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The Pigeoning is a bunraku -style puppetry show performed by five puppeteers and original score which can be performed live by one musician. Obsessed with cleanliness and order, Frank is also plagued by pigeons. Convinced the pigeons are plotting against him, Frank sets out on an adventure to solve a problem that perhaps isn’t really there? The Pigeoning is a comedic yet heartfelt story that spins articulate puppetry, original music, and lo-fi special effects into an epic tale about the illusion of safety and control in the context of the end of the world. The Pigeoning takes a look at the divide between man and nature at time when listening to the animals may be our best bet…

[button link="https://www.chicagopuppetfest.org/performances/" size="medium" background="#ebe720"]Back to All Events[/button] [tabby title="VIDEO"] [tabby title="IMAGES"] [ngg src="galleries" ids="57" display="basic_thumbnail"][tabby title="ARTIST"] Known for her rich aesthetic and highly detailed constructions, Robin Frohardt is an award-winning artist, puppet designer and director living in Brooklyn, NY.  Frohardt has a knack for taking a simple premise to an elaborate realization. Her rich imagination, unique sense of humor and stunning technical craft come together to create work that defies the conventions of traditional storytelling.   Her  original play "The Pigeoning" hailed by the New York Times as  “a tender,  fantastical symphony of the imagination,”  debuted in 2013 and continues to tour at home and abroad and has been translated into German, Greek, Arabic and Turkish. In 2016 she received  a Creative Capital Award for her new work  "The Plastic Bag Store"  an installation and performance that takes place in a fake grocery store in a real storefront and addresses the long term impact of disposable plastic packaging.  She is currently developing the work through a DisTil Fellowship at the University of North Carolina.   She is a MacDowell Colony Fellow and the first artist in Residence at Olson Kundig a renown design and architecture firm in Seattle.   [tabby title="CO-PRESENTER"] Instituto Cervantes of Chicago is a non-profit organization founded by the Government of Spain in 1991. Its mission is to promote Spanish language teaching as well as that of Spain’s co-official languages, in addition to fostering knowledge of the cultures of Spanish-speaking countries throughout the world. chicago.cervantes.es [tabbyending]

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The Neo-Futurists explore the absurd text of Theater Oobleck’s Mickle Maher with a barrage of puppet forms at a small tabletop in Tedium, and Mocrep responds in a newly created companion piece, Other Sensations. In a multi-disciplinary journey through déjà vu, meta-theatrical successes and time-bending sonic experiments, a small ensemble of puppeteers and performers soothe the worries and sorrows of the world away.

[button link="https://www.chicagopuppetfest.org/performances/" size="medium" background="#ebe720"]Back to All Events[/button] [tabby title="ARTISTS"] Celebrating its 30th anniversary this season, The Neo-Futurist Theater is a collective of writer-director-performers who create theater that is a fusion of sport, poetry and living newspaper. The company has created more than 10,300 plays to date within its flagship late-night event (now known as The Infinite Wrench) and more than 65 full-length mainstage productions incorporating its signature non-illusory, interactive style of performance. neofuturists.org Theater Oobleck is an artistic collective dedicated to producing and performing original works of theater for the benefit of, and at low or no cost to, the members of the Chicago community and beyond. All our works are created and developed by members of the Oobleck ensemble, working in concert to create a collaborative vision without an overseeing director. We have produced over 70 world-premiere productions over the past 30 years, as well as 18 remounts of earlier productions. theateroobleck.com Mocrep is a collective creating radically experimental, interdisciplinary, and collaborative work. Equal parts music, performance art, video art, and movement, its varied and fluid practice reflects the complexity of contemporary culture and relationships. Its work subverts the rigid structures that circumscribe relations among artists and commodify the products of their labor, creating new possibilities for exchange among artists, artworks, and audiences. mocrep.org [tabbyending]

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Presented on the occasion of the exhibition Painting the Floating World: Ukiyo-e Masterpieces from the Weston Collection, Shank's Mare is a collaborative puppet performance by American puppet artist Tom Lee and Japanese traditional puppeteer Koryu Nishikawa V. This beautifully detailed production combines traditional kuruma ningyo puppetry, live video projection of miniature sets and a haunting score on hammered dulcimer, Japanese shamisen, and flute to tell the story of two wandering travelers whose paths intersect in time and space.

