Great Small Works to Bring 10th INTERNATIONAL TOY THEATER FESTIVAL to St. Ann's Warehouse, 6/14-23
St. Ann's Warehouse will present a colossal celebration of tiny art, Great Small Works' Tenth International Toy Theater Festival, June 14-23. As it has with great success in 2005, 2008 and 2010, Great Small Works will transform the vast and versatile St. Ann's Warehouse into numerous smaller performance arenas and an extensive, free exhibition, The Temporary Toy Theater Museum, which will juxtapose classic examples of miniature, working theaters alongside radical, contemporary interpretations of the form. In addition to new productions by Great Small Works, the festival will feature performances by hundreds of theater miniaturists from around the world (Berlin, Mexico City, San Juan, London), the city (Queens, Brooklyn, Manhattan), and places in between (Chicago, Philadelphia, San Diego, Vermont).
A highlight of this year's festival is the New York premiere of Janie Geiser's The Reptile Under the Flowers, a peepshow/diorama performance in twelve scenes that incorporates puppetry, mechanical performing objects, small projections, music and sound to create an intimate miniature spectacle. Performed by an ensemble of 15 performers for audiences of eight people at a time, The Reptile Under the Flowers builds its narrative through the accumulation of small actions and events, without text or dialogue, and follows the intersecting lives of a father, mother and son. The Reptile Under the Flowers was conceived, directed and designed by Janie Geiser and features original music composed by Valerie Opielski. The work is not recommended for children under 14.
This tenth edition of the festival, the largest to date, is presented in multiple-show programs of performances-six main stage programs, nine small stage programs, plus four family-oriented programs. Please see below for a schedule of performances, including brief descriptions of the works. Complete festival information is available at www.greatsmallworks.org/TTF2013/schedule.html.
A $75 festival pass includes access to all adult and family toy theater performances, including the late-night toy theater slam, except for Janie Geiser's The Reptile Under the Flowers and the public workshop on Saturday, June 22. Reservations must be made for individual programs. Single tickets for Main Stage, Family Programs, and the Workshop are $20 and $10 for kids, single tickets for Great Small Stages performances are $10, and single tickets to Janie Geiser's The Reptile Under the Flowers are $15. Tickets can be purchased online at www.stannswarehouse.org, by phone at 718.254.8779 (Tue-Sat,1pm-7pm) or 866.811.4111 (Mon-Fri, 9am-9pm; Sat and Sun, 10am-6pm) and in person at the St. Ann's Warehouse Box Office at 29 Jay Street in DUMBO, Brooklyn (Tue-Sat, 1pm-7pm).
Festivities on Saturday, June 15th begin at 2:00 P.M. with the Greatest Smallest Parade. Tiny floats accompanied by a full-force marching brass band will wind through the sidewalks of DUMBO and finish at St. Ann's Warehouse, where all the rolling, shoebox-sized masterpieces will be displayed. From 3:00 - 5:00 P.M., an opening reception for the Toy Theater Museum will take place. Exhibited throughout The Warehouse, the Toy Theater Museum includes the finest examples of traditional and contemporary toy theaters, representing 100 artists and collectors, and including historical models, stages used for performance, stage models for full-scale Theater Productions, and visual artwork inspired by the Toy Theater form. The exhibit is free and open to the public 1 hour before all show times.
On Sunday, June 16 at 4:00 P.M., the festival will include a symposium titled Toy Theater and the Camera Symposium. Excerpts from Pontine Theater's "House of Seven Gables" will be shown, and festival artists will examine the different ways they combine live-action film, projection and animation with paper theater to celebrate the compressed power of the miniature.