3.03.2013

bread and puppet

The most amazing thing happened this weekend~ Bread and Puppet Theater came and did a show in our neighborhood. Can you believe it? Well, probably most of you have no idea who Bread & Puppet are, but I know at least a few of you out there who would have immediately known what a crazy, wonderful, and amazing thing to have happen right out your door! We literally walked through the woods and down to our neighbors at Earthaven Ecovillage to see the show.
 And for those of you who don't know about them yet, here is a bit about Bread and Puppet in their words:

The Bread and Puppet Theater was founded in 1963 by Peter Schumann on New York City’s Lower East Side. Besides rod-puppet and hand puppet shows for children, the concerns of the first productions were rents, rats, police, and other problems of the neighborhood. More complex theater pieces followed, in which sculpture, music, dance and language were equal partners. The puppets grew bigger and bigger. Annual presentations for Christmas, Easter, Thanksgiving and Memorial Day often included children and adults from the community as participants. Many performances were done in the street. During the Vietnam War, Bread and puppet staged block-long processions and pageants involving hundreds of people.
In 1974 Bread and Puppet moved to a farm in Glover in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont. The 140-year old hay barn was transformed into a museum for veteran puppets. Our Domestic Resurrection Circus, a two day outdoor festival of puppetry shows, was presented annually through 1998.
The company makes its income from touring new and old productions  both on the American continent and abroad, and from sales of Bread and Puppet Press’ posters and publications. The traveling puppet shows range from tightly composed theater pieces presented by members of the company, to extensive outdoor pageants which require the participation of many volunteers.
Bread and Puppet is one of the oldest, nonprofit, self-supporting theatrical companies in the country.
The content of the show was mostly heavy, focused on things like war and environmental issues. However, there was a lot of laughter and artful ways of portraying the messages they were trying to get across. My kids were enthralled the whole show.
artwork for sale:
I kind-of forgot how much I love gigantic puppets & theater in general. Here's to hoping that things you love will come right to your doorstep too!

xxx Kelcey

2 comments:

Mandy said...

What fun!! They came to Oneonta once, and it was so much fun. It was before my kids were born, but I think they would have loved it. Love all of their posters!

Jane@flightplatformliving said...

oh my goodness! loving this, especially that last shot walking through the woods. did you buy any art?