Studies in Puppet Form and Performance introduces participants to the use of puppetry and storytelling. Participants make a puppet and learned to manipulate them to tell a story. After 4 months (three of which were via zoom) of weekly meeting they developed a short puppet piece, which you are invited to watch live.
Studies in Puppet Form and Performance is in conjunction with Sirovich Senior Center and introduces participants to the use of puppetry and storytelling. These workshops took place over a four month period (three of which were via zoom due to COVID-19); in these workshops members had weekly meetings building the puppet, they learned and rehearsed how to manipulate their puppet and then developed and wrote short puppet performances.
Please join us on Friday, July 31 at 4pm to see their final presentations.
Links to performance will be provided on day of on this page.
Workshop Led and Directed by Federico Restrepo
Assistant Teaching Artist: Denise Greber
Zoom, Sound, Video Design and Technical Direction: Hao Bai
Featuring Works From:
Dolores La Guardia
Laura Anne Walker
These performances will be followed by a brief talk back with participating artists and will be moderated by John Issendorf.
This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, Manhattan Borough President Community Award Program 2020, processed through the New York City Department for the Aging, The Jim Henson Foundation and individual donors.
Loco7 Dance Puppet Theatre Company, founded by Colombian born artist, Federico Restrepo in 1985, develops and promotes creative productions of Dance, Theatre, Puppets, Visual Arts, Media, Music and other forms of artistic expression. We aim to be a public association where artistic expression and cultural community meet. The company explores the junction of race, culture, history, and media in New York and throughout the global community.
Loco7’s cultural policies emphasize pluralism, dialogue, and cultural transformation. Loco7 is an organization that has been built on diversity and this is reflected in the history of work. Our audiences reflect our artists: they are multigenerational, multicultural, multiracial, and inclusive of all sexual and gender identities. We pay particular attention to the growing immigrant communities and support their efforts to engage within the community.
Loco7 has premiered many original pieces at La MaMa in New York City, with subsequent tours throughout the world. Most recently Loco7 premiered Don Quixote Takes New York (2018), Seucy & Boto, epi 2 (2017), Seucy & Boto, epi 4 (2016), Undefined Fraction (2016/2015), Seucy & Boto, epi 1,2,3 (2015), Plunge (2013), Free Falling (2013), Urban Odyssey (2012), In Retrospect (2010), Room To Panic (2008), Open Door (2006), Bokan – the Bad Hearted (2004), 9 Windows (2002), Colores (1998), Aguirre, the Spiral of the Warrior (1996), Cosecha (1990), Loco7 (1989), and two other Gotham fantasies: Locombia (1986), Carrera (1988). In addition Loco7 premiered in Bogotá, Colombia, Piratas de Papel (1994) and Mobile Urbano (1986).
Loco7 Dance Puppet Theatre Company is unique in that it is focused on providing underrepresented, under-served, and emerging artists the opportunity to create and collaborate with Loco7. Loco7 provides an environment of creative freedom for artists to explore, and develop their artistic practice. With our limited budget, we provide the maximum amount of opportunities to our artists to horn their skills and grow within the ensemble.