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REVISIT – LaMama Coffeehouse Chronicles #129 – Contemporary Puppet Theater

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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.


Contemporary Puppet Theater

Curator: Michal Gamily

Panelists: Ralph Lee, Roman Paska, Lake Simons and Amy Trompetter

Cheryl Henson introduces the evening’s agenda to the audience.


Federico Restrepo talks to the audience about his show “Undefined Fraction”. 

Lake Simons performs an excerpt from “Wind Set Up”.

Amy Trompetter talks to the audience about her history performing political theater with puppets.

Roman Paska talks about his work and the 1970’s and it’s influences

Coffeehouse Chronicles #129 participants: L to R – Amy Trompetter, Arthur Adair, Roman Paska, Lake Simons, Michal Gamily, Cheryl Henson, Jane Catherine Shaw, Ralph Lee.


Here are 2 videos that include much of the afternoon’s discussions.
Part 1 and Part 2

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Check out Vaudevisuals – Review – October 2016

Vaudevisuals Year in Review – October 2016

October was another busy month with interviews with Slipper Room‘s James Habacker, puppeteer Jessica Scott, The Secret Variety Society group, a Coffehouse Chronicle honoring puppeteer Theodora Skipitares and some photographic excerpts from my book In/Sights.

IN/SIGHTS – MOORE PHOTOGRAPHS – THOMAS LEABHART

VAUDEVISUALS INTERVIEW WITH JAMES HABACKER – “THE SLIPPER ROOM”

IN/SIGHTS – MOORE PHOTOGRAPHS – DANIEL STEIN

“FINDING SOLITUDE” – AN EXHIBIT OF PHOTOGRAPHS BY JIM R MOORE

VAUDEVISUALS INTERVIEW WITH JESSICA SCOTT – “SHIP OF FOOLS” @ HERE

VAUDEVISUALS INTERVIEW WITH JAMES HABACKER – SLIPPERROOM PLAYERS

VAUDEVISUALS INTERVIEW WITH THE SECRET VARIETY SOCIETY

COFFEEHOUSE CHRONICLES #136 – THEODORA SKIPITARES – LAMAMA – OCTOBER 8TH, 2016

IN/SIGHTS – BIG APPLE CIRCUS CLOWNS – JEFF GORDON

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Exhibition of photographs by Jim R Moore / ‘Finding Solitude’. 

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COFFEEHOUSE CHRONICLES #136 – Theodora Skipitares – LaMama – October 8th, 2016

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Theodora Skipitares

On October 8th, 2016 La Mama presented their monthly series Coffeehouse Chronicles.

This afternoon was devoted to the work of visual theater artist/puppeteer Theodora Skipitares.

Coffeehouse Chronicles #136

Curator: Michal Gamily

Moderator: JoAnne Akalaitis

Panelists: Andrea Balis, Claudia Orenstein, Jane Catherine Shaw

Part of the 2016 La Mama Puppet Series 

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PS122 – “AVANT-GARDE-ARAMA” @ Abrons Arts Center – Fri/Sat, May 1st,2nd, 2015

On May 1st and 2nd Abrons Arts Center hosted the ever so popular PS122 show Avant-Garde-Arama. Curated by Salley May and featuring numerous downtown performance artist. Friday night was hosted by Erin Markey and Penny Arcade and Sat night was hosted by Erin Markey and Carmelita Tropicana. The list of performers is as follows:
Friday night: Jennifer Miller & John Jasperse, Animals, niv Acosta, Theodora Skipitares, Rebecca Patek, The Ballez by Katy Pyle, Ismael Houston-Jones.
Sat night: John Fleck, Uzi Parnes and Ela Troyano, Half Straddle, Martha Wilson, Travis Chamberlain (for Jennifer Monsoon) Holly Hughes, Jack Ferver, Yin Yue Dance and the Institute for Psychogeographic Adventure.
This video is the OPENING sequence of both nights!

 

 Here are some memorable images from both nights!

2015.05.01_AGA.033Salley May busts thru the “Social Reform” tissue and starts to cause havoc to society.

