Five years ago LaMama theater presented this wonderful ‘Coffeehouse Chronicles’ examining the contemporary puppet theater from the 1970s to 2015.I thought it would bring some joy to those that missed this wonderful event and others to repost in these difficult times.
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 Stettheimer: Flowers 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.
The NYHelpsNY Benefit Event at Dixon Place on December 16, 2012 was an evening dedicated to bridging the huge disconnect between those who know first hand:the relief work and level of trauma in our city, and those who don’t, as well as to fund raise and unite us in our cause.
With the public being hit with ads like this from Coca Cola:
That is simply not the whole story.
We brought together speakers who have been on the forefront of relief efforts in different areas of the city and topnotch performers, to create a performance-centered event that fostered dialogue with the topic at hand:
The Sandy Hurricane.
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Douglas Everett Turner (Performer, MC)
Douglas did relief work after Katrina in New Orleans and was our host of the night.
Jack Somebody- Marina Tsaplina with Operation Thunderstick
Photo Credit: Stacy Lanyon (top and bottom right) Jim Moore (Left)
Born on the tsunami-destroyed streets of Kesennuma, Japan, the piece is the experience of Jack as his home falls apart and comes back together. Operation Thunderstick has done extensive relief work in Japan, and is now working in NYC.
Kiki is a performer, artist and Red Hook resident who has taken on the role of Disaster Relief Coordinator with First Unitarian Universalist Brooklyn. She has been working with the elderly and was fundraising for a $900.00 pair of specialized orthopedic shoes for a woman in the Rockaways who is currently unable to walk.
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Andrew J. Nemr– Performer (Tap Dancing)
My response to Andrew’s performance:
“Here are my feet. Here is the floor. Here is my will. Let’s go.”
Zero Boy performed with his brilliant vocal trickery an excerpt of his latest piece of how differently the diverse parts of NYC reacted to the Hurricane.
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Nancy Valadares- Carl Bini Memorial Fund, Staten Island
Nancy spoke on behalf of the Carl Bini Memorial fund, a co-producer of the event and an organization that has been doing a lot of relief and recovery work in Staten Island. http://binifund.org/
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Time of Whelm– The Ecologic Vibrancy Theater Project
This object theater piece was developed as part of the Puppets and Poets festival. A review from one of the festival organizers was “This piece made me think more then any other…about the relationship between “stuff,” need, and class…visually mesmerizing and actively engaging while not being obvious or trite.”
All proceeds from the event went to the organizations present. We created an interactive installation “Recipe for Recovery” for fundraising. The “Love” component of the Recipe was Becky Wartell of Sandy Wellness who provided relaxing and nurturing body work.
Sandy Survey Pool
A team of photographers have come together after the hurricane to document the damage, and the recovery efforts. The Sandy Survey Pool had an installation of their beautiful photographs and important work, as well as an online slide-show.