Sandglass Theater …30years and counting
30 Years of Thought-provoking Art
Sandglass’ original works, and our collaborations with artists in Asia, Europe, and Central America, often discover hope and unlikely possibilities for redemption in exploring difficult issues.
The Story of the Dog, with Sovanna Phum, Cambodia (2005) revealed the dark human consequences of war. Black Birds of Bialystok (2012), took on the mass expulsion of Jews from Poland in 1968. Religious tolerance shines in unlikely people and settings in Natan el Sabio, a collaboration with Teatro Luis Poma, El Salvador (2015). The Ark in the Tree (2005) treated the trials of refugees with tenderness and humor.
A new work, Babylon, uses puppets crafted by Ines Bass, a moving, original choral score, and their own testimony to share the physical, emotional, and spiritual challenges of todays refugees. Eric Bass and Roberto Salomon co-direct the new Sandglass ensemble. Visiting National Endowment for the Arts Chair, Jane Chu, has called this work-in-progress “powerful.”
With your help, Babylon will debut in 2017.
Sandglass is deeply rooted in southern Vermont and continues to flourish where it’s planted. We survive and thrive because of you, our extraordinary audience and community. Thanks for keeping us green and growing! Help us celebrate our 30th anniversary with a gift of at least thirty dollars.
Every dollar is important, paying our hard working staff and keeping ticket prices accessible for most of our community.
When I Put On Your Glove, this year’s new work by Shoshana Bass, is a symbolic sharing of the rich
A World of Artistry
In 2016 your generosity allowed Sandglass to work abroad and bring artists from across the country and around the world to Putney:
Chico Simoes brought Mamulengo, Brazilian hand puppetry blending colorful, energetic spectacle for children with social commentary for adults, to the Putney stage.
Multi-talented artist/musicians Anna and Elizabeth enlivened the Putney stage with “crankie” (moving panorama) theater, and the powerful harmonies, and ballads of Appalachian roots music.
Our Annual Puppetry Intensive welcomed students from Turkey, Poland, Canada, Japan, and the US to share Sandglass Theater’s process and traditions in a poignant, international collaboration.
Always Evolving and Expanding
The New Visions Series showcases the work of emerging artists, Winter Sunshine provides light-hearted, affordable children’s shows to families in the depths of winter, and we are delighted that Voices of Community has evolved into a week of performances, workshops, forums, and panel discussions.
This fall, Sandglass, in partnership with Next Stage Arts Project, presented vibrant performers and connected activists, artists, and community — all embracing the arts as a force for positive change.
Shows included Carpetbag Theater’s Speed Killed My Cousin, the story of an African American woman veteran’s struggle with PTSD, and Anu Yadav’s tour de force, ‘Capers, in which she transforms into twelve different characters to portray families fighting for their communities and the basic human right to a place to live. Heart of the Beast Theater’s Are You Thirsty? used puppetry and masks to engage school children with the story of Earth’s most vital resource, teaching them to become water stewards. Dynamic performing artists joined our local community activists to connect food, art, shelter, justice, and action—seeking to initiate positive changes on the social and environmetal issues challenging us all.
An Ongoing Legacy
Daughters Jana Zeller and Shoshana Bass teach puppetry arts, and bring their own artistry and verve to their mother’s shows for kids. They fulfill Ines’ wish that children collaborate with performers in creating “magic and make believe.”
A self-described “finder’s theater,” the founders’ process of discovery shines in the next generation. Jana Zeller’s Spybird Theater is a frequent, enchanting presence at Puppets in Paradise and in the Putney barn. Eric and Shoshana performed Autumn Portraits: Side by Side, a symbolic sharing of the rich Sandglass legacy.
During the Ko Festival of Performance, Shoshana further embraced her inheritance with, When I Put On Your Glove. This new work, uniting memories of a Sandglass childhood to the exquisite vignettes of Eric’s much-lauded Autumn Portraits, asks important questions about the viability of art, and the meaning of artistic legacy.
Awards and Honors
SEVEN TIME WINNER of the Citation of Excellence, Union Internationale de la Marionette (UNIMA-USA)
Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts, Vermont Arts Council, 2010
Best Direction (for D-Generation), 2013, Puppeteers of America, Puppet Festival (r)Evolution
In 1980, Eric Bass and Ines Zeller met at a puppet festival in Germany, and the rest is history—the inspired adventure in puppetry and theater art that is Sandglass Theater.
This year marks 30 years in Vermont of authentic, thought-provoking original work, international festivals, Puppets in Paradise, and exciting collaborations with ensemble theaters and puppeteers throughout the world.
For 30 years and continuing, thanks to your support, the creative spark is alive and fresh— and glowing at Sandglass.
Sandglass Theater is a 501(c)3 organization.
Donations are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.