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Great Small Works – ‘Puppet Cabaret’ at International Puppet Fringe Festival 2018

PUPPET CABARET – August 10th, 2018

Roberto Rossi and Mark Sussman co-host the show.

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Paradox Teatro

Sofía Padilla and Davey T Steinman


In light of expanding border walls around the globe, Migraciones follows the voyage of refugees as they travel through sand, water, and shadows, in search of a new home. Paradox Teatro is a collaboration between artists from México and the United States, communicating across cultures with puppetry, music, and poetry in English and Spanish.

Paradox Teatro – Sofía Padilla and Davey T Steinman

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Kathleen Kennedy Tobin

“Turn Out Your Dead, New York Harbor, 1781”

Sketch for Hulk and Fleet, an excerpt from a work-in-progress puppet show about prison ships.

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Lu Liu and Harrison Greene

performing original songs combining guitar and traditional Chinese pipa, stringing two cultures together.

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Jenny Romaine

excerpts from 

“The Revival of the Uzda Grave Diggers: Part 2” 

Between the bundist bootmakers of Minsk and the dashing sash weavers of Slutsk, there were the Gravediggers and Gardeners of UZDA. Once a musar town in Yiddish Lite, now a sleepy shtetl in Belarus, UZDA is home to two adjacent cemeteries, one Jewish and one Muslim Tatar. This excerpt is phase 2 of project by Romaine, with singer/songwriter/accordionist/novelist Geoff Berner and translator Ben Kline, who followed their curiosity about the lost memories and folkways of the Gravediggers and Gardeners of UZDA and the central role of Jewish, Muslim, Christian and Pagan funeral professionals, all living together in the primeval forest for hundreds and hundreds of years. 

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Nick Knave

“three Billy goats gruff”

Knave is a street, stage, and Burlesque performer coming to us from San Francisco. From all ages cabaret to singing vaginas Nick has his grubby little mitts all over everything “puppet.” 

*Funding made possible in part by the Puppet Slam Network; NYC Department of Cultural Affairs; NY State Council on the Arts; Scherman Foundation; Doctorow Family Foundation; and Puffin Foundation.

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Great Small Works is a performance collective founded in New York City in 1995.[1] Its six founding members—John Bell,[2][3]Trudi Cohen,[4] Stephen Kaplin,[5][6] Jenny Romaine,[7] Roberto Rossi,[8] and Mark Sussman[9]—draw on avant-gardefolk, and popular theater traditions to address contemporary social issues in a various scales, from tiny toy theater spectacles to giant puppet pageants.

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The Greatest Smallest Parade

Today I photographed a wonderful parade. Not your normal one. This was a parade that was promoted as “The Greatest Smallest Parade”. And indeed it was! Floats made from small toys and plastic characters were mostly waiting in line to head out for the grand Parade.

The company GREAT SMALL WORKS produce an Annual International  TOY THEATRE FESTIVAL that happens at St. Ann’s each and every year. This is their 9th year! They have a Museum and start the festivities with a Greatest Smallest Parade.

One of the Smallest Floats!

The floats were varied. But most of the were very very small. It was a fun time for the families that just happened to be in Dumbo today. There was even a float that was a ‘cloud’.

When the parade reached it’s destination St. Ann’s Warehouse it just so happened that a charming japanese couple were getting married. So they joined in and made the parade ever more festive. They even had a brass band to accompany them for their fun.

A marriage ceremony that landed right in the middle of the parade.

Once all the floats were inside St. Ann’s they are on display for everyone to see. I liked this one alot.

A charming heartfelt float by Jane Gish. She also did one of a boat.

“I planted my feelings” float…

Go to the website (HERE) to see what shows are coming to St. Ann’s. They start this week and promise to bring a smile to your face.

And the band plays on!

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