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In 1962, Ellen Stewart invited puppet artists from Korea to perform their production of Head Hunting by Pagoon Kang Wouk. This began La MaMa's long love affair with all things puppetry. The form has been an integral part of La MaMa's artistic vision ever since. The La MaMa Puppet Series showcases new contemporary puppet theatre by American and international artists in all three of La MaMa's theaters. La MaMa's Denise Greber curates:
Crane: on earth, in sky: November 5-8
Shank's Mare: November 6-15
Puppet Slam: November 11
The Child Who: November 12-15
Undefined Fraction: November 19 - 29
No Need For A Night Light On A Light Night Like Tonight: November 19 - 22
I Laid An Egg: November 14-15
Heather Henson/IBEX Puppetry Workshop: November 7 - 8
Punschi: November 21 - 22
Théâtre d'un Jour's The Child Who is inspired by the early years of the life of sculptor Jephan de Villiers. It is the vision, all sensibility and poetry, of a child who faces an earth, a humanity, endlessly scorned by man. Straddling the real world and the imagination in a game of constant appearance and disappearance, the narrative is discovered through the experience of a child, contrary to the expectations of the world. An arresting visceral poem, The Child Who articulates the dangerous silences of the human condition.
Journey with whooping cranes and black neck cranes along the waterways they use for maps in this spectacle of environmental theatre. Reflecting our connectedness with all of creation, this immersive story is told through rituals and puppets, projections and kites, aerial antics and life-sized maps. Tracing the tragedies befalling cranes, of disappearing forests and lakes, this story celebrates the richness of indigenous cultures from around the globe that honor and protect these majestic birds. Ancient sounds of elemental forces resound in this holistic sensory experience.
A young man falls into the unknown to rescue something he holds dear. Inspired by kabuki, video games, horror movies and Pixar shorts, they work to create a world where the darkness speaks louder than the light.
Businessmen turn samurai, junior high girls play gym class water polo, bystander cellphones snap pics of an attack. Milwaukee's Physical Theatre fuses movement, puppetry, and martial arts with the Japanese popular art forms of Manga and Anime. Warning: Mature Content.
Poet-trees, composer mice, and singing brooks — experience the rustic world of Opal Whitely. This magical journey of music, story and puppetry honors Nature's miracles, tragedies, and transcendence. Inspired by the 1920's diary of young Opal Whitely. Adults/children over seven.
Melding ancient Japanese Kuruma Ningyo puppetry with Hula Ki'i, the indigenous puppet folklore of Hawaii, Japanese artist Kiku Sakai brings a much anticipated workshop production of the story of "Pele and Kamapua'a" to the world renowned La MaMa Experimental Theatre for one night only. This light-hearted prequel to her much anticipated opus "Pele and Hi'iaka" demonstrates the cultural pluralism of this unique artist. Sakai has merged her two favorite artistic expressions, her love of the historic Kuruma Ningyo puppetry with her second love, that of authentic hula tradition - she is a proud member of the Pua Ali'i 'Ilima o Nuioka, under the prominent hula master, Vicky Holt Takamine.
Ms Sakai has assembled an impressive team of like-minded artists to join her for this workshop: the prodigiously accomplished musician and composer Yukio Tsuji, Yoko Myo and the guiding hand of overall Project Supervisor, Tom Lee.
When the the prosperous town of Hamelin is suddenly overrun with rodents, can a mysterious stranger lure the pests away with only a simple song? From the twitch of a rat's tail to the grandiose proclamations of a greedy mayor, this retelling of the classic Brothers Grimm fairy tale features the intricate craftsmanship of over 120 exquisite marionettes (and 300 puppet rats!). From Milan's famed Carlo Colla & Sons Marionette Company (Sleeping Beauty, New Vic 2013), 19th century artistry takes center stage in this visually-stunning production.
Shank's Mare is the story of two wandering travelers whose paths intersect in time and space. Using traditional kuruma ningyo puppetry, live feed video projection, miniature sets and a live score by Bill Ruyle (hammer dulcimer) and Chieko Hara (shamisen and flute), the piece explores life and death and how tradition is passed on.
The world premiere of internationally acclaimed director/puppeteer Basil Twist's Sisters' Follies: Between Two Worlds celebrates the founders of the Abrons' Playhouse.
Sun is missing. Only 11-year-old Solina can find Sun and save the world from eternal night. Solina ventures into an endless nightscape, where puppets made of light, cloth, and paper sing and play live music to illustrate this unfamiliar world.
Solina, a young girl, awakens to Rooster's call only to discover Sun is missing. Everyone she loves is trapped in a deep sleep, peacefully unaware. Solina must venture into the unknown and conquer the creatures of the night on her quest to save the world from perpetual darkness. With an original story drawn from myths, various musical styles, and stunning diverse puppetry, Solina is abound with the never before seen and the deeply familiar.
A star falls from the evening sky and so begins Pretzel's incredible journey. A most chivalrous worm if ever there was one, he must climb a spider's thread, cross the chamber of dreams and explore the ocean depths to restore the star to its rightful place. Ingenious puppets of all sizes and a fabulous musical score animate an unforgettable adventure in Théâtre de l'Œil's The Star Keeper.