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Object Movement Festival - Program A

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The Center at West Park

165 W 86th Street

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New York, NY 10024

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OBJECT MOVEMENT is a curated festival and developmental residency for puppeteers and object theater artists. The purpose of the program is to develop new work and advance existing works-in-progress that address social, political, ethical, and/or philosophical questions through puppetry and object theater, culminating in a festival of performances.

Curated by Maiko Kikuchim, Rowan Magee, and Justin Perkins

Program A performances includes:

The Sixth Day

The Sixth Day re-imagines the widely-known Creation Story as a tragic tale of love and loss. Inspired by sources like the Bible and Milton's Paradise Lost, The Sixth Day is a wordless puppetry piece that features shadow, bunraku-style puppetry and movement.

Created and Directed by Andrea Ang

Puppeteers: Andrea Ang, Grace Bernardo, Susanna Brock, Aston Hollins McClanahan, Sarah McEneaney

Sound Design by Luke Santy

Lighting Design by Uttam Grandhi


Teacups is a puppet theater piece inspired by a Czech folktale. The Keeper is a sinister water demon who overturns boats and drowns their passengers, forcing their stolen souls into teacups which he hoards in his lair. Our story centers on a soul that manages to escape the Keeper’s possession and find its way into the hands of an unsuspecting junk collector, an amiable swamp creature who does his best to help the soul without fully understanding its identity or its situation. teacups is an exploration of depression and how it manifests itself inside those who live with it.

Story & Design by Dorothy James

Directed by Andy Manjuck

Music by Matt O'Koren

Puppeteers: Nick Lehane, Charles Pang, Kelley Selznick, Shayna Strype, Teddy Yudain


Molting is about shedding one’s skin and confronting one’s memories. The character illustrates the liminal space she embodies by using her own physical body and her molded body parts to explore the feeling of in-between-ness and the process of accepting herself. This piece is strongly influenced by powerful women in my family who have taught me to stand strong on my own two feet both in Japan and America.

Performer and Creator: Leah Ogawa

Director: Sarah Plotkin

Dramaturg: Sarah Machiko Haber

Sound Designer: Jess Hart

Musician: Joshua Marcks

Assistant builder: Neda Kazemifar

The Ramayana

Little Did explores the nature of cross-cultural collaboration with a selection from “The Ramayana,” an epic poem familiar to over a billion people. Come experience this story through the eyes of a multidisciplinary collective of artists inspired by puppetry styles from South Asia, the traditional music of North India and a "video narrator" from West Bengal. Using overhead projectors and live sitar, the company presents shadow puppetry in raga form. "Little Did Productions presents: The Ramayana” is a new work with live music and puppetry that tells a timeless tale of mythic proportions for audiences of all-ages. Equity approved showcase.

Directed by: Jessica Marie Lorence

Featuring: Rachael MacBean, Sara Jane Munford, Alison Novelli*, Roshni Samlal and Luke Santy

Puppet Design: Aditi Damle


Giveness explores stories of everyday gifts through promenade, sensory, and shadow puppet theatre.

Giveness is an interactive experience for a small audience. A limited number of reserved spots are available when you choose your ticket type, and a signup list for remaining spots will be available at the box office each evening.

Created and Performed by: Amy Jensen

For ages 8+.

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