Paperhand Puppet Intervention


Each year Paperhand Puppet Intervention writes, creates, builds and performs a large summer pageant-play-extravaganza. These performances last about an hour and a half, include an ensemble of professional musicians who create an original score of music and involve a cast of puppeteers, which has included as many as twenty-eight performers. The summer extravaganza is attended by over 16,000 people! Through the annual summer performance, Paperhand Puppet Intervention helps create a community that shares picnic blankets, ideas, experiences and a love of wonder.

"Of Wings and Feet" was the name of the 2017 Summer Series production I had the honor of contributing my cello-ing and singing to. I was in a merry band of six -- Jonathan Henderson (piano/bass/percussion), Beverly Botsford (percussion/sound effects), Quran Karriem (keyboard, sampling, trombone), Will Ridenour (kora, ukele, percussion, voiceovers), and Peter Lewis (drums) -- and we collectively created the score to accompany this mysterious, socially and politically engaging, clever and aesthetically amazing production over the course of about six weeks. I'm honored and quite pleased to have spent the summer with such talented individuals, and even happier to experience the positive responses to the show and specifically to our music from our weekly audiences.

"'Of Wings and Feet' is a whimsical, paradoxical juxtaposition of myriad forms and flights of fancy. Everything moves! And yes, we move. Forward hopefully. Spend an enchanted evening discovering what it means to be human… when you’re a bird. Or, a turtle. Or, in a circus of traveling revelers. Witness the living land and waters breathing and moving with the sky in an epic pageant of the ages. See, hear, and feel all this and more at our 18th annual giant puppet spectacle for all!"

Paperhand Puppet Intervention’s mission is to use diverse styles of puppetry and artistic expression to create works that inspire, promote social change and are deeply rewarding for all involved. These styles include: giant puppets, rod puppets, shadow puppetry, masks, stilt dancing and anything under the sky that strikes our fancy.

Their vision is inspired by their love for the earth and its creatures (including humans). They synthesize many art forms including, but never limited to, sculpting, painting, dance, music, improvisation, costume design, set design and theater. They're committed to creating multi-scaled and multi-disciplinary puppet performances that support this vision.

They use this puppetry, performance and creativity to undermine and eradicate greed, hate and fear and promote justice, equality and peace, and work uncompromisingly to these ends.

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