On July 5th, 2010, I performed Fudgie’s Death at the Puppet Apocalypse – the innaugural puppet slam hosted by Winnipeg Puppet Collective at the Park Theatre. Fudgie’s Death is a neo-noir segment from Growing Up Linda in which the daughter of a famous ice cream mogul must come to terms with her troubled past. In Fudgie’s Death, I transform table-top pop-up books into full-screen cinema.
Fudgie’s Death was written with longtime collaborator, P.J. McWhiskers and Joel Egger with pop-up books created with Korean paper engineer, Eugean Seo. For this iteration of Fudgie’s Death, costumes were designed by Rachel Weir with specialty corseting created by Lee Vargas Perez and Hunter Wells. Kari Rae Seekons designed the sound, so that I was able to trigger cues from the stage, while Heather Henson provided live video feed from a tiny security camera.
Also performing were Heather Henson, Adhere and Deny, The Secondhandpants, 6, The Watch Spectacle Puppet Company, The Wishweweres, and Jazz on a String. Some puppet short puppet films were also screened.
The Park Theatre, one of Winnipeg’s premier live event venues, is situated in a renovated movie theatre that first opened in the fall of 1915 and was repurposed into a performance venue years later.
From “Strings Attached” write up by Alison Mayes in the Winnipeg Free Press:
You’ve heard of a poetry slam? Get ready for Winnipeg’s first puppet slam. Puppet Apocalypse, a gathering of diverse puppeteers who’ll show their acts and short films, is July 5th at 7:30PM at the Park Theatre. Local companies include Grant Guy’s Adhere & Deny and Asa Nodelman’s Watch & Spectacle Puppet Company, as well as newcomers like the Secondhandpants and the Wishwerweres/ Heather Henson of Florida’s IBEX Puppetry and L.A. puppet artist Marsian will also be there. No word on whether Archie Wood can make it. More information at danwalechuk.com/puppetslam
From curator Dan Walechuck’s interview on CJOB, Winnipeg: