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Vaudevisuals interview with Patti Bradshaw

fools in plein air: fermented rain

Inspired by folk tales and the natural world, fools in plein air: fermented rain employs puppets, objects, projections, movement, and six performers to dissolve the boundaries between mind/body and sleep/wakefulness. In this commission, Swiss writer Robert Walser walks through the dreamscapes of artist Marc Chagall, revealing human interconnectedness, the porousness of boundaries and the illusion of human dominance.

About the Artist

Patti Bradshaw is a director, puppet artist and choreographer. Her work has been seen in NYC, Greece, Portugal and Japan. In recent years, she has devised movement/puppetry theater works inspired by the painter and poet Florine StettheimerFlowers in Space and Garden of Florine: Impending Storms; Franz Kafka’s last and unfinished novel, K and the Way and the inner life of poet Fernando Pessoa: Disquietude and Next to the Last Poem, in addition to other original performance projects and collaborations. Recent works have been presented at Dixon Place, 92nd St Y, Roulette Intermedium, St. Ann’s Warehouse, FiveMyles Gallery, Brooklyn Studios for Dance, and Triskelion Arts. She was a multi-year member of St. Ann’s Puppet Lab and has received support from the Jim Henson Foundation, and artist residencies at BkSD and from Barbara Bray Ketchum at Sarah Lawrence College.


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Performing Arts Photography

Drew Valins – “Kafka’s Bed” – A one-man show

Having enjoyed many years of  watching ‘experimental theater’ I always find pleasure when I see someone taking chances with their work. Drew Valins is such a performer.

His ‘latest incarnation of a long dance with Franz Kafka‘ is titled ‘Kafka’s Bed‘ and is being presented as part of the SNOWBALL FESTIVAL on Sat. Jan 19th.

His performance is at 5pm but the festival goes from Noon to 10pm with shows all day long.

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My talent for portraying my inner dream-life has thrust everything else to the side

Drew Valins performing in the Snowballs FestivalSituated in the stairwell of the basement sits Drew Valins performing his new one-man show “Kafka’s Bed’.

Drew Valins performs for an intimate audience at the Snowballs FestivalDrew Valins adjust the buttons on his vest while dressing in his show “Kafka’s Bed”.

Drew Valins performing in his one-man show 'Kafka's Bed'.Sitting at his desk writing a letter during his one-man show.

Drew Valins with a moment of introspection during his one man show.
Drew Valins with a moment of introspection during his one man show.

“Kafka’s Bed” is the latest incarnation of my long dance with Franz Kafka, which is called “Franz Fragments”.

Franz Fragments is a work in progress exploring the more intimate, lesser known pieces of Kafka’s unfinished opus. In this pursuit arise themes of identity, obsession, the role (and sacrifice) of the artist, the love of craft, and the never ending search for truth.

I have hardly anything in common with myself and should stand very quietly in a corner, content that I can breathe.
-Franz Kafka

Snowball Festival @ 81 White St. from Noon to 10pm

Tickets for “Kafka’s Bed” can be purchased  here!