Puppetry

Animal Cracker Conspiracy engages a hybrid approach, utilizing diverse forms of puppetry such as table top, shadows, toy theater, and object puppetry. These performances are a multilayered approach to visual storytelling ranging from short form to full productions.

Spectrum: Society of Wonder

Premiering April 2024 at La Jolla Playhouse WOW Festival Supported by La Jolla Playhouse, Jim Henson Foundation and Prebys Foundation.

Society of Wonder: Short Films

Embark on a whimsical journey with this enchanting six-part video series that transports viewers to a world oddly familiar yet uniquely magical. In these captivating short films, The Society of Wonder, a group of visionaries, unravels the discovery that each backyard conceals a clandestine portal to an underground realm brimming with inspiration and hope. This revelation, however, predates the ominous influence of the monolithic Xebos Corporation, which has pushed our natural world to the edge of collapse.

As the story unfolds, five seemingly unrelated characters find themselves receiving mysterious signs from an enigmatic Cyborg. Tasked with deciphering these cryptic clues, they hold the key to preventing impending disaster. Will the Society of Wonder rise again, or will the threat from the Xebos Corporation extinguish the last flicker of hope? Join us on this extraordinary adventure where the fate of both worlds hangs in the balance.

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Paper Cities

A 60 minute journey of devised kinetic theater is a fragmented speculative survey of western civilization and imagined mythologies, narrated through puppetry, animated film, movement and sound. A reflective multidisciplinary performance that asks how we collectively created the current social, political, cultural and environmental narratives situated in contemporary North American society.

Realizing there is a myriad of perspectives that make up this broad question, we aim to incite discussion rather than to proffer answers. The piece sniffs out colonial narratives subsumed and buried in personal genealogies, investigating what it means to lose one's home by force, eviction, or habitat destruction.

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The Collector
The Collector

The Collector

The Collector is a mysterious tale, set in an alternate reality, about a lowly debt collector, who, under the management of a mechanical, tyranniacal overseer, undergoes a radical transformation of spirit in the process of collecting outstanding debts. As he travels through the urban landscape the boundaries between object and self collide. Performed with toy theatre, table-top puppets, object theatre, stop motion animation and film.

The story unfolds into a multidimensional mixed media performance through Orwellian, neo-Victorian lenses. The agitprop nature of this alternate reality is underscored by original constructed soundscapes by experimental composer Margaret Noble. Funded in part by the Jim Henson Foundation, the Sator Arts Foundation, and the Puffin Foundation.

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Breakfast with Beuys

A series of devised movement structures approaching meaning inspired by the initiator of the free university concept. This piece of object theatre references Joseph Beuys’ “I like America and America Likes Me”, re-visiting our ongoing obsession with newspapers and the way information is transmitted. Musical Compositions by Eddie Hernandez.

Breakfast with Beuys
Desire to Fly

Desire to Fly

Experience the enchanting world of Desire to Fly, a timeless narrative weaving themes of innovation, longing, and boundless imagination. This shadow puppet show draws inspiration from Leonardo da Vinci's visionary "flying machines" and humanity's enduring quest to conquer the skies.

Set in the distant future, our story unfolds with a freshly assembled Robot, navigating through a garden where an unexpected fascination with butterflies sparks his curiosity. Motivated by this newfound inspiration, the Robot embarks on a daring venture to construct his own set of wings. The journey into experimental flight takes unforeseen turns, captivating audiences with the unexpected twists that lie ahead. Join us on a mesmerizing exploration of dreams and discovery in Desire to Fly.

The Adult Puppet Cabaret

The Adult Puppet Cabaret is an evolution stemming from the legacy of "Puppet Slams" pioneered by IBEX Puppetry and The Puppet Slam Network.

These cabarets showcase contemporary short-form puppet and object theater tailored for adult audiences. Held in intimate settings such as small venues, nightclubs, and art spaces, these performances unfold at the intersection of vaudeville, burlesque, and performance art. Rooted in experimental theater, art, music, and dance, they provide a refreshing alternative to the culturally uniform landscape of digital mass media.

The Adult Puppet Cabaret serves as a platform to cultivate and champion new puppetry works while catering specifically to adult audiences in San Diego, CA. If you're eager to get involved, whether through participation, workshops, or volunteering, visit adultpuppetcabaret.com for more information. Join us in celebrating the vibrant and diverse world of adult puppet theater!