Philadelphia’s Puppetyranny is a committee (Leslie Rogers and Zac Palladino) of craftastic wrongdoers. Though based in Philadelphia, Puppetyranny also features tyrannical circus and annoyance arts from abroad. Talents include, but are not limited to: Puppetry, Stilting, regular old Acting, Trapeze, Garbage Making, and Animation.
Puppetyranny will be presenting a sequel to their popular MouthShow!, a spectacular set of vignettes told on the on a most intimate stage – the mouth!
Prepare to be uncomfortably thrilled!
Anna Frants is an international new media artist and curator. Her interactive installations have been exhibited at venues across the world. Recent highlights from 2009-present include exhibiting in the St. Petersburg Biennial, Moscow Biennial and Polish Biennial, Kuoseino Sato Museum of Contemporary Art (Fukuoka, Japan), The Museum of Art and Design (New York, USA), The State Hermitage Museum (St. Petersburg, Russia), Chelsea Art Museum (New York, USA), RSProjects (Berlin, Germany), VAP / Gogolfest (Kiev, Ukraine) and Transmediale (Berlin, Germany) as well as participating in a 17-day expedition to The Arctic Circle with The Farm Foundation of Arts and Sciences. Frants is represented by Dam, Stuhltrager Gallery (Brooklyn, USA & Berlin, Germany) and Barbarian Gallery (Zurich, Switzerland).
Frants is also a distinguished curator active in expanding and progressing the international field of New Media. She is co-founder of Cyland – a nonprofit that organizes an annual new media festival held throughout St. Petersburg, Russia’s top institutions including The State Hermitage Museum, The Peter and Paul Fortress and Sergey Kuryokhin Modern Art Center. Anna graduated from Baron Stieglitz St. Petersburg Academy of Art & Industry in Russia and Pratt Institute School of Advanced Studies in New York. She spends her time split between Russia and New York.
Sarah Jennings is responsible for the care and feeding of an army of puppets. Sarah likes to go big or go home. Sarah is originally from Richmond, VA. Sarah is enthusiastic and excitable. Sarah drinks coca cola all day long. Sarah likes to have an excuse to wear a costume. Sarah works in a cubicle all day. Sarah throws dinner parties and likes to work in her workshop. Sarah is not very tall.
Dancer and puppeteer Marianne Ross has performed with Bread and Puppet Theater, Kids on the Block, The Puppet Company at Glen Echo National Park, and the DC Puppet Underground, among others. She is also the director of Concerts in the Country,(www.concertsinthecountry.org ) which produces outdoor multi-media festivals in the Washington DC area. Marianne Ross will present two short performances, including Emperor Ta Li’s Victory, a short parable by Bertolt Brecht on the crankie, and The Butterfly Effect, a commentary on war featuring a tin marionette and a finger puppet butterfly.
Martha Colburn‘s handcrafted animations explode with an energy, concentration and a rapid-fire torrent of ideas that push the medium to its very edges. Colburn’s past works have savagely lampooned pop culture, consumerism, and middle-class attitudes to delirious fantasies, but her most recent films bring more tragic dimensions to bear by focusing on war and icons of American history.
Always startling in her use of disparate techniques and free association, Martha Colburn creates films unlike any other, and the screening spans 16 years of filmmaking with 16 films, including Dolls vs. Dictators (2010), Join the Freedom Force (2009), Myth Labs (2008), Triumph of the Wild (2008), Skelehellavision (2001), Spiders In Love: An Arachnogasmic Musical (2000), and Evil of Dracula (1997), among others. Her work has been shown at the Centre Pompidou, The Kitchen, the Whitney Museum, PS 1, MoMA, and numerous major international film festivals.
Possibilitarian Puppet Theatre
There is a farm deep the mountains of the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont, where a paper mache cathedral houses Insurrection masses, and a sourdough Baker and Philosopher makes a living by corrupting capitalist youth and making them unfit for the jobs they are manufactured to perform.
In Cleveland, OH, a cultural enterprise infected with this Sourdough Philosophy is determined to continue testing out this unreasonable, childish, idiotic practice called puppetry on the hum-drum, business-as-usual, sterilized, money-worshipping, techno-dazed world.
Precisely due to the obvious impossibility of this enterprise they call themselves the Possibilitarian Puppet Theater. Possibilitarians say: “Yes we embrace possibility and celebrate it in the form of puppetry, which includes the arts in all forms: Music, Sculpture, Painting, Dance, Poetry, Performing, and even advanced cardboard and garbage engineering technology.”