Texas Puppetry Festival: Handmade Puppet Dreams
Theater: Alamo Downtown
THE TEXAS PUPPETRY THEATRE FESTIVAL WITH HEATHER HENSON LIVE!
HANDMADE PUPPET DREAMS
CURATED AND INTRODUCED BY HEATHER HENSON
SUN. FEB. 26, 9:30pm
ABOUT HANDMADE PUPPET DREAMS:
A selection of short puppet films by independent artists exploring their hand made craft specifically for the camera. The goal is to showcase a new generation of puppeteers who will embrace film as a medium for their individual expressions. Collected are films that focus primarily on real-time performed puppetry, with an emphasis on character. Here we have a selection of contemporary artisans who carefully weave the craft of filming and puppetry into their work. These films have allowed artists to build their vision, then breathe life into their dreams.
ABOUT HEATHER HENSON:
Heather Henson is a graduate of Rhode Island School of Design in animation and attended The California Institute of the Arts to broaden her expertise in visual spectacles for theatre. Miss Henson has sought out an eclectic collection of contemporary artisans who carefully weave the craft of filming and puppetry into their work that is articulated in this program.
ABOUT THE MUPPETS:
This program will be punctuated by rare original Muppet shorts including Sam & Friends - >From 1955 to 1961, Henson's Sam and Friends, a five-minute live show, aired twice nightly on WRC-TV, Washington, D.C. Sam and Friends afforded Kermit's debut; it also featured several Muppets that didn't make the cut for The Muppet Show. Henson shorts include: "Nobody", "Cool Jazz", "Java", 'King of 8" and "Shrinkel and Stretchel".
With each success, the MUPPETS were awarded more time on television and film. The character dynamics became deeper and more complex...but never losing their sense of joy and fun and respect for each other. My father evolved a simple, honest puppet into a solid family of Muppets that truly reached out to the world. He inspired me and now, with pleasure I introduce to you a new brood of puppet oddities. Here's Handmade Puppet Dreams a tribute and in memory of my Father, who knew a lot about dreams and how to make them come true. (Heather Henson)
Showings (click on a show time to buy tickets):
Sunday, February 26