The Third Annual Voice 4 Vision Puppet Festival will be presented October 12 – 22 by Theater for the New City to celebrate the work of a unique group of New York artists who have been creating dynamic puppet theater for many years. Theater for the New City is dedicated to presenting cross-disciplinary theatrical works and to developing audiences that support local New York artists; this festival is wonderfully suited to that mission. The festival is co-curated by Jane Catherine Shaw and Sarah Provost.
The festival will include the following works: “The Traveler” by Dramaton Theater; “Warhol” by Drama of Works; “How I Fixed My Engine with Rose Water” by John Dyer, Rima Fand, Brendan McMahon, Erin Orr, and Lake Simons; and “Slow Ascent” by Anna Kiraly and Kuba Gontarczyk.
Week 1 ends in “Puppets on Film,” featuring works by individual artists, and “Handmade Puppet Dreams,” a collection of short films by independent artists curated by Heather Henson.
Week 2 ends in “Puppet Art Attacks,” a puppetry slam for short works of genius by a variety of puppet artists. There will be an installation of puppets created by New York artists on display in the theater lobby throughout the two-week festival.
The participants in this festival are all award-winning artists who create original works of their own and contribute their performing and conceptual talents to significant large-scale works by other contemporary puppet theater artists and groups. The festival will include new works and works of merit that have been seen briefly in New York in the past few years and deserve to be shared with a wider New York audience.
The festival is supported by the Jim Henson Foundation and the Norman and Rosita Winston Foundation.
Theater for the New City, 155 First Ave. (at E. 10th St.)