CIPTF 2017

Chicago International Puppet Theater Festival 2017

The Chicago International Puppet Theater Festival will take place January 19-29, 2017.

Join us for Links Hall’s contributions to the second edition of the Chicago International Puppet Theater Festival! Founded to establish Chicago as a center for the advancement of the art of puppetry, the 10 ­day city-wide festival is a mission ­driven program of Chicago-­based theater company Blair Thomas & Co. Founded in 2002, Blair Thomas & Co. is recognized as an international contributor to contemporary puppetry and a creator of uniquely expressive spectacle theater.

In addition to public performances, visiting artists from around the globe will lead free, hands ­on workshops, panel discussions, family drop ­in events, late night Puppet Slams and special presentations on the history and craft of puppetry. The festival also will host a concurrent scholarly conference for international artists and scholars devoted to advancing scholarship and research in the field of puppetry. New this year will be the “Catapult Fellowship Program,” a special initiative catering to visiting artists and presenters who will come to Chicago and enjoy a curated, four ­day experience including performances, workshops, meals and special events.

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Co-Produced by Rough House Theater, Anna Trier and Brett Swinney

Rough House & Links Hall’s Nasty, Brutish & Short: a Puppet Cabaret

Friday-Saturday January 20-28, 2017 @ 11:00 pm
Tickets: $15, $12 students/seniors
Hit Links Hallfor late night cabarets featuring short works by international festival artists, regional puppeteers, and local talent. End your evening with a tasty selection of the raucous, raunchy, dark, sassy, sad, and hilarious! The program provides a late-night hang out spot for the whole Festival, an opportunity for out of town talent to bring shorter works, and a space for local artists. Each show features at least two mainstage Festival artists bringing secondary short works, and at least two Nasty, Brutish, and Short contributors.

Nasty, Brutish & Short: A Puppet Cabaret

Friday-Saturday, January 20-21 & January 27-28 2017 @ 7pm
Price: $15; $12 students/seniors

Hit Links Hall for late night cabarets featuring short works by international festival artists, regional puppeteers and local talent. End your evening with a tasty selection of the raucous, raunchy, dark, sassy, sad and hilarious! The program provides a late-night hang out spot for the whole festival, an opportunity for out-of-town talent to bring shorter works, and a space for local artists. Each show features at least two mainstage festival artists bringing secondary short works, and at least two

7ways
Saturday – Sunday, January 21-22, 2017 @ 7:30pm
Price: $15; $12 students/seniors

Where lies the boundary between the body and the machine? In an empty space, illuminated by cold light,Geumhyng Jeongcombines dance, puppetry, and a mastery of visual theatrica to explore the potential of the human: the sensuality, power, and mutability of the body. In seven peculiar “duets” with mundane objects ranging from household appliances to mannequins, Jeong bestows a bizarre and disconcerting life to the inanimate through an intense and risky interaction with her own body.

Immaculate, Poignant, & Medium Length
Monday-Wednesday, January 23-25, 2017 @ 7:30pm
Price: $15; $12 students/seniors

In this sister show toNasty, Brutish, and Short, four respected local innovators present medium-length puppet productions including:

Vanessa Valliere performing The Life and Times of Terry
The Life and Times of Terry
is a whimsical multi-media journey of romance, parenthood, and success. A woman’s search for love has hilarious consequences told through clowning, puppetry, audience participation, drawings, photos and projections.

Myra Su’s An Inter-Dimensional Love Story
An Inter-Dimensional Love Story tells of an unrequited love between a 2D square, a2, and a 4D tesseract, Caroline. Each dimension is interpreted through a different style of puppetry: 1D and 2D by shadow puppetry; 3D by tabletop puppetry; 4D by digitally animated projections. Protagonist a2 travels between the second and third dimensions with pop-up book techniques.

Christopher Knowlton’s Hay in Hard Times
Hay in Hard Times stars a charming and somewhat bumbling character created by Knowlton’s butt disguised with a fake nose, glasses and other costuming. Using comedy, self-referential performance, puppetry, props, movement, imagery puns and abbreviated monologues, the work touches on identity, isolation, humor and self-criticism.

Liz Schachterle performing Music Box
Music Box is a poetic piece about love and loneliness within a mechanical imaginative world. A Little Girl cranks a music box. Within the box, a shadow puppet show plays out where the little girl finds a playmate, a magical birdman. Their story is told through music and shadows.