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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.
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).
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.
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.
On November 15,1966, two young couples from Point Pleasant, West Virginia, encountered what they described as a large winged man with glowing red eyes. This would be the first of many sightings of the creature that would be dubbed the "Mothman" by local papers, and ushered in a year of terror for the small town — a year that would not only be marked by several sightings of the creature, but a rash of other strange occurrences of aerial phenomena, strange noises, prophetic visions, bizarre phone calls, disappearances, and the convergence of shadowy figures in black suits and hats on the community. Based on the actual eyewitness accounts, the Unitards weave a tale of fear, confusion, paranoia, and sadness along with dark humor. A sensory experience of music, light, sound, and puppetry. A theater experience much like the story itself: strange, disorienting, and beautiful.
When you're a happy, handsome, well-rested bear, what more could you want? Why, to be a daddy bear of course! With all the courage he can muster, a bear sets out on a quest to find a family of his own to love. In a different forest, a little bear sets out to find the quickest way to the clouds in hopes of reuniting with his dear, departed grandfather. Two sweet stories told through charming shadow puppetry and lyrical movement, A Sky for the Bears shows people that sometimes when they look to the sky for their hearts' deepest desires, the best answers are found right here on Earth.
Read more about A SKY FOR THE BEARS at NewVictory.org
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.