DOT performance excerpt (2018)
What if we danced the way that children draw? Performers in Dot explore how children move their bodies when they create art and share a performance directly inspired by the movement and artistry of children ages 2-5. Very young audiences will enter a blank world made from paper that the adult dancers transform through color, line, and shape over the course of the performance.
COLOR PLAY (2018)
Color Play performance excerpt (2018)
Color Play asks children the following imaginative questions -- what does blue sound like? What does green do when it wakes up in the morning? How does orange dance? Under the direction of Amanda Pintore, performers in Color Play explore how children think about color through a performance directly inspired by the ideas, movements, and words of children ages 2-6 in our Play Lab series, a research-based space for very young children and their caregivers to create with artists. Very young audiences will enter an interactive world where colors make noises, have wild dances, and create delightful surprises. The performance itself will involve live music, exploratory art, and moments of interaction with the audience. Color Play is built in collaboration with the Lawrence Arts Center in Lawrence, KS and the Center of Creative Arts in St. Louis, MO.
DÍA DE LOS MUERTOS CALAVERAS (2017)
CALAVERA PUPPETS @ mattie rhodes center (2017)
Bread & Puppet has offered me a pathway to making art with many hands. I wanted to put my new skills to use in a communal that way also served as the vehicle for my first celebration of Día de los Muertos holiday. My Cuban-American family never celebrated this holiday while growing up in Miami, but now that I have been in Kansas nearly ten years and with most of my Cuban family gone, I long to reach out and grasp the hands of familiars, both physical and metaphysical.
These calavera puppets were created by a dedicated team of women, and performed in the Nelson Museum of Art (Kansas City, MO) and at the Mattie Rhodes Center (Topeka, KS) as part of their respective November's Día de Muertos festivities. The creative team behind these puppets: Jasmine Deng, Mariel Ferreiro, Blanca Herrada, Vanessa Reynaga, Katherine Romero, Kim Trang, Sandra Yoder (with help from Jett and Ivory), and myself (lead designer/builder/puppeteer).