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HERE Announces Line-up for Banners & Cranks: A Cantastoria Festival logo
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HERE has announced the line-up for Banners & Cranks: A Cantastoria Festival, to be held June 19-26. The festival features puppeteers and artists from far and wide in performances combining story, song and colorful paintings on large banners or scrolls that move on cranky mechanisms, animating the pictures using pre-cinematic technology.

The festival will kick off with an opening celebration of performance and music in Brooklyn Bridge Park / Pier 1, to be held on Sunday, June 19 from 4pm to 7:30pm. Presented by the New York-based Great Small Works, this free and open to the public event features the Greatest Smallest Band parading and accompanying shows by participating companies.

Banners & Cranks will present 'cabaret style' performances at HERE's Dorothy B. Williams Theatre, with multiple companies participating in each evening's entertainment, which are centered around specific themes: Boom or Bust! (June 22, 7pm), Beggars & Choosers (June 23, 7pm), Slap & Tickle (June 24, 7pm), the adult-oriented Phobia & Fetish (June 24, 11pm), Coming & Going (June 25, 7pm), the children-oriented The Cat & the Fiddle (June 26, 2pm), and Sink or Swim (June 26, 7pm).

Participants include The Dolly Wagglers, Great Small Works, Peter Schumann, Chinese Theatre Works, Possibilitarian Puppet & Mask Theater, Mouth of the Wolf, Bread & Puppet, Sam Wilson, VSA Vermont's Awareness Theater Co., Redwing Blackbird Theater, More of Everything, Adam Ende, Clare Dolan, Theater Oobleck, The Whiskey pitters, Ramshackle Enterprises, Soozin Hirschmugl, The Bros. Harrel, Olive & Orlando Brecht, Hermine Ortega and Alissa Hunnicutt.

For tickets and more information, click here.

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