November 2, 2023 - November 18, 2023
Puppetry has been an integral part of La MaMa’s (ACC multiple grants since 1977) programming since 1962, when their founder Ellen Stewart invited puppet artists from Korea to perform their production of Head Hunting by Pagoon Kang Wouk. Ellen recognized puppetry as an art form that exists across world cultures in many different forms. Despite the cultural specificity and variety of these forms, she saw a universal magic in bringing inanimate objects to life. By setting objects in motion, puppet artists can penetrate linguistic and cultural barriers to tell stories that are accessible to audiences around the world. Bringing international puppet artists together leads to innovation, experimentation, and increased awareness of puppetry as a sophisticated art form.
Throughout their history, La MaMa has presented many notable puppet artists, including: Ping Chong, Vit Horejs, Ralph Lee, Tom Lee, Mabou Mines, Federico Restrepo, Jane Catherine Shaw, Theodora Skipitares, and Julie Taymor. In 1996, 1998 and 2000, La MaMa hosted the Henson International Festivals of Puppet Theater, created by the Jim Henson Foundation, which have been instrumental in supporting puppet artists everywhere. In 2004, they introduced the La MaMa Puppet Series, a biannual festival showcasing new contemporary puppet theatre. Since then, La MaMa has produced ten puppet festivals, curated by Denise Greber.
At the 10th La MaMa Puppet Festival, see new contemporary puppet theatre works by resident and international puppet artists, including:
SOUNDING THE RESONANT PATH by Tom Lee
🛸 THE HEALING SHIPMENT by Maria Camia
🤸♀️ JUMP START: A Presentation of Works in Progress
🔦 PUPPET SLAM curated by Jane Catherine Shaw
💭 DAYDREAM TUTORIAL by Maiko Kikuchi
🚲 TRICYCKLE by Les Sages Fous
🐺 THE PACT by Aaron Haskell
Get tickets to more than one show and save up to $65 with our multi-show puppet packages! 🎫