D-Generation: an Exaltation of Larks

D-generation puppets - Sandglass Theater

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A piece about play, joy, and communication. A piece about dementia.

From playful story circles to dark private terror…
From lyrical inner visions to demanding confrontations…
From the reflections of caregivers to the fragmented
memories of residents of care facilities…
D-Generation evokes a complex world of people
living with dementia.

D-Generation: An Exaltation of Larks is a full-length theater piece based on stories written collaboratively by groups of people with late-stage dementia. The work is performed by three puppeteers (the caregivers) and five puppets (the residents of a care-facility). Set to a compelling original score and striking animated video segments, D-Generation takes us into a world that is all too much a part of our lives.

D-Generation explores the rich creative potential and ability to communicate that exists in people with late-stage dementia. Their words, their images, and their creative imaginations yield work that is poetic, humorous, and quite mysterious. From these stories, Sandglass Theater forms scenes of the inner lives of the characters, and creates a piece that reflects the stigma and the acceptance, 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 during 20 visits to care facilities, during which circles of people with dementia were guided through a collective story–making method called Timeslips. These stories reveal humor and playfulness as well as the dark reality of the disease. They stand on their own as dramatic material from a remarkable source. The stories, and the compelling process of writing them, form the inspiration for D-Generation.

Directed by

Roberto Salomon

Performed by

Eric Bass, Ines Zeller Bass, Kirk Murphy

Music by

Paul Dedell

Video by

Michel Moyse

Lighting by

Sabrina Hamilton

Puppets by

Coni Richards, Ines Zeller Bass, Jana Zeller

Stories created by

The Residents of Pine Heights at Brattleboro Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation using Timeslips, (a collective creative story telling model developed by Anne Basting)

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Fee support for Sandglass Theater may be available to nonprofit organizations through the New England States Touring (NEST) program of the New England Foundation for the Arts. Visit www.nefa.org for more information.

Photobooth videos record moving
audience reactions to D-Generation

Learn more about the photobooth project here