Sandglass at The Yard

Sandglass Theater puppetry workshop and Performance at The Yard

Sandglass will be in residency at The Yard in Martha’s Vineyard, MA January 15th- 20th.

Teaching and performing artists Shoshana Bass and Jana Zeller will be
participating in The Yard’s Making It residency, teaching in local schools
as well as for adult community members.

The public workshop for adults in *Making Puppet Theater from
Memoir and Personal Testimony, *Friday, January 19th, 4:00-7:00pm and
January 20th, 1-3:30pm, will culminate in a final performance on Saturday,
January 20th at 7pm.

This performance will also include an excerpt of Shoshana’s new work, *When
I Put On Your Glove,* a piece about memory, belonging and generational
inheritance, composed from Shoshana’s own practice of translating memoir
into Puppet Theater.


When I Put On Your Glove

When I Put On Your Glove is a puppetry, dance and spoken word piece that explores a daughter’s relationship to her father’s work building upon a premise that puppets are containers of memory. In it, a daughter explores what it means for her to slip into her father’s art – and not just the form, but the actual pieces. This work addresses universal questions of belonging, childhood, fear of loss, death and the complicated nature of navigating generational artistic legacy. The passing of these puppets into new hands marks a pivotal moment of generational transition for Sandglass Theater. It is an engagement with what legacy means in the field of puppetry; how an art form endures and transforms as it is handed to the next generation; meeting the voice of the past with the voice of the present, and singing it into the future.


Making Puppet Theater from Memoir and Personal Testimony

photo by Kiqe Bosch

Friday, January 19th, 4:00-7:00pm
Saturday, January 20th, 1-3:30pm

Attendance is required for both sessions and attendees are encouraged to perform.
This workshop takes participants through the process of gathering community stories through a story circle exercise, developed by John O’Neal in the Free Southern Theater during the civil rights movement. The stories we tell will become the material for exploring the potential of puppets to embody these stories and the choices we have to give the stories voice. The focus of the workshop addresses how we can tell the story of someone else without “playing” that role, and without appropriating that culture. The process looks at song, movement, at the actor/puppet relationship, and at simultaneous scenes, among other techniques, to explore what makes the puppet a special medium for evoking testimony. Participants will work with Sandglass’ exercise puppets from day one, and with any objects or raw materials that seem appropriate on day two. Wear comfortable clothing in which you can move. There are no materials fees for this workshop and no pre-requisite skills necessary.

Attendance is required for both sessions and encouraged at the evening performance, where developed material will be presented informally as part of the larger show. 

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