D-Generation: An Exaltation of Larks
A piece about play, joy, and communication. A piece about dementia.
Directed by Roberto Salomon
Performed by Eric Bass, Ines Zeller Bass,
Video by Michel Moyse
Music by Paul Dedell
Lighting by Sabrina Hamilton
Puppets by Coni Richards, Ines Zeller Bass, Jana Zeller
Based on stories created by the residents of Pine Heights Nursing Home using Times lips, a collective creative story telling model developed by Anne Basting
D-GENERATION explores the rich creative potential and ability to communicate that
exists even in people with late-stage dementia. Their words and images, their creative
imaginations, yield work that is poetic, humorous, and quite mysterious. From these stories, Sandglass Theater forms scenes of the inner life of the characters, and creates a piece that reflects both the stigma and the emergence, the despair and the joy, that is equally present and possible, in both the person with dementia and in their caregivers and family members. The collected stories, which are associative and non-linear, were
gathered by Sandglass Theater’s performers in visits to care facilities. D-Generation is
performed by a cast of puppets, the residents of just such a facility.
SANDGLASS THEATER is an internationally acclaimed ensemble theater company
specializing in combining puppets with music, actors and visual imagery. Since 1982,
Sandglass has toured its broad repertoire of award winning pieces to over 24 countries,
performing in theaters, festivals and cultural institutions. Sandglass also performs and
teaches in its own 60-seat renovated barn theater in Putney, Vermont.
This Project has received funding from
D-Generation has received funding from The New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Theater Project, with lead funding from the Andrew W Mellon Foundation, The National Endowment for the Arts, The Jim Henson Foundation, The Clowes Fund, Fresh Sound Foundation, The McKenzie Family Charitable Trust, and donations from our generous supporters on Kickstarter.
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