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Shank's Mare Promo Video - YouTube
[tabby title="IMAGES"] [ngg src="galleries" ids="46" display="basic_thumbnail"] [tabby title="ARTISTS"] Tom Lee is a puppet artist, designer and director. He appeared on Broadway in War Horse, in Madama Butterfly at the Metropolitan Opera and creates original work that often explores the synthesis of manipulated objects, miniatures and puppets with the language of film and animation. Koryu Nishikawa V is the fifth generation headmaster of Hachioji Kuruma Ningyo (cart puppetry theatre of Hachioji), a 160-year-old traditional puppet theater. Trained by his father and grandfather, he studied puppetry at the Bunraku National Theatre and received his stage name Koryu Nishikawa V in 1996. Hachioji Kuruma Ningyo has taught and performed in over forty countries including UNIMA festivals in the Soviet Union, England, India and France. tomleeprojects.com kurumaningyo.com [tabby title="CO-PRESENTER"] The Art Institute of Chicago was founded as both a museum and school for the fine arts in 1879, a critical era in the history of Chicago as civic energies were devoted to rebuilding the metropolis that had been destroyed by the Great Fire of 1871. Its first collections consisting primarily of plaster casts, the Art Institute found its permanent home in 1893, when it moved into a building, constructed jointly with the city of Chicago for the World’s Columbian Exposition, at the intersection of Michigan Avenue and Adams Street. That building, its entry flanked by the two famous bronze lions, remains the “front door” of the museum even today. In keeping with the academic origins of the institution, a research library was constructed in 1901; eight major expansions for gallery and administrative space have followed, with the latest being the Modern Wing, which opened in 2009. The permanent collection has grown from plaster casts to nearly 300,000 works of art in fields ranging from Chinese bronzes to contemporary design and from textiles to installation art. Together, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and the museum of the Art Institute of Chicago are now internationally recognized as two of the leading fine-arts institutions in the United States. [tabbyending]

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Plexus Polaire, a favorite of the 2017 Chicago Puppet Fest, returns to present Chambre noire, a wild hallucination told from the deathbed of Valerie Jean Solanas. Writer, radical feminist, creator of the SCUM Manifesto, and Andy Warhol's would-be assassin, Solanas is a complex, outrageous, and absolutely human character. Blending humor and melancholy, puppeteer Yngvild Aspeli and percussionist Ane Marthe Sørlien Holen stage Solanas's tortured life using life-sized puppets, video projection, and broken songs.

This presentation is made possible, in part, by the Dance Center’s Subsidized Theater Rental Program funded by The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation. Presented as part of The Festivals Exchange—supported by The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation International Connections Fund This production is also supported by FACE Contemporary Theater, a program developed by FACE Foundation and the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the United States with the support from the Florence Gould Foundation Institut français-Paris, the French Ministry of Culture, and private donors. Additional support for women artists has been provided by Fondation CHANEL. [button link="https://www.chicagopuppetfest.org/performances/" size="medium" background="#ebe720"]Back to All Events[/button] [button link="https://www.chicagopuppetfest.org/the-festivals-exchange/" size="medium" background="#fb525c"]See more French Shows [/button]   [tabby title="VIDEO"]
VF_ChambreNoireTRAILER2018FRENCH - YouTube
[tabby title="IMAGES"] [ngg src="galleries" ids="38" display="basic_thumbnail"][tabby title="ARTISTS"] Norwegian born, Yngvild Aspeli, artistic director of Plexus Polaire, develops a visual universe that gives life to the most hidden feelings. The use of life-sized puppets is at the center of her work, but the double presence of the actor- puppeteer, the presence of the music, the use of light and video, are all equal elements in communicating the story. The meeting point of these different expressions creates an expanded language that opens up communication on several levels. Among Plexus Polaire, she has created four shows touring internationally: Signals (2008), Opera Opaque (2013), Cendres / Ashes (2014, opening act of the 2017 Chicago International Puppet Theater Festival) and Chambre Noire (2017). Most of her works are inspired by literature. She is now working on the adaptation on Moby Dick for 2020. plexuspolaire.com [tabby title="PARTNER"] The Dance Center of Columbia College Chicago is the city’s leading presenter of contemporary dance—bringing international, national, and local artists to Chicago audiences.

Performances at the Dance Center funded in part by the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation.

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Emmy award-winning master and the puppeteer behind Being John Malkovich, Phillip Huber, brings a stunning range of marionettes in this sophisticated performance praised as “a marvel” by the L.A. Times. The Huber Marionette’s incredible, complex puppets and manipulations are famed around the world. Sure to delight all audiences and to surprise even the most knowledgeable puppet fans.

