A Festival for Puppet Shows, Only on the Lower East Side
Well, this is something Tony Sarg would have loved.
The first ever International Puppet Fringe Festival is underway on the Lower East Side.
This first outing honors Puerto Rican artist and Teatro SEA’s puppet master José López Alemán, whose contributions to puppetry span over 40 years. The week-long celebration, which began this past Monday, showcases emerging and established puppeteers and puppet troupes through performances, exhibits, and symposia at the Clemente Soto Velez Center on Suffolk Street.
Artists from Cuba, Spain, Argentina, China, Israel, Puerto Rico, USA, France, and Georgia were among the countries selected to participate. What makes this festival unique is that it gives puppeteers an opportunity to connect with like-minded individuals, as well as introduce new fans to their art on an international scale.
The following companies are participating:
- Agua, Sol y Sereno (Puerto Rico) – “Corazón de papel: A Hurricane Story”
- Chinese Theatre Works (USA) – “Tiger Tales”
- Compañía La Bicicleta (Costa Rica) – “Nana Raíz”
- Drama of Works (USA) – “Sleepy Hollow”
- La Tortue Noire (Canada) – “Le Grand Oeuvre (The Great Work)”
- Les Anges au Plafond (France) – “Le Cri Quitodien (The Daily Scream)
- Paper Heart Puppets (USA) – “Cardboard Explosion!”
- Red Herring (USA) – “My Grandfather’s Prayers”
- Wonderspark (USA) – “Fox Fables”
The puppets come to life through Sunday. More details about the festival can be found here.