Paper Cities

A multi-media puppet theater workshop that engages histories of global urban development and transforms commerce, architecture and politics into poetry, movement and sound.

Paper Cities explores the growth of a city and its relationship with and through paper, taking a particular look at contemporary ‘realities’ and the intertwining of archetypal patterns that have both plagued, epitomized and exalted the idea of the city in collective memory. The piece has developed from discussions and research looking into the artist’s personal histories living in the country and the mountains, the suburbs and different cities, and feeling the tension between the man-made and the primordial wild. It is an experimental performance based in a hybrid approach to creation of imagery, sound and movement.

This exciting presentation has been made possible through a grant for an Individual Artist Fellowship from the Ariel W. Coggeshall Fund of the San Diego Foundation Malin Burnham Center for Civic Engagement. These annual fellowships support the creation and development of new work conceived by San Diego-based artists and focus on creating opportunities for civic engagement or advancing social change through arts and culture.

Created in collaboration with Animal Cracker Conspiracy:
Director, Liam Clancy
Music, Composed & Performed by Kristopher Apple
La Jolla Playhouse Resident Dramaturg, Shirley Fishman