Storytelling through Objects and Music: Reverse Cascade
I believe in the power of our stories, that telling and hearing stories is healing, that building and creating is empowering and that our stories are connected through the objects around us. As a performer and artist, my work explores objects as vocabulary used to tell stories. As a trained actor, clown and puppeteer, I use all of these skills to engage audiences through humor and sadness. I work to communicate beyond words: through music, through the life of objects, and through our shared humanity.
Through object puppetry and music, Reverse Cascade tells the story of world renowned juggler Judy Finelli. Circus and juggling objects - balls, scarves, rings, clown noses - compose the characters and the world of a physically disciplined circus performer at the height of her career and as her body begins to betray her. Multiple sclerosis weighs her down and tears her apart, and she must figure out a new identity now that her tool for performance has vanished.
Reverse Cascade began in a workshop at The National Puppetry Conference at The O'Neill Theater Center, and premiered in full at the Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry. It has since been performed at Puppet Showplace Theater, Single Carrot Theater, The Baltimore Theater Project at Artscape 2014, The 2015 Puppeteers of America National Festival and The 2015 National Puppetry Conference at The Eugene O'Neill Center. Performances in 2016 will include The Creative Alliance on February 18, The Tank in New York City from February 26-March 13 and International Puppet Days in Izmir, Turkey (Izmir Kukla Günleri) from March 14-20.
Directed by Anna Fitzgerald. Created by Anna Fitzgerald a devising cast of 8 puppeteers and 2 musicians. Performed by 6 puppeteers and 1 live musician.
Performers include and have included Moira Horowitz, Jeanine Padgett, Sophie Hinderberger, Jen Liu, Emily Hall, Paul Diem, Dustin Morris, and others and accompanied by ellen cherry.