Voices of Community

photo by Marianne Duval

About the Artist

Les Sages Fous has been creating original puppetry performances for twenty years in their homeland of Québec as well as abroad, and during that time Les Sages Fous and Sandglass Theater have sustained a rich history of collaboration and exchange.

About the event

Voices of Community presents top-level performance artists from around the country whose work embodies a commitment to social change. We connect visiting artists with local partner organizations to create programs that inspire dialogue around diverse issues within our community in Southern Vermont. These programs address issues such as housing security, racial equity, gender identity, disability, and more.

To learn more about the mission of Voices of Community and the history of its past events go here

In 2023, Sandglass is facilitating a series of Voices of Community workshops focusing on the role of arts education as a tool for social change. The 2023 series began in May, when Sandglass facilitated a residency with Tanya Nixon-Silberg and Bonnie Duncan of Play for Change at the Green Street School in Brattleboro. The residency included workshops for grades K-2 called “We Move Together,” celebrating the power of social organizing.

In September 2023, Sandglass was thrilled to welcome back Tarish Pipkins, a.k.a. Jeghetto Entertainment, to lead a series of Cardboard Sculpting Workshops with Theatre Adventure of Brattleboro. Theatre Adventure is dedicated to empowering youth and adults with disabilities through the experience of the performing arts. Jeghetto Entertainment lead a series of puppetry workshops at Theatre Adventure and in schools associated with their participant actors.

And finally, in late fall, Sandglass will host Quebecois artists Les Sages Fous for two special presentations of their new work Tricyckle, a mysterious duet between a man and his bike about travel and transformation.

Les Sages Fous was presented by Sandglass Theater
Friday, December 1 and Saturday, December 2, 2023 at 7:30pm
At Putney Central School in Putney, VT

Tricyckle is a dream-like adventure of mystery and transformation performed as a duet between a man and his bike. Guided by enigmatic arrows, a scrap-collector steers his Tricycle and trailer to the opening of a fantastical maze filled with illusions. A dream-like adventure begins. The tricycle guides the man through his life journey as if it were an uncanny ride at a fairground; through the house of mirrors, the carousels, and the games of chance… leading him through the dark shadows of his past towards his quest for freedom and into the light.

Tricyckle is a spectacle of metamorphosis and transformation using objects and puppetry. A visual performance without words, the show was conceived to be performed in theaters and also in unusual unconventional spaces. Les Sage Fous will be transforming the Putney Central School gymnasium into a magical space for unusual theater. Tricyckle's intriguing musical score is composed solely of invented instruments created with found objects.

Thank you to our funders

Tricyckle is co-presented by the Putney Central School. The presentation of Tricyckle is also funded in part by touring support from the Québec government and a grant from The Vermont Arts Council with support from the National Endowment for the Arts, and the New England States Touring program of the New England Foundation for the Arts, made possible with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts Regional Touring Program and the six New England state arts agencies.