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Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry

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March 2019

“The Royal de Luxe Giants in Montreal: Poetics and Logistics in the Animation of Urban Space” with Mark Sussman

March 27 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Ballard Institute Theater, 1 Royce Circle
Storrs, CT 06268 United States
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Admission to this event is free (donations greatly appreciated!).

This presentation will discuss a rare 2017 appearance of the world-famous Royal de Luxe company in North America. Based in Nantes, France and led by director Jean-Luc Courcoult, the company comprises a large number of designers, mechanics, builders, and engineers who are also, by necessity, storytellers, performers, and community artists. Commissioned by various cities, the company tours the globe with a collection of giants: marionette-like figures operated by expertly trained teams of Lilliputian performers in a series of monumental and…

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“Go Home Tiny Monster” by The Gottabees

March 30 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Ballard Institute Theater, 1 Royce Circle
Storrs, CT 06268 United States
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$6 – $12

One day, Sylvie and her family of handmade creatures suddenly find themselves in need of a new home. Luckily, they have an audience full of people who can help them out. Go Home Tiny Monster features the Gottabees' trademark mix of puppetry, joyously absurd silliness, physical theater, live music, and surprising poignancy. This show is 40 minutes and is recommended for ages 3+. The Gottabees are a Boston-based ensemble dedicated to creating inspirational, engaging, and empowering theater for family audiences.…

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“Go Home Tiny Monster” by The Gottabees

March 30 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Ballard Institute Theater, 1 Royce Circle
Storrs, CT 06268 United States
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$6 – $12

One day, Sylvie and her family of handmade creatures suddenly find themselves in need of a new home. Luckily, they have an audience full of people who can help them out. Go Home Tiny Monster features the Gottabees' trademark mix of puppetry, joyously absurd silliness, physical theater, live music, and surprising poignancy. This show is 40 minutes and is recommended for ages 3+. The Gottabees are a Boston-based ensemble dedicated to creating inspirational, engaging, and empowering theater for family audiences.…

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April 2019

“Paper Cut” by Yael Rasooly

April 5 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Ballard Institute Theater, 1 Royce Circle
Storrs, CT 06268 United States
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$8 – $12

The Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry and the UConn Puppet Arts Program at the University of Connecticut will host Yael Rasooly's internationally acclaimed puppet show Paper Cut for two special evening performances on Friday, April 5 at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. at the Ballard Institute Theater, located at 1 Royce Circle in Downtown Storrs. A lonely secretary remains in the office. From her little corner, using photos from old film magazines, she escapes into a world of daydreams.…

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“Paper Cut” by Yael Rasooly

April 5 @ 9:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Ballard Institute Theater, 1 Royce Circle
Storrs, CT 06268 United States
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$8 – $12

The Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry and the UConn Puppet Arts Program at the University of Connecticut will host Yael Rasooly's internationally acclaimed puppet show Paper Cut for two special evening performances on Friday, April 5 at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. at the Ballard Institute Theater, located at 1 Royce Circle in Downtown Storrs. A lonely secretary remains in the office. From her little corner, using photos from old film magazines, she escapes into a world of daydreams.…

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“Holy Puppets: Performing Objects in the Middle Ages” with Michelle Oing

April 10 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Ballard Institute Theater, 1 Royce Circle
Storrs, CT 06268 United States
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Admission to this event is free (donations greatly appreciated!).

From puppets of Christ to fire-breathing dragons, the medieval world was full of performing objects. In this talk, Yale University art historian Michelle Oing explores the way in which puppets were used in late medieval European culture to understand humanity's place in the cosmos. Michelle Oing is a Ph.D. candidate in the History of Art at Yale University, specializing in medieval art and architecture. Her dissertation on performing objects in late-medieval Germany combines her personal interest in puppetry, as a…

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“Goldilocks and the Three Bears” by Stevens Puppets

April 27 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Ballard Institute Theater, 1 Royce Circle
Storrs, CT 06268 United States
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$6 – $12

In an enchanted Alaskan forest, join a family of bears as they encounter different perspectives and values, ultimately sharing a common purpose with a salmon, and resolving their conflict with a golden-haired trespasser, who learns precious lessons from them as well as from her bald eagle companion about respect, kindness, apologizing, and forgiveness. This show is 45 minutes long and recommended for ages 3+. Stevens Puppets was founded in 1933 by the Peabody-Award-winning Martin Stevens, a pre-eminent American puppeteer and…

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“Goldilocks and the Three Bears” by Stevens Puppets

April 27 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Ballard Institute Theater, 1 Royce Circle
Storrs, CT 06268 United States
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$6 – $12

In an enchanted Alaskan forest, join a family of bears as they encounter different perspectives and values, ultimately sharing a common purpose with a salmon, and resolving their conflict with a golden-haired trespasser, who learns precious lessons from them as well as from her bald eagle companion about respect, kindness, apologizing, and forgiveness. This show is 45 minutes long and recommended for ages 3+. Stevens Puppets was founded in 1933 by the Peabody-Award-winning Martin Stevens, a pre-eminent American puppeteer and…

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May 2019

“Wayang Puppet Theater of Indonesia: Collective Creativity and Individual Agency” with Matthew Cohen

May 1 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Ballard Institute Theater, 1 Royce Circle
Storrs, CT 06268 United States
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Admission to this event is free (donations greatly appreciated!).

Traditions of puppet theater in western Indonesia–wayang kulit, wayang golek, and wayang klithik–were once inseparable from communal rites and spirit beliefs and flourished in situations of collective creativity. With modernization and globalization, wayang puppet theaters have become media for moral guidance, secular entertainments, and symbols of local identity, and named artists (puppeteers as well as puppet makers) have become more prominent and assertive of individual agency. This talk, illustrated by puppets from the unmatched Dr. Walter Angst and Sir Henry…

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“Everybody Loves Pirates” by Frogtown Mountain Puppeteers

May 11 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Ballard Institute Theater, 1 Royce Circle
Storrs, CT 06268 United States
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$6 – $12

Eight-year-old Lucy and her goofy pal, Little Chucky, are searching for buried treasure, but a gang of bumbling pirates keeps getting in the way! The kids get some help from their new ocean-dwelling friends, including enthusiastic superhero Lobster Boy, his reluctant sidekick Crabby, and an overgrown sea monkey. This show by Maine’s popular Frogtown Mountain Puppeteers is 50 minutes and is recommended for ages 4+. Frogtown Mountain Puppeteers is a puppet troupe based in Bar Harbor, Maine, and comprised of…

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“Everybody Loves Pirates” by Frogtown Mountain Puppeteers

May 11 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Ballard Institute Theater, 1 Royce Circle
Storrs, CT 06268 United States
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$6 – $12

Eight-year-old Lucy and her goofy pal, Little Chucky, are searching for buried treasure, but a gang of bumbling pirates keeps getting in the way! The kids get some help from their new ocean-dwelling friends, including enthusiastic superhero Lobster Boy, his reluctant sidekick Crabby, and an overgrown sea monkey. This show by Maine’s popular Frogtown Mountain Puppeteers is 50 minutes and is recommended for ages 4+. Frogtown Mountain Puppeteers is a puppet troupe based in Bar Harbor, Maine, and comprised of…

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