R2015.05.01_AGA.575Co-Hostesses Erin Markey and Penny Arcade start the show off right.

Representing ‘Movement Research’ – Jennifer Miller and John Jasperse in a dance duo.

2015.05.01_AGA.562Representing Dixon Place – ‘Animals’ performance group.

Representing PS122 – niv Acosta performed a ‘sing along’ with the audience.

2015.05.01_AGA.099Representing LaMama – Theodora Skipitares was projected on a video screen while 2 puppeteers performed on stage.

2015.05.01_AGA.147Representing BAX – The Ballez Dance duo with Katy Pyle

Representing Movement Research – Ishmael Houston-Jones dance a wonderful solo blindfolded.

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SATURDAY NIGHT

2015.05.02_AGA.2.180Carmelita Tropicana and Erin Markey hosted the Saturday night show with Salley May pitching in.

Screen Shot 2015-05-07 at 12.30.34 AMRepresenting LaMama – John Fleck performed a lovely solo with flashlight and courage.

Representing The Bushwick Starr – Emile Owens performed a solo on behalf of Half Straddle.

Screen Shot 2015-05-03 at 2.36.01 AMxxxRepresenting Franklin Furnace – Martha Wilson performed as Tipper Gore.

2015.05.02_AGA.2.015Representing The New Museum – Travis Chamberlain (for Jennifer Monson) charmed the audience into moving in the theater.

2015.05.02_AGA.2.025Representing WOW – Holly Hughes performed a monolog.

2015.05.02_AGA.2.063Representing Abrons Arts Center – Jack Ferver with Reid Bartelme performed a ‘spoken word’ dance duo.

Representing Russell Projects – Yin Yue Dance company did a beautiful piece.

Also present in the show was:

Representing The Chocolate Factory – Rebecca Patek

Representing The Performing Garage/Wooster Group – The Institute for Psychogeographic Adventure

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Video of John Fleck, Yin Yue Dance, Half Straddle, Jack Ferver and Martha Wilson to coming soon!

 

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Theodora Skipitares “Prometheus Within” – LaMaMa Etc. – 04/29/2012

Music by Sxip Shirey

Sxip Shirey behind his instrument table preparing to perform the score for Prometheus Within.

Conceived, Designed and Directed by Theodora Skipitares.

Director’s Notes on Production

Prometheus: Zeus refused to give fire to mortal men, but Prometheus stole fire and gave it to them. As punishment, Zeus bound him with cruel chainsm and drove a shaft through the middle, and set on him an eagle, which gnawed on his liver all day; but each night the liver grew again as much as the bird had devoured in the day before.

Io: Zeus lusted after Io, a young girl who refused his advances. He made her part cow to hide her. His wife Hera discovered her and then forced her to wander the earth without rest, plagued by a gadfly to sting her into madness. She wandered for many years traveling through Europe, Asia and Africa.

The Chorus (Daughters of Ocean)(Eliza McKelway, Alice Tolan-Mee, Trevor Wilson) with Prometheus (Jonathan Nosan)

Jonathan Nosan (Prometheus) and Allison Plamondon (Io) with Chorus

Jonathan Nosan reaches for Allison Plamandon in “Prometheus Within” at LaMaMa.

Catherine Jane Shaw throws dirt from the grave of the dead skeleton in her breast.

Catherine Jane Shaw manipulating the amazing puppet.

Mutant animals created by lab testing in “Prometheus Within” at LaMaMa.

Puppets representing all the innocent patients taken advantage of by legal cell sampling.

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Dramaturgy by Andrea Balis

Lighting by Jeff Nash

Set Design by Donald Eastman

Video by Kay Hines

Sound by Tim Schellenbaum

Stage Manager: Karen Oughtred

Rigging: Philippe Versen

Technical Design: Mark Tambella

Costume Assistant: Rachel Sherk

Narrator: Black Eyed Susan

Puppeteer, Hermes: Britt Moseley

Puppeteers: Sarah Grace Holcomb, Jane Catherine Shaw, Dena Paige-Fischer, Rebecca Leigh Silverman

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This Project was made possible in part with funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, and the Henson Foundation.