UConn Winter Puppet Slam to be presented on Friday, February 3

J. R. Uretsky and Feminist Conference will be one of the groups of professional puppeteers and performers at the UConn Winter Puppet Slam.

The Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry and the UConn Puppet Arts Program will present the 2017 UConn Winter Puppet Slam on Friday, February 3, 2017 at 8:00 p.m. in UConn’s Studio Theatre. The UConn Winter Puppet Slam will feature short works by professional puppeteers and performers, including Lone Wolf Tribe, Dana Samborski, Better than Never Theater Company, The Grizzly Boys, and J. R. Uretsky and Feminist Conference, as well as new works for puppet and object theater by students from UConn’s School of Fine Arts.

The 2017 UConn Winter Puppet Slam includes work by an array of renowned Northeast puppet professionals and talented UConn students. From New York City, acclaimed puppeteer Kevin Augustine, who performs as Lone Wolf Tribe, will present Body Concert, a haunting solo piece with exquisitely sculpted foam-rubber puppets influenced by Japanese Butoh dance. UConn alum Dana Samborski will return to Storrs from Nashville, Tennessee to perform his tabletop show The Three Bears. The Better than Never Theater Company—UConn alumnus Joe Therrien and his partner Sam Wilson—will perform The Sirens of Titan, Episode 47: Tralfamadore, a toy theater spectacle based on the writings of Kurt Vonnegut. In addition, as The Grizzly Boys, Therrien and New York City puppeteer Tom Cunningham will present an overhead projector show torn from today’s headlines, The Sad and True Adventures of President Punch. Providence-based performance artist (and UConn Art and Art History alumna) J.R. Uretsky and her art band Feminist Conference (featuring Rachel Blumberg on drums and Emily Dix on cello) will perform Hope Load, an autobiographical performance featuring live music and video projection. In addition, the UConn Winter Puppet Slam will feature new works by UConn Puppet Arts graduate and undergraduate students.

The UConn Winter Puppet Slam is supported by the Puppet Slam Network. The Puppet Slam movement is a nation-wide flowering of short puppet productions for adult audiences, encouraged by the Puppet Slam Network created by Heather Henson and Marsian De Lellis. UConn Puppet Slams have been taking place since 2008, thanks to the generous support of the Network.

The UConn Winter Puppet Slam is free and open to the public; donations are greatly appreciated. The event will take place in the Studio Theatre located at 820 Bolton Rd, Storrs, CT. For directions to the Studio Theatre, visit crt.uconn.edu/directions/. These performances are recommended for mature audiences. For more information, call the Ballard Institute at (860) 486-8580 or email us at bimp@uconn.edu.