"Autumn Portraits" "When I Put On Your Glove" and other works (excerpts)
Saturday, January 20th at 7pm
43 Pennywise Path, Edgartown MA 02539
Suggested Donation of $10.00
Sandglass Theater performs excerpts of multiple works. Autumn Portraits was originally a compelling evening-long solo puppet-and-mask performance created by Eric Bass. Eric recently handed four of his five interlocking vignettes to his daughter Shoshana Bass, who has developed a new show in which the pieces answer questions of spiritual crisis, belonging, and generational dialogue. Each of the vignettes explores one puppet character and its interplay with its manipulator, who might appear as a masked figure, or simply a voice from the sky. Eric Bass’ handcrafted rod puppets are characters in the “autumn” of their existence. In the hands of his daughter, the puppets act out their stories in precise and evocative gestures as they meet their pasts, their selves, their deaths.
Sandglass Theater is an internationally known theater company specializing in combining puppets with music, actors, and visual imagery. Since 1982, the company’s productions have toured 24 countries, performing in theaters, festivals and cultural institutions and winning numerous international prizes.
Sandglass Theater produces works for both adult audiences and young audiences—two repertoires that tour separately and together. Sandglass also performs and teaches in its own 60-seat renovated barn theater in Putney, Vermont. Sandglass Theater is available for workshops and residencies and teaches a 2-week intensive training program each summer.
Sandglass Theater is associated with the Sandglass Center for Puppetry and Theater Research, a not-for-profit organization. Sandglass Theater is a member of the Network of Ensemble Theaters and the National Performance Network.
Shoshana Bass refers to herself as one of the "daughters of sand", and is currently approaching the possibilities of continuing Sandglass Theater's life into the next generation. Having been raised in a traveling family of internationally acclaimed puppeteers, she has spent her life witnessing and in dialogue with artistic voices of diverse cultures, heritages, and perspectives. Her performance mediums range throughout theater, dance, circus and puppetry, which makes her an enthusiastic and flexible collaborator. Shoshana danced for five years with Frequent Flyers® Productions Aerial Dance in Boulder, CO. She is a graduate of Naropa University with an Interdisciplinary degree in performing arts, peace studies and tai chi. Shoshana has performed and choreographed in Poland, the Virgin Islands, Germany, and the United States. She currently resides in Putney, Vermont where she works with Sandglass Theater and as a freelance performer, circus instructor and choreographer.
"Funded in part by the New England States Touring program of the New England Foundation for the Arts, made possible with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts Regional Touring Program and the six New England state arts agencies.