CHICAGO CULTURAL CENTER TO HOST FREE FAMILY PERFORMANCES AS PART OF THE CHICAGO INTERNATIONAL PUPPET THEATER FESTIVAL JANUARY 20–22, 2017
Explore the imaginative world of puppets and marionettes with a series of FREE family performances at the Chicago Cultural Center (78 E. Washington) on Friday, January 20; Saturday, January 21; and Sunday, January 22, presented by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) and the Chicago International Puppet Theater Festival. The Puppet Festival runs January 19 through January 29 at venues throughout the city. For a complete schedule of performances, visit chicagopuppetfest.org.
Friday, January 20
11 a.m., Claudia Cassidy Theater, 2nd Floor North
As part of Juicebox children’s performance series at the Chicago Cultural Center, the Chicago-based Jabberwocky Marionettes will perform with original and expertly-crafted marionettes and puppets. With its engaging music and dance performances in a kid-friendly setting, the bi-weekly Juicebox programs are geared toward the stroller set and enjoyable for the whole family.
Saturday, January 21 and Sunday, January 22
T(w)O MARIAS from Portmanteau
Noon – 4 p.m., Dance Studio, 1st Floor North
T(w)O MARIAS features handcrafted puppets and diorama-like set pieces in a walkthrough, immersive exploration of the ways that loss can shift and change our inner landscapes. Festival audiences are invited to observe and participate in the development of this new work-in-progress in a drop-in, open studio setting.
Sunday, January 22
Three artists—Interstate Arts, Schroeder Cherry and Magali Chouinard—will present family friendly performances as part of the Festival Neighborhood Tour. These FREE events invite families to share a full day of activity or to sample performances. The performances take place at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. in the Chicago Cultural Center’s Preston Bradley Hall, and each runs 40-45 minutes.
PLAY with your food by Interstate ARts
11 a.m., Preston Bradley Hall, 3rd Floor South
Designed for families and kids, this original piece by Detroit-based Interstate Arts mixes hilarious and bizarre live performers with sweet and spectacular puppets of all sizes in celebration of the universal human experience of eating. PLAY with your food invites audiences to learn urban gardening and cooking how-tos, hear from a chatty muffin and get down with the sweet sound of a veggie synthesizer.
Underground Railroad, Not A Subway by Schroeder Cherry
1 p.m., Preston Bradley Hall, 3rd Floor South
Schroeder Cherry shares the story of a young boy who escapes slavery to run North, encountering free blacks, sympathetic whites and slave catchers along the way. Will he make it? Underground Railroad, Not A Subway is performed with a variety of hand-constructed puppets including rod puppets, hand puppets and wood cut-outs.
The White Woman by Magali Chouinard
3 p.m., Preston Bradley Hall, 3rd Floor South
In The White Woman, Montreal’s Magali Chouinard takes a tender look at how solitude can be a special place—a place where we discover and rediscover ourselves. By daring to be silent, to move slowly and deliberately and to follow a non-linear narrative, Chouinard invites audiences to invest themselves in an otherworldly visual poem.
The Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) presents free arts programming year-round at the Chicago Cultural Center and other venues. For more information visit chicagoculturalcenter.org and cityofchicago.org/dcase, call 312.744.3316 or join the conversation on Facebook (Chicago Cultural Center, Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events) and on Twitter and Instagram, @ChiCulturCenter @ChicagoDCASE.
The Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) is dedicated to enriching Chicago’s artistic vitality and cultural vibrancy. This includes fostering the development of Chicago’s non-profit arts sector, independent working artists and for-profit arts businesses; providing a framework to guide the City’s future cultural and economic growth, via the 2012 Chicago Cultural Plan; marketing the City’s cultural asses to a worldwide audience; and presenting high-quality, free and affordable cultural programs for residents and visitors.
The Chicago International Puppet Theater Festival was founded to establish Chicago as a center for the advancement of the art of puppetry as a mission-driven program of Chicago-based theater company Blair Thomas & Co. The 2017 Chicago International Puppet Theater Festival boasts 24 presenting partners, 22 venues, more than 25 artists from seven countries presenting 20 different shows and more than 90 total performances. The festival website, chicagopuppetfest.org, is your online gateway to learn about, and with its new, shared online box office, purchase your tickets to this world pageant of top puppet artists and shows. Sign up via the website to receive important festival updates. Track the festival hashtag, #ChiPuppetFest, like the festival on Facebook, or follow the festival on Twitter at @ChiPuppetFest or on Instagram. For information (only) during the festival, call the Chicago International Puppet Theater Festival box office, (312) 554-9800.