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ALAXSXA | ALASKA is a theatrical collage of multimedia, puppetry, and Central Yup'ik drum and dance, illuminating striking moments of cross-cultural encounter in the epic, changing landscapes of Alaska.
Directed by Ping Chong and Ryan Conarro, ALAXSXA | ALASKA features Conarro and Gary Upay'aq Beaver (Central Yup'ik), along with puppeteer Justin Perkins. The three performers use movement and puppetry to reveal a series of little-known historical narratives of collisions between people and cultures in Alaska. These histories — at times humorous, at times tragic —juxtapose against Beaver and Conarro's own personal memories as "insider" and "outsider" in the Last Frontier.
Like Ike and Tina, Bobby and Whitney, OJ and Nicole, All the Diamonds You Can Eat (ATDYCE) is a love story that never should have been but you still can't look away. ~ There will be a story of a lifelong love that is taken away — a cutesy love story will be shadow, then the large puppet will spring up and surround/swallow the story — she is the lover that lost her partners. ~ Packrat is an immersive puppet theater presentation incorporating an assortment of puppetry styles and animals that inhabit the Sagebrush Desert. ~ 3 Sticks's newest creation, Beasties, is a music theater piece featuring puppets. Germinated during a weeklong residency at the Freight Project, Beasties began as a single song inspired by the visual art of Julian Crouch, a fellow artist-in-residence.
When internal navigation fails, a lost ant resorts to traveling cross-country by "Antrak" train. ~PLUS~ Constructing an idea of home. A hero's attempt to build shelter and find security. ~PLUS~ Short experimental puppet-dance film with original music. ~PLUS~ A short performance portrait of the prolific painter, poet, and set designer Florine Stettheimer (1871-1944).
Shackled by restraints of reality, Frida finds herself unable to paint. In a moment of desperation, she rediscovers her life source — the other Frida.
A performance art piece that explores the idea of finding an independent voice and freedom through female lineage and relationships.
Inspired by speculative fiction and neo-noir, The Flatiron Hex is a peek inside a parallel world infected with intelligent viruses and paranoia. Set in NYORG, a city in the middle of a swamp, and told through puppets, The Flatiron Hex is the story of Wylie Walker, a contract shaman, who uses his unusual talents to troubleshoot and maintain NYORG's interweb biotechnology.
Elements of the fantastic collide with the everyday to become evocative of a magical reality. Due to the haunted land and sentient mainframes, Wylie faces many occult adversaries. Storms constantly threaten to destroy NYORG, but a secret feature of the Flatiron building keeps the storms at bay, as long as the cloud-code is cracked and the correct ritual procedure is followed. It all results in a blood-soaked comedic quest of redemption and sacrifice.
Suitable for ages 15 and up.
HERE is an award-winning, boundary-stretching institution. Its 2017-18 lineup features three HERE resident artist world premieres; the world premiere of a production helmed by HERE artistic director Kristin Marting; innovative works from the Dream Music Puppetry Program, including a revival of Symphonie Fantastique by Basil Twist; the sixth annual Prototype: Opera/Theatre/Now festival; and HERE's yearly Culturemart festival, in which HERE serves up a first look at new work in process from artists in the HERE Artist Residency Program (HARP). The multidisciplinary productions in the 2017-18 season represent the culmination of commissions and developmental residencies of up to three years in HARP and/or the Dream Music Puppetry Program. For a complete list of shows, click the link below.
The three Gods of society find great interest in a young inventor.
Addie has a dragon problem, but perhaps it's not the dragon they should fear.
An original goth rock score performed with marionettes weaves a story of sex and drug addiction set in the 1990s' NYC goth club scene.
A whale visits a canvas. A poetic exploration of a sense of arrival and departure.
Puppeteer and theater artist Jane Catherine Shaw curates a two-night puppet slam featuring contemporary short-form puppet and object theater from both emerging and veteran puppet artists. This puppet cabaret challenges artists to make their best short-form work and to bring a variety of puppet forms to audiences. Shaw is cofounder of the Voice 4 Vision Puppet Festival.
by Czechoslovak-American Marionette Theatre Conceived and written by Vít Hořejš Codirected by Hořejš and Matt Cahoon
The Life and Times of Lee Harvey Oswald revisits three 1963 national traumas: the assassinations of President Kennedy, his brother, and Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Exploring the shrouded, dense cobwebs of multiple conspiracy theories that attempt to justify these senseless acts, the main protagonists inexorably approach the Grassy Knoll guided by fate as marionettes are powered by their strings.
Stranded on an island, loneliness is your only friend. ~PLUS~ A detective finds himself a deadly poker game — what story do the cards tell? ~PLUS~ A tale of two workers witnessing calamity through corporate emails and descriptive office supplies. ~PLUS~ Through movement, shadow, video projection, and objects, PLACE (No Place) conjures places present and lost.
Symphonie Fantastique — the singularly inspired creation of designer, director, performer, and master puppeteer Basil Twist, set to the revolutionary 1830 score by composer Hector Berlioz — returns to New York City on the occasion of its 20th anniversary. Hailed as a creative masterpiece when it premiered, Symphonie Fantastique unfolds in the most unlikely of places — a 1,000 gallon water tank in which five unseen puppeteers swirl countless pieces of fabrics, feathers, fishing lures, flashlights, glitter, dyes, plastic, vinyl, and bubbles of all shapes and sizes, creating a dreamlike world of imagination and surreal storytelling. At the piano is Christopher O'Riley, who's been a soloist with such orchestras as the New York Philharmonic, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and the Chicago Symphony. He's also the host of NPR's From the Top, now in its 15th year.
Created by Jonathan Rockefeller, the critically acclaimed The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show features a menagerie of 75 lovable puppets and faithfully adapts four of Eric Carle's stories: The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse, Mister Seahorse, The Very Lonely Firefly, and of course, The Very Hungry Caterpillar. This production also features Brown Bear, Brown Bear and 10 Little Rubber Ducks.