La MaMa's Puppet Series 2013 Set for 11/7-24
In 1962, when Ellen Stewart invited puppet artists from Korea, La MaMa began a long love affair with all things puppetry. The form has been an integral part of La MaMa's artistic vision for more than a half-century. The institution demonstrates the depth and breadth of its commitment with the La MaMa Puppet Series 2013, which, for three weeks (November 7 - 24), fills all three La MaMa theaters with a wide array of productions-both emerging and established artists, from countries around the world, offering something for theatergoers of all ages.
Curated by Denise Greber, productions take place at the Ellen Stewart Theatre (66 East 4th Street), the First Floor Theatre (74 East 4th Street) and the Club Theatre (74 East 4th Street). Tickets are available now and can be purchased atwww.lamama.org, 212-475-7710, or in person at the box office. Prices for individual shows vary (see below). Tickets for children's performances are $10 per family (four-person maximum). Series packages are available for $35 (two shows), $45 (three shows) and $75 (five shows).
This fall, La MaMa has introduced a new initiative, 10@$10, through which ten $10 tickets will be available to every performance on a first-come, first-served basis.
The La MaMa Puppet Series 2013 is supported by The Jim Henson Foundation, Ford Foundation, The Coca-Cola Foundation, The Shubert Foundation, The Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust, The Lambent Foundation Fund of Tides Foundation, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, New York State Council on the Arts, and Cheryl Henson.
LA MAMA PUPPET SERIES 2013 PROGRAMMING
Internationally acclaimed artist Roman Paska returns to the New York stage with Echo in Camera. The work explores the relationships between hearing, understanding and identity in a "little mental drama" that recasts the Orpheus legend as an interior journey, tracing the descent of a divided puppet protagonist through a netherworld of his own imagination to retrieve a missing other.
Roman Paska is the Artistic Director of Dead Puppet Theatre Company and a writer, director, filmmaker and puppeteer whose original productions, under two successive company names, Theatre for the Birds and Dead Puppet, include The End of the World, God Mother Radio, Dead Puppet Talk andSchoolboy Play, which was commissioned by Linz '09 European Capital of Culture and presented in 2010 at The National Theatre of Portugal. He direcTed August Strindberg's A Dream Play with puppets for its centennial at the Stockholm Stadsteater, and for several years was director of the Institut International de la Marionnette in France. His magical-realist documentary feature, Rehearsal for a Sicilian Tragedy, with John Turturro, premiered at the Venice Film Festival in 2009, and has since been seen at the Hamptons Film Festival, Lincoln Center and BAM.
Are They Edible
Created by Jeanette Yew
Thurs - Sat at 9pm, Sunday at 5:30 pm
The Club Theatre
Are They Edible? is a multi-sensory puppetry performance inspired by Homer's epics The Iliad and The Odyssey. It takes place in an interactive setting in which food consumption is used as a way to engage the audience in a tactile discourse on the relationship between war, heroes and hunger (or the urge to consume). Throughout the piece, the audience enjoys the perspective of the gods, with a birds-eye view of the scope of atrocities, and with the eerie sense that this is all constructed for their enjoyment.
Jeanette Oi-Suk Yew is a New York-based theater lighting and video designer, in addition to being a puppetry artist with extensive experience creating new works and adaptations in a collaborative setting. As a designer she creates Visual Environments that are organically integrated into the landscapes and languages of productions. She has designed for theater, opera, musical events, and installations. Her designs have been seen in New York, Los Angeles, Seattle, Minneapolis and Miami, and internationally at Havana (Cuba), Prague (Czech Republic), Lima (Peru) and Edinburgh (Scotland). Her work has appeared in venues such as BAM Fisher, the Rose Theater at Lincoln Center, HERE Arts Center, St. Ann's Warehouse, ArtsEmerson, The Ontological-Hysteric, Manhattan School of Music, Teatro Mella, The Zoo Roxy, The Flea Theater, Joyce SOHO, The Chocolate Factory, REDCAT and Highways Performance Space.
Through puppetry, Yew has created innovative and interactive performances. Her toy theater production of The Butcher Men was invited to the 2006 Prague Quadrennial and her digital puppetry adaptation of the Book of Genesis, MILK, was part of the Labapalooza 2007 presented at St. Ann's Warehouse (NYC). She was the recipient of the 2009-2011 NEA/TCG Career Development Program and teaches at Stony Brook University.