On Friday, November 5th, 2010, 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 touch of puppetry and indoor kites. The performance was part of a special late-night screening of Labyrinth at the Orlando Film Festival at the Plaza Cinema Cafe Theater 7.
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.
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.