song, the shortest song ever composed.
Songs: Es Floigeläbe / A Fly’s Life (Corin Curschellas), Ds Liechtli / The Little Light (Christine Lauterburg), Jimmy-Flitz-Rock (with kids).
Chapter 2: Journey to the Netherworld (Berne, Fribourg)
The mouse and the fly leave the church spire and venture into the city. They creep along the sidewalk to the Houses of Parliament and then board a Swiss postal coach for Guggisberg. There they make their way down into a deep, dark gorge where they hope to break the evil spell on poor Miller Johnny and thus allow him to stop carrying flour sacks back and forth forever. A bizarre cave salamander advises them against interfering in human affairs and shows them the way out of the netherworld and back to the light.
Songs: Ds Vreneli vo Guggisberg /Verena from Guggisberg (Christine Lauterburg with Res Schmid – Marti Brothers)
Chapter 3: Three Friends Become Four (Fribourg, Neuchatel, Solothurn, Aargau)
The two friends set off to find Sacred Lake. Deep in the forest they meet Wulwul, a half-blind bear. And on the highway they encounter Leana, a young lynx who has lost her sense of smell and can’t find her way. The mouse helps the bear to see again and the lynx to smell again. The four friends agree to stick together through thick and thin. They cross the dangerous highway to the part of Switzerland where French is spoken. Near Jura they come to the menhir, a mysterious blue standing stone that is a legendary source of strength.
Songs: Rägenbogenlied /Rainbow Song (Corin Curschellas)
Chapter 4: Mystery of the Blue Standing Stone (Neuchâtel, Solothurn, Aargau)
The bear gains strength from the standing stone. Jimmy-Flitz discovers a knight trapped inside a hollow linden tree. The bear, mouse and fly pass through a hole in the tree into another time and find themselves right in the middle of the Battle of Grandson (1476). Wulwul accidentally helps the soldiers of Berne to victory.
Fortunately, they are danced back to the present by Arie, the good fairy of Jura. But an arrow from the fierce battle against the French remains stuck in the bear’s rump.
Songs: Mon Papa ne veut pas /My Father Doesn’t Want Me To Dance The Polka (Corin Curschellas); Berner Marsch /Bernese March (Mounted Cavalry of Berne)
Chapter 5: Travelling with Pigs (Solothurn, Aargau)
Happily, the arrow is removed from the bear’s backside. Our friends stow away on a truck carrying pigs to Baden. Leana the lynx finds her mother on board the animal transport truck and sets her free. But now the police are searching for the friends, who are accused of being animal rustlers. They hide from the police among the little people who live underground beneath the Dwarfs’ Stones.
Music: Härzland / Heartland (Roland Zoss), Im Aargau sy zwöi Liebi / In Argovia live two lovers (instrumental)
Chapter 6: A Night at the Dwarfs' Stones (Aargau)
The dwarfs of Argovia use healing earth to help the poor bear. Laurin, the queen of the dwarfs, and a dwarf named Braveheart give the friends tips for their journey to the Black Madonna. And they tell them stories about days long ago when women came to the Dwarfs’ Stone to christen their babies. Under a full moon the poor bear discovers that he is also part wolf: a bear-wolf!
Songs: Bärwolflied /Bear-wolf Song (Thomas Bär)
All songs from the three episodes and the concert video
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