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Adventures in New Puppetry

Five shows reinventing puppetry at Minneapolis' Walker Art Center

by Max Gold
on 29 September 2010

From Jason Segel's to the Internet sensation-turned-IFC show Food Party, puppetry endures as a medium that brings the absurd and fantastical to life. To celebrate the ancient art form, the Twin Cities' Walker Art Center kickd off the performing arts season with five distinct shows under the banner Adventures in New Puppetry.

"Dark Matters" is a puppetry/dance hybrid fable by the Canadian dancer and choreographer Crystal Pite and her company, Kidd Pivot Frankfurt RM. After the show, the company will lead a dance improvisation workshop.

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The Twin Cities-based Open Eye Figure Theater will co-present Toy Theater After Dark, a modern take on old-world toy puppetry.

A collaboration between the avant-garde Slovene theater troupe Betontanc and Latvian object theater masters,, "Show Your Face!" is the dark story of an empty snowsuit brought to life by seven actors and live musicians.

Woyzeck on the Highveld is a mixed-media adaptation of Georg Buchner's play. Director William Kentridge collaborated with the Handspring Puppet Company for this synthesis of animated film, puppets and actors.


The Devil and Mister Punch is a work-in-progress from the irreverent British theater company, Improbable.

To find tickets and specific show dates visit the Walker Calendar.

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