Sandglass Theater puppetry workshop
Making Puppet Theater from Memoir and Personal Testimony
Friday, January 19th, 4:00-7:00pm
Saturday, January 20th, 1-3:30pm
Attendance is required for both sessions and attendees are encouraged to perform.
Location: The Artist Studio, 43 Pennywise Path, Edgartown
This workshop takes participants through the process of gathering community stories through a story circle exercise, developed by John O’Neal in the Free Southern Theater during the civil rights movement. The stories we tell will become the material for exploring the potential of puppets to embody these stories and the choices we have to give the stories voice. The focus of the workshop addresses how we can tell the story of someone else without “playing” that role, and without appropriating that culture. The process looks at song, movement, at the actor/puppet relationship, and at simultaneous scenes, among other techniques, to explore what makes the puppet a special medium for evoking testimony. Participants will work with Sandglass’ exercise puppets from day one, and with any objects or raw materials that seem appropriate on day two. Wear comfortable clothing in which you can move. There are no materials fees for this workshop and no pre-requisite skills necessary.
Attendance is required for both sessions and encouraged at the evening performance, where developed material will be presented informally as part of the larger show.
Sandglass Theater Performance
Saturday, January 20th at 7pm
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.