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Dec 1, 2014
Dec 1, 2014
Segal Theater
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Monday, December 1
10:00am Screenings
6:30pm Evening Program

FREE + Open to public. First come, first served.

The Segal Center is pleased to celebrate the publication of The Routledge Companion to Puppetry and Material Performance (Routledge, 2014), edited by Dassia N. Posner, Claudia Orenstein, and John Bell, with a full day of curated screenings followed by excerpted performances and a panel discussion featuring John Bell (Director of the Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry at the University of Connecticut) and Claudia Orenstein (Associate Professor at Hunter College and The Graduate Center, CUNY).

Join us for screenings highlighting the depth and breadth of contemporary puppetry in the US and abroad. The screenings will take place from 10:00am to 1:00pm and 2:00pm to 5:00pm.

Screenings curated by Tim Cusack (Artistic Director, Theatre Askew) include:


10:00AM – 1:00PM

Adventures of Fatima (1990)
Uzbek National Puppet Theater – 18 min

Aragoz (1989)
Unnamed Egyptian puppeteers – 16 min 30 sec

Giri Harja (Date unknown, first performed in 1984)
Asep Sunandar Sunarya (Indonesian wayang golek) – 16 min 30 sec

Cheko segment from Change and Continuity in the Art of Mali (1989)
Documentary by the National Museum of African Art,
Smithsonian Institution – 11 min

Un Avventura d’Orlando Furioso (1980)
Manteo Family Sicilian Marionette Theater (New York) – 2 min 30 sec

The Lover’s Exile (1980)
Bunraku Theatre of Japan – 25 min 30 sec

Magic in Our Hands (2014)
Padmini Rangarajan (India)
Documentary directed by Vicky Hart – 50 min

The Wonder of Diamond (2009)
Eko Nugroho, with Matthew Cohen (Indonesian wayang bocor) – 3 min

Vertep (Date unknown, first performed in 1989)
Vagabond Booth (Alexander Gref and Elena Slonimskaya/Russia) – 15 min


2:00PM – 2:30PM

Firebird (1982)
Underground Railway Theater (Cambridge, MA) – 5 min 30 sec

Hunchback (2000)
Red Moon Theater (Chicago) – 13 min 30 sec

Jabberwocky (1986)
Tears of Joy Theatre (Portland, OR) – 8 min


2:30PM – 3:10PM

Bumbledown: The Life & Times of Ronald Reagan (1989)
Spitting Image (U.K.) – 12 min 30 sec

Domestic Resurrection Circus (1985)
Bread and Puppet Theater (Glover, VT) – 10 min 30 sec

Toy Theater of Terror as Usual, Episode 9: Doom (1998)
Great Small Works
(John Bell, Trudi Cohen, Jenny Romaine & Mark Sussman/New York) – 20 min


3:10PM – 5:00PM

Various Works (1985)
Compagnie Philippe Gentey (France) – 14 minutes

Lion King (1998)
Julie Taymor (performance at the 52nd annual Tony Awards/New York) – 4 min 30 sec

Hermann (1989)
Theater Im Wind (Enno and Anne Podehl/Germany) – 4 min 45 sec

Fugitive Time (2014)
Janie Geiser (Los Angeles) – 7 min 30 sec

Ubu and the Truth Commission (1997)
Handspring Puppet Company – 90 min





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