OBJECT MOVEMENT Puppetry Festival

OBJECT MOVEMENT is a curated festival and developmental residency for puppeteers and object theater artists. The purpose of the program is to develop new work and advance existing works-in-progress that address social, political, ethical, and/or philosophical questions through puppetry and object theater, culminating in a festival of performances.

Curated by Maiko Kikuchim, Rowan Magee, and Justin Perkins

PROGRAM A
Friday, May 25 at 7pm / Saturday, May 26 at 2pm / Tuesday, May 29 at 7pm

The Sixth Day by Andrea Ang

The Sixth Day re-imagines the widely-known Creation Story as a tragic tale of love and loss.  Inspired by sources like the Bible and Milton’s Paradise Lost, The Sixth Day is a wordless puppetry piece that features shadow, bunraku-style puppetry and movement.


Teacups by Dorothy James and Andy Manjuck

teacups is a puppet theater piece inspired by a Czech folktale. The Keeper is a sinister water demon who overturns boats and drowns their passengers, forcing their stolen souls into teacups which he hoards in his lair. Our story centers on a soul that manages to escape the Keeper’s possession and find its way into the hands of an unsuspecting junk collector, an amiable swamp creature who does his best to help the soul without fully understanding its identity or its situation.

teacups is an exploration of depression and how it manifests itself inside those who live with it.


Molting by Leah Ogawa and Sarah Plotkin

Molting is about shedding one’s skin and confronting one’s memories. The character illustrates the liminal space she embodies by using her own physical body and her molded body parts to explore the feeling of in-between-ness and the process of accepting herself. This piece is strongly influenced by powerful women in my family who have taught me to stand strong on my own two feet both in Japan and America.


The Ramayana by Little Did Productions

Little Did explores the nature of cross-cultural collaboration with a selection from “The Ramayana,” an epic poem familiar to over a billion people. Come experience this story through the eyes of a multidisciplinary collective of artists inspired by puppetry styles from South Asia, the traditional music of North India and a “video narrator” from West Bengal. Using overhead projectors and live sitar, the company presents shadow puppetry in raga form. “Little Did Productions presents: The Ramayana” is a new work with live music and puppetry that tells a timeless tale of mythic proportions for audiences of all-ages. Equity approved showcase.


Giveness by Amy Jensen*

*Giveness is an interactive experience for a small audience. A limited number of reserved spots are available when you choose your ticket type, and a signup list for remaining spots will be available at the box office each evening.

PROGRAM B
Saturday, May 26 at 7pm / Sunday, May 27 at 7pm / Wednesday, May 30 at 7pm

Antrak by Shayna Strype

When chaos strikes, one ant embarks on a mission to investigate a menacing colony of humans. Based on interviews conducted on a cross-country train trip, Antrak uses documentary footage, live feed projections, handmade miniatures, crankie machines, and giant cardboard objects to explore humanity through an ant-sized lens.


Wolf Life by Kate Brehm

Deep within each of our psyches lives a storyteller. Unseen, but ever present, she whispers guidance.
Wolf Life is a story about stories about the feminine. Featuring movement, song, tabletop puppetry, and performing scenery, Wolf Life seeks a deeper listening so that we might hear the stories within us.


Untold Stories From The War With The Newts by Sam Jay Gold

Untold Stories From The War With The Newts wryly recounts an alternate history of the 1930s, in which the western world discovers, exploits, educates, arms, and is ultimately overthrown by a species of highly intelligent newtInspired by a classic Czech novel, the show features five actor/puppeteers and two musicians – a rag-tag theater troupe at the end of the world, each with a personal stake in the stories they tell. With original music, Czech marionettes, Balinese-inspired wayang kulit, and “junk” found in the wake of human destruction, Untold Stories From The War With The Newts asks: is the fall of civilization unavoidably linked to human progress, or can our powers of empathy, projection, and transformation steer us towards a more just, harmonious future?