I performed David Bowie’s onscreen role of Jared, the Goblin King in Goblin Party Interactive – a theatrical screening of Jim Henson’s dark musical fantasy film, Labyrinth. Ibex Puppetry presented Goblin Party Interactive in a similar format of the Rocky Horror Picture Show with live actors performing in front of the screen, audience costumes and participation, and with the added tough of puppetry and indoor kites. There were 7 shows between May 20th-May 30th, 2010 at the Orlando Shakespeare Theatre as part of the Orlando Fringe Festival.
Labyrinth is a 1986 British-American adventure musical dark fantasy film directed by Jim Henson, executive-produced by George Lucas, and based upon conceptual designs by Brian Froud. The film revolves around 15-year-old Sarah’s (Jennifer Connelly) quest to reach the center of an enormous otherworldly maze to rescue her infant brother Toby, who Sarah wished away to Jareth, the Goblin King (David Bowie). With the exception of Connelly and Bowie, most of the film’s significant characters are played by puppets produced by Jim Henson’s Creature Shop.
From the postcard:
Goblin Party Interactive
Presented by Ibex Puppetry
Join the Mistress of Puppetry
in this live costumed performance! Come in costume! Speed through the Labyrinth in a special 60-minute version of the film! Dodge rocks, shoot at fairies, and beware of the Bog of Stench. It doesn’t look that far but it’s further than you think.
Presented at the Orlando Fringe Festival 2010
Orlando Shakespeare Theatre
Loch Haven Park Orange Venue
May 20th at 9:50PM
May 22nd at 8:10PM
May 23rd at 11:40PM
May 25th at 9:20PM
May 27th at 5:00PM
May 29th at 11:30AM
May 30th at 5:15PM
Ibex Puppetry was an entertainment company dedicated to promoting the fine art of puppetry in all of its mediums. The recipient of multiple UNIMA (Union Internationale de la Marionette) awards since its founding in 2000, Ibex Puppetry supported puppet art in the mediums of film, stage, gallery exhibits, workshops and artist presentations.
From the Orlando Fringe website:
The Orlando Fringe provides an accessible, affordable outlet that draws diverse elements of the Orlando, national and international theatrical and performance community together and inspires creative excellence through the arts.
The history of Fringe Festivals began in Edinburgh, Scotland in 1947. There, a number of performing artists who were not official participants of the Edinburgh International Festival (whose participants are invited by its General Director) decided to produce their own work in empty stores and church basements. Thus, their work was staged literally “on the fringe” of the established festival. The concept was an immediate success and the Fringe soon became as – if not more – popular as the “official” Edinburgh Festival. The Edinburgh Fringe Festival, as of 2012 is the largest festival in the world and Europe’s #1 tourist destination.
Following the example of the Edinburgh Fringe, other Fringe Festivals sprang up in Europe, North America, Australia and Asia in the following decades, many of which follow the true Fringe philosophy – to provide artists with the opportunity to show their work in an uncensored and unjuried environment and to give 100% of ticket sales back to them.
The Orlando International Fringe Theatre Festival was created in 1991 by Terry Olson (now Director of the Orange County Division of Arts and Cultural Affairs), Andy Anthony and Rick Kunst. The first festival was held in 1992 in downtown Orlando, with most venues being created in empty storefronts specifically for the festival. This continued until 2004, when the festival was split between downtown Orlando and Loch Haven Park. The move to Loch Haven proved a success and so, from 2005 on, the festival has been entirely in Loch Haven Park and the beautiful Ivanhoe Village neighborhood.