[button link="https://www.chicagopuppetfest.org/performances/" size="medium" background="#ebe720"]Back to All Events[/button] [tabby title="ARTIST"] An internationally recognized "artist with marionettes" Phillip Huber is most widely known for his work in the 3-time Academy Award nominated film Being John Malkovich. His performance as "China Girl" is featured in the Disney film Oz the Great and Powerful staring James Franco, Michelle Williams, and Mila Kunis. In the contemporary art world Phillip created a special rock opera performance piece Don't Trust Anyone over Thirty in collaboration with concept artists Dan Graham and video artist Tony Ousler for performances in Miami, Berlin, Vienna and Minneapolis Contemporary Art Museum venues, plus an art installation for the Whitney Biennale 2006 in New York. Phillip's production of Suspended Animation has been seen worldwide with theatrical tours in Japan, France, Chile, Israel, Switzerland, South Korea, Norway, Spain, Brazil, Ireland, and Portugal.  http://www.hubermarionettes.com [tabby title="CO-PRESENTER"] Co-presented with Beverly Arts Center The Beverly Arts Center is a vibrant and multifaceted not-for-profit organization serving the Chicago metro area with high-quality programs in dance, visual arts, music, film and theater. The 40,000 square foot space houses a 400-seat theatre, art gallery, exhibition spaces, music and dance studios, art classrooms and event rental spaces including a courtyard and light-lled atrium. Founded in 1967 and located in Chicago’s historic Beverly/Morgan Park neighborhood, the BAC is also home to an extensive community outreach program. [tabbyending]

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She is a puppeteer. He is a musician. Life and death are playing in their cabaret. The big imaginary machinery they are activating together strangely looks like the one which presides over our destinies: the Ancients believed this weaving loom belongs to the three Parcae—Tria Fata—where the threads of our lives are weaving, uncoilin, and breaking.

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TRIA * FATA Compagnie La Pendue - YouTube
[tabby title="IMAGES"] [ngg src="galleries" ids="48" display="basic_thumbnail"] [tabby title="ARTISTS"] La Pendue, Theatre Company, puppets and sensitive metamorphosis, was created in 2003 in Grenoble by Estelle Charlier and Romuald Collinet, two former pupils of the National School for Puppetry of Charleville-Mézières. The company’s work leans toward two divergent and complementary directions. First, traditional glove puppet productions inspired by the 400-year-old character Polichinelle (Pulcinella), through the show Poli dégaine. Also, contemporary work which experiments with different puppetry techniques (string puppets, shadows and other techniques still uncategorized). However, these two lines agree on the essential: revealing the original human by means of his acting. lapendue.fr   [tabbyending]

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The Festival Neighborhood Tour fosters an appreciation of puppetry in every corner of the city by presenting two Festival artists in six neighborhood locations, for a total of 12 performances. This year the Neighborhood Tour is all international, with free performances in every corner of the city by amazing puppeteers from Italy and Puerto Rico. Shows include The Beginning of Nothing by Poncili Creación and Pulcinella by Gaspare Nasuto. Poncili Creación is an interactive sculpture collective based in Puerto Rico. Italy’s Gaspare Nasuto is one of the masters of Commedia dell’Arte performing comic lazzi to the delight of all ages. Dates and Times

MARQUETTE PARK, 6743 S. Kedzie Ave Friday, January 18: Time TBD

SEGUNDO RUIZ BELVIS CULTURAL CENTER, 4048 W. Armitage Ave. Saturday, January 19: 2 pm

SWEET WATER FOUNDATION in Englewood/Washington Park, 5749 S. Perry Ave. Date TBD

NAVY PIER in the Crystal Garden, 600 E. Grand Ave. Saturday, January 26: 12 pm + 2 pm

GARFIELD PARK CONSERVATORY, Horticulture Hall, 300 N. Central Park Ave. Date TBD

EXPERIMENTAL STATION in Woodlawn, 6100 S. Blackstone Ave. Sunday, January 27: 11 am

  [button link="https://www.chicagopuppetfest.org/performances/" size="medium" background="#ebe720"]Back to All Events[/button] [tabby title="ABOUT THE SHOWS"] The Beginning of Nothing By Poncili Creación (Puerto Rico) In this fantastical journey audiences witness the clash of two worlds unknown yet familiar, one luscious and beautiful, the other gloomy and scary. All actions in these worlds seem to have strong repercussions on the other. How can both worlds survive this terrible codependency? At times a metaphor for our current society or even for survival itself, The Beginning of Nothing is a visually stunning journey that makes its way down an impossible path with a breeze of hope, told in a dazzling spiral of color and dance. Pulcinella By Gaspare Nasuto (Italy)  From the traditional Italian Commedia dell’Arte comes the very original of the form, hand puppet trickster Pulicinella, who upon migration to England became known to English speakers as Punch. Impeccable timing and hysterical predicaments performed in a classic puppet booth, Pulicinella encounters a host of characters from Scaramouche to the crocodile. Gaspare Nasuto performance is supported by Istituto Italiano di Cultura Chicago [tabbyending]

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For this special performance, Yael Rasooly, one of Israel's leading independent theater artists, will be joined by accordion artist, composer and arranger Iliya Magalnyk for a cabaret show that takes audiences on a journey back in time to the music of the 1920’s-1950’s, French romance, Russian drama, the spirit of Klezmer, the groove of jazz and beyond. The duo has performed at the Duplex and the Laurie Beechman Theatre in New York City, at Festival Orbis Pictus in France, Russia, Denmark and in Israel.  Other Chicago Puppet Fest performances by Yael Rasooly: Paper Cut [button link="https://www.chicagopuppetfest.org/performances/" size="medium" background="#ebe720"]Back to All Events[/button] [tabby title="VIDEO"]
(Excerpt from) Busy Line - Vimeo
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Yael Rasooly was trained primarily as a classical singer and studied theatre design in London. She graduated with excellence from the School of Visual Theatre in Jerusalem, where she specialized in directing, puppetry and design. Since 2006, Yael has been creating independent theatre works and performs at leading international festivals throughout Europe, the United States, South America and the Far East.

Iliya Magalnyk is an accordion artist, composer and arranger. Iliya uses the accordion to combine different music styles, such as classical music, Klezmer, Yiddishkeit, French chansons, contemporary music, and Jazz, among others.

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A fabulous full family friendly First Nation spectacle celebrating an eco-focused story featuring elements of the Ojibwe, Lakota, and Cherokee Nations about the many connections between the sand hill cranes, earth and people. Follow Ajijaak on her migration on Turtle Island (North America) and notice how she learns wisdom from Indigenous peoples of past, present, and future. The crane is a metaphor and sacred symbol to help us mark the survival of living cultures still thriving today along the fly-a-way. Written by Ty Defoe Lyrics by Ty Defoe and Dawn Avery Music by Dawn Avery & Larry Mitchell, Kevin Tarrant and Ty Defoe Based on original storyboards written and drawn by Heather Henson Co-Directed by Ty Defoe and Heather Henson [button link="https://www.chicagopuppetfest.org/performances/" size="medium" background="#ebe720"]Back to All Events[/button] [tabby title="VIDEO"]
Ajijaak on Turtle Island by IBEX Puppetry - YouTube
[tabby title="IMAGES"] [ngg src="galleries" ids="35" display="basic_thumbnail"] Photo Credit: Richard Termine [ngg src="galleries" ids="36" display="basic_thumbnail"] Photo Credit: Theo Cote [tabby title="ARTISTS"] Heather Henson's IBEX Puppetry aims to promote health & healing for the planet through artistic spectacle and the fine art of puppetry. IBEX is an entertainment company dedicated to promoting puppetry in all of its various mediums, nurturing work for a myriad of venues including stage, film and gallery. ibexpuppetry.com [tabby title="PARTNER"] Presented in partnership with the American Indian Center. Today, the AIC strives to be the primary cultural and community resource for nearly 65,000 American Indians in Chicagoland’s six county region. Chicago is the third largest urban Native American population in the country with over one-hundred tribal nations represented. With over 75% of all Native people living off-reservation and in urban settings, the AIC represents this emerging Native population shift, resulting in a diverse multi-tribal community in need of a common social and cultural place of gathering. Through a combination of short-term relief services and long-term education and support programs, we seek to foster physical and spiritual health in the community, an active connection with traditional values and practices, stronger families with multigenerational bonds, and a rising generation of educated, articulate, and visionary youth. aicchicago.org [tabbyending]

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Just Another Lynching features puppets built by Jeghetto, who created this fictional story about a black man being lynched in the South in 1921. This story addresses the racial injustices that built this country. Due to its content, there is an open dialogue between the cast and audience after each performance. [button link="https://www.chicagopuppetfest.org/performances/" size="medium" background="#ebe720"]Back to All Events[/button] [tabby title="VIDEO"]
Just Another Lynching Interview - YouTube
[tabby title="ARTIST"] Tarish “Jeghetto” Pipkins is a self-taught artist from Chapel Hill, North Carolina, who has been building puppets for 16 years. He does performances and workshops across the country entertaining and educating children of all ages through the art of puppetry. He was awarded two grants from the Henson Foundation for his stage show 5P1N0K10 (A Hip Hopera about an Android who wants to be a real B boy). He was also a puppeteer in Missy Elliott and Pharrell Williams hit video “WTF” (Where They From). Jeghetto now performs with his son Tarin who works at his side in children’s productions as well as his puppet shows with adult themes such as Just Another Lynching. Jeghetto.com [tabby title="CO-PRESENTER"]   Links Hall encourages artistic innovation and public engagement by maintaining a facility and providing flexible programming for the research, development and presentation of new work in the performing arts. linkshall.org [tabbyending]

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