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Wednesday, August 26, 2020


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Deadline: September 15, 2020 5PM

OBJECT MOVEMENT is a residency program for developing new works by puppeteers and object theater artists. Object Movement supports the development new work and advances existing works-in-progress that address eternal human questions and the urgent challenges of our society today through puppetry and object theater, and produces an annual festival of performances. The Fall 2020 Digital Puppetry Lab will focus on the creative opportunities and challenges of making puppetry and object theater for a virtual audience with the tools of modern technology.

Eight participants will meet weekly on Zoom to share the questions they’re wrestling with and the discoveries they’ve made. Participants will take turns sharing works in progress and offering peer feedback, with moderation and support from the curators. Group meetings are on Tuesday evenings from 8:00pm to 9:30pm starting September 29, culminating in an online festival of “lab experiments” over four evenings, Thursday 11/19 through Sunday 11/22. The final meeting of the lab to reflect on the process will be on Tuesday, November 24.

Thanks to a grant from the Jim Henson Foundation, participants will each receive a performance fee of $100 for participation in the festival, as well as a share of the donations collected from the festival audience.

Artists may apply with a specific project in mind, or with topics and themes they want to explore. All work for the residency will be created for an online audience, and artists will perform a 5 to 10 minute piece developed during the residency at the festival.

Applications for the Fall 2020 Object Movement Digital Puppetry Lab are now open and are due on Friday, September 11 at 5pm. Applicants will be notified by Friday, September 17. Email us at objectmovement@centeratwestpark.org with any questions